Often times in life simple is best. I went on a walk last night along the Mississippi river with someone special after dinner, and although it was just a walk it was so much more than that. It It was one of the most enjoyable walks, not to mention moments I have had in quite a long time filled with lots of good conversation. It was a beautiful night, with a light breeze and lots of people watching of course with an awesome view of the river. Although I have to admit the company was more of the enjoyment than the act of walking itself. I guess it doesn't matter what you do as long as you do it in good company. It was so much better than any movie we could have gone to, or something costing lots of money to do. I have always appriciated the simple, especially when it comes to spending time with those you care about. Afterall, without all the distractions you can just focus on each other, and that is always best! The same goes for food sometimes as far as simplicity goes. Tonight I made a wonderful salad with a few fresh seasonal ingredients, cherries, mint, and local greens topped off with some toasted pistachios. It was delightful! So simple and quick to make, and yet so good! The perfect accompaniment to a light tofu dish I had also made. I have included a recipe if you would like to try some! Take some time to enjoy the simple things in life, all too often we get lost in the details.
1 Tbsp olive oil
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup pitted halved fresh cherries
2 Tbsp fresh mint, cut in chiffonade
1 large bunch of arugula or greens of your choice
1/2 cup shelled roasted salted pistachios
Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cherries, mint, and greens. Pour over dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 plates, and scatter pistachios over each.