(5-oz.) bag baby lettuces
fresh nectarine or peach, peeled, seeded and sliced
ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
soft-ripened California cheese, such as chevre or feta, crumbled
- In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and nutmeg.
- Add baby lettuces; toss to combine with dressing.
- Arrange nectarines or peaches and avocado slices on top of salad.
- Scatter cheese crumbles on top and serve immediately.
Top with toasted sliced almonds if desired.
Serve with ice tea for a cool summer treat.
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
This is a very simple recipe that you'll master on the first try. I don't normally recommend that you serve something to company without having made it a few times but you can't mess this up -- except maybe the toasted almonds. If you don't buy toasted and you haven't toasted almonds yourself, skip them or serve them raw. That's really the only thing you can do, burn the almonds while roasting them, that might mess it up.
Remember that you can skip the almonds. You can also substitute walnut pieces (non-toasted) if you'd like nuts but not almonds.
If you've missed it, food prices are increasing around the world. The drought's being blamed for the increase. The World Bank issued a press release that opens:
WASHINGTON, August 30, 2012 – Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high temperatures in both the United States and Eastern Europe, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report.
From June to July, maize and wheat rose by 25 percent each, soybeans by 17 percent, and only rice went down, by 4 percent. Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index, which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities, was 6 percent higher than in July of last year, and 1 percent over the previous peak of February 2011.
“Food prices rose again sharply threatening the health and well-being of millions of people,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “Africa and the Middle East are particularly vulnerable, but so are people in other countries where the prices of grains have gone up abruptly.”
Overall, food prices between April and July continued the volatile trend observed during the previous 12 months, which halted the sustained increases between mid-2010 and February 2011. Prices increased in April, came down in May and June, and sharply increased in July.
I think around December, we're all going to be shocked by the huge increase in food prices in the US. Maybe sooner but by December for sure.
And it's not like the food prices haven't been going up during the last three years already.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: