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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 11:04 AM


A bit are many of my quizzes! I think you will like this "freelance" recipe if you stick with it!

Not only is this creation cool for the summer months, but "kewl" because the colors are spectacular together! Just look at the combination of colors, not to mention the totally different taste sensations. Again, as I always mention, make it your own...but I have found this combination perfect for my taste buds and eye appeal.This recipe makes one generous portion for one or serve as a nice side dish for two.

Lettuce of your choice (I always used radicchio, an imported lettuce from Italy, with a slightly bitter taste and deep purple in color, and I think a perfect complement to the other ingredients.)
1 fresh freestone peach
1/2 medium cucumber
1 - 6oz.container, lemon or lime yogurt (I believe the lemon is best)
1 cup fresh blueberries

Oddly enough, though the last ingredient you will add to your creation, it will be the first to prep. Blueberries will discolor anything the fruit comes into contact with...right? Well, you most certainly do not want the lemon yogurt tinged purplish-blue, right? So I will share an old ancient Chinese secret of mine with all fellow "Foodies". Rinse blueberries thoroughly in colander and drain. I always keep the most gawd-awful looking, stained terry hand towel in the kitchen for this very purpose. Place berries on towel and roll up gently...and just leave as is until ready to use. The berries will not seep any further every time!

Wash and dry desired amount of lettuce and place on serving dish. Again, the radicchio for the color, and the fact it makes a lettuce cup for the filling!

Cut the peach in half and carefully pop out the tightly embedded stone with a spoon. Pare if you like and slice it into section sizes that appeal to you.

Prepping the cucumber offers several options and totally is your personal preference. Pare if you choose to avoid any additional bitterness in the salad, leave the peel as is, or if you haven't tried it "stripped", consider that as an option. Before slicing the "cuke", holding it firmly, and using the tines of a fork, pull the fork down from top to bottom. It will leave the tiniest bit of green for color but reduce the bitterness tremendously. Slice as you like, but I quarter two-inch sections and julienne.

Arrange the peach and cucumber as you like on the lettuce.

Place blueberries in medium sized bowl. Gently stir in the yogurt of choice.

Spoon over your lovely and colorful creation of peaches and cucumber...the berries are the crowning glory!

A great extra with salmon or tuna steak or with grilled or cold chicken...but gorgeous with the freshest of a brightly colored salmon fillet.

Taco24  (Level: 129.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 11:35 PM

Very cool idea.

Already have the blueberries in the fridge.



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