Recipe: Watermelon & Citrus Salad

It's been an especially hot week in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and when it's this warm, I crave watermelon. Last night, I started making a watermelon salad that became what you see above and it was so delicious that I have to share my experimental recipe with you. It nicely complements grilled chicken.

You'll Need
1/4 of a [seedless] watermelon
2 pickling cucumbers (pickling cucumbers are my favorite because they're extra firm)
1 bulb of fennel, thinly sliced and include the fronds
1-2 oranges
Zest and juice from one lemon
3-4 tablespoons of pine nuts, toasted (and half a tablespoon of butter for toasting)
1/3-1/2 package of fresh goat cheese (here's my favorite
Trader Joe's orange muscat champagne vinegar, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cube the watermelon and add to a bowl, along with thinly chopped cucumbers, fennel, and oranges. Zest and juice lemon and add to mixture. In a small frying pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and let it melt. Add pine nuts and lightly toast. Allow nuts to cool slightly before adding to bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons (do a taste test) of the orange muscat champagne vinegar and freshly ground pepper, and stir. Finally, add fennel fronds and goat cheese and stir a final time before serving. Enjoy!

* Strawberries, blueberries, and grapefruit would all be a delicious addition to the salad.
* Don't have a Trader Joe's near you? You can order the vinegar through Amazon. Also, any fruity vinegar would do or try a lemon olive oil. Yum.

Recipe: Summer Morning Smoothie

I have a confession: I hate greens in my smoothies. I've never liked vegetable juice because I'd rather just eat my vegetables. My freezer is always stocked with frozen berries though, and the blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are from our garden. I love spring and summer mornings when the windows are open and it's breezy and warm. The birds are chirping outside and it's the perfect welcome to the new day. Why not make a refreshing and healthy fruit smoothie?

This [vegan] smoothie provides a welcome helping of fruit and an energy boost. Frozen fruit is great because you don't need ice and the consistency is nice and thick.

You'll Need
One banana, sliced
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries
3/4 cup orange juice or apple cider
3/4 cup vanilla or regular almond milk
One teaspoon lemon juice

Blend until smooth. Makes two servings.

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