It’s hot. I don’t know if it’s hot where you are right now, but this week is starting off way too warm for my liking (it was 80 degrees before 9am today!). Helllloooo, Summer! I am very grateful that I spend most of the day in an office that has air conditioning, but when I get home, it’s terrible. Single pane windows, no central air conditioning, and around 6pm the sun shoots straight into our living room through the sliding glass door and heats up the apartment even more. My roommates and I chose location over the luxury of apartment amenities, so it’s kind of our own fault we live in an apartment that is so bad at keeping the heat out. But no regrets! Hopefully, it will cool down later this week.
So when your living room is about 95 degrees, what on Earth do you eat or cook?! Yes, a strict diet of ice cream and milkshakes has crossed my mind multiple times, but my mother would be very upset with me if she found out. So, I’ve taken to munching on cold veggies, eating out somewhere that has air conditioning, and salads! This salad is so refreshing especially on a hot summer’s day. I have a thing for spinach, and I can never really say no to fruit. Combine the two, and I am completely satisfied! Sweet, ripe strawberries mixed with rich avocados. and creamy feta. I made a Dijon vinaigrette to go along with it, giving it a tangy kick that ties it all together really nicely.
If anyone has a summer recipe recommendation, please don’t hesitate to send it over! I’m running out of meal ideas where I don’t have to use my oven or stove, and it would be greatly appreciated! I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather and staying cool!
Strawberry and Feta Salad (makes about 1 serving)
1/2 avocado, diced
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
Handful of strawberries
Dijon Vinaigrette (makes 2-3 servings)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Over a bed of spinach, combine the strawberries, avocado, and red onion. Sprinkle feta cheese over entire dish. For the dressing, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Drizzle over salad. Enjoy!