Heat Wave Summer Salad


Saying that the past 2 weeks has been burning hot here in Shanghai does not really convey how actually horrible it has been and it still is. I am trying to survive this inferno that someone calls Summer…I wont be going home until September which means I have 2 full months ahead of me of 38+ Celsius and 90% humidity…I seriously need to find a swimming pool where I can refresh myself at least on weekends.

As you guys all know, in the summer I try to cook as little as possible tho I still need to feed myself and I still enjoy creating new dishes . This is what I made for lunch yesterday, a delicious refreshing salad with chickpeas, barleys, fresh fruit and a sour-sweet dressing!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 can of spinach
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1 small peach
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1-1/2 cup barley
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 heaping tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Drain the spinach from their water and put them in a bowl

add the chickpeas

chop up the peach and add it to the bowl

together with the fresh blueberries

and the barley

in a separate bowl prepare the dressing. Add 2 tbsp of apple cider

1 tbsp of maple syrup

1 tsp of olive oil

1 heaping tsp of yellow mustard

salt and cinnamon

stir and pour on top of the salad

Stir all the ingredients together and refrigerate or serve!

I loved the flavor that the dressing gives to this salad. Pls try this soon!



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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.