Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#WCW What's Cookin' Wednesday: Refreshing Summer Salad Mint Vinaigrette!

I love using fresh herbs from my garden! If you planted fresh mint, then this time of year it is growing like crazy! Mint plants contain an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid, which has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant. Mint is also thought to improve the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion.
There are a lot of recipes that call for fresh mint—here’s one of my favorites!

SUMMER SALAD MINT VINAIGRETTE 
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
½ tsp kosher salt

Combine the mint and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. 
Let steep for about 10 minutes. Strain into a large bowl, pressing on the leaves to extract all the liquid. (you’ll have approx. 3  tbsp of liquid after straining)
Add the oil, vinegar, honey and salt and whisk until well combined. 

This is wonderful on a summer salad. Get about 12 cups of the bitter greens, like arugula and watercress. Chop that up and put in a bowl, along with ½ cup of slivered fresh mint. Mix in your homemade mint vinaigrette. Add some ripe, sliced peaches or nectarines and some slivered almonds and enjoy!!

-Delia 

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