It’s technically not quite summer, but it feels like it, and I’ve been craving the lighter clothes and lighter foods of summer. We’ve already been swimming (in a pond, on the Cape) and eagerly await the true marks of summer, when my farm share starts up and the local pools open and school’s out (Massachusetts schools get out in late June).
I’ve been spending a lot of time in my new prAna Quinn dress, which is comfortable, pretty, and sustainably made. It’s nice enough that when I recently wore it with a cardigan to a parents’ event at school, someone asked me if I was heading to work afterward! The dress is equally at home on the beach or around town.
The Quinn dress is made of a stretchy, quick-drying fabric and has a shelf bra (yay! — I hate putting on an actual bra in summer!). Like a lot of prAna clothing, it’s made partly from recycled polyester, and it is made using bluesign® systems, an environmentally friendly and sustainable production system.
I’ve long had a bookmark to this great chopped spring salad recipe and finally got around to making it last week. It calls for chopped spring vegetables (such as radishes, scallions, and cucumber) drizzled with a yogurt-based dressing and sprinkled with herbs.
I had only parsley (which I forgot to use) and just used what veggies I had on hand: sweet peppers, cucumber, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, carrots. I only really cared about the dressing, frankly, but modified it (of course!).
I put the chopped salad on top of a huge bed of greens, then put shredded poached chicken on top of that, then drizzled on plenty of the dressing. A quick grind of lemon pepper, and I had a great dinner!
Zippy Summer Dressing/Dip Recipe (adapted from Bon Appetit)
- 1/2 cup plain Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek yogurt
- 2 T olive oil
- 1.5 T lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic, grated or minced (I think more is better, but it’s up to you)
- 1/2 tsp Sriracha
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- a few grinds of black or lemon pepper, for serving
Whisk all ingredients together. Adjust seasonings. Drizzle over salad, toss with veggies, or use as a dip.
Do you have #SummerCravings for something from prAna? Here is a discount code for 15% off of anything at prAna.com! Use code SCS16JUMA.
- Not valid for Influencers, on Gift Certificates or valid with any other offers
- Valid June 1 – July 7, 2016
But wait, there’s more! Thanks to Stonyfield and prAna, I am giving away one Quinn dress! Winner selects color and size.
- Winner will be selected on June 22.
- Giveaway is only open to U.S. citizens.
- Prize will be shipped directly from prAna.