The summer season is something we Ontarians wait for with gleeful abandon. From the minute we shed our winter coats and boots, our quest for the perfect sunny day begins – where we luxuriate in lazy long weekends and culminate in one last summer blowout on Labour Day weekend. It’s awesome. It’s part of our identity as Canadians.
But there’s an ugly side effect of this tradition, namely the dreaded HEAT WAVE. Some people subscribe to this rule: if you complained all winter about the cold, you can’t complain about the heat of summer. If you’re one of those who endorses to this rule, you’re going to have a lot of free time on your hands after all that “polar vortex” business of last winter. What to do with it? Take up macramé? Pole-vaulting? Maybe invest some time trying out a few new recipes that feature fabulous summer produce and flavours? Yes! Go with that last one.
But who want to cook when it’s 40 degrees in the shade? Not to worry – here are a few of our favourite food inspirations to beat the summer heat.
Our criteria –
- Easy to prepare.
Quick Recipe: ARUGULA & CAPRESE SALAD
Add cherry tomatoes (halved) and mini bocconcini cheese to a bed of arugula. Combine equal parts of both balsamic and olive
oil with a pinch of sugar. Drizzle over salad and serve.
Quick Recipe: COOL CUCUMBER SALAD
Dice apples, avocado, cucumbers, feta and pancetta. Combine ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with a vinaigrette of your choice. Add fresh dill and parsley. Slice a cucumber lengthwise and join the ends with a toothpick, place on a plate and fill with the salad.
Quick Recipe: WATERMELON & FETA SALAD
Watermelon, diced or cubed, red onion rings, green basil leaves, crumbled feta, crushed black pepper and an olive oil and lime juice dressing, pepper to taste.