Think of all of the beautiful red foods: the dark red of an apple, the pinkish red of a raspberry, the purplish red of a cherry, and the bright red of a bell pepper. Red foods are delicious! For those of us who are looking at a long hot summer ahead, there is great joy to be found in these delicious red foods: they are at their freshest, and available through many local sources. Shop at your farmer’s market for the best and “greenest” options! Think of the juicy watermelons, the sweet strawberries, and the tangy red cabbage!
Now that you are thinking about all of the possibilities, here is a great recipe that I had for dinner tonight:
Watermelon Raspberry Mint Salad
4 cups (about 2 lbs) of seeded and cubed watermelon
1/3 c minced fresh mint
3 c fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp lime juice
Divide the watermelon cubes and sprinkle with minced mint. Top with equal amounts of raspberries and sprinkle with remaining mint. In a small bowl, mix honey and lime juice with a fork and drizzle over the melon and berries.
**We refrigerated ours for about 30 minutes and it was the perfect amount of time to marinate in the lime juice.
It was a perfect match with the risotto (alas, it was not red…)
The watermelon salad (and the risotto too) recipe was from the amazing cookbook series that is actually categorized by color (a great Project Spectrum inspiration!):