(no) Labor Day Summer Salad
fig and nectarine fruit salad
End of Grandes Vacances. End of summer. Sigh. No more long sunny days and lazy mornings. No more cabana boy bringing you a chilled rosé to sip on at the beach with your friends. Bigger sigh. As if that isn’t too much to take in, the return to reality after vacation can be jarring. There is the vacation mail that was held and now spilling over the box ready for you to dive in. The appointments, forms, supplies, and back to school events filling your calendar which despite your color labels (an organizational system that Martha Stewart herself would admire) your calendar does not look organized. Instead, it looks like a toddler has taken crayons to it. Although vacation brings a rejuvenation and a new sense of life, sometimes we are not yet ready to let go of summer.
For me this is especially true when it comes to summer fruits including: melons; stone fruits; heirloom tomatoes; and figs. Labor Day weekend seems to mark the end of summer and these foods. After Labor Day, the supply of these fruits dwindles with the appearance of white pants (although Los Angelenos have carved out an exception for the pants rule it seems).
I have a friend who says she does not really like to cook, she would rather cut and assemble. As I hold on to the lazy days of summer, this weeks post, a simple salad for upcoming Labor Day weekend, is for her. Read the rest of this entry »