The Taste of Summer: Solstice Salad with St. John's Wort

The Taste of Summer: Solstice Salad with St. John's Wort

Amanda Furbee

As the Summer Solstice approaches, it's the perfect time to embrace the abundance of fresh produce and vibrant flavors that this season has to offer. One ingredient that shines during this time is St. John's Wort, known for its medicinal properties and bright yellow flowers. Incorporating this herb into a refreshing Summer Solstice Salad not only adds a pop of color but also brings a unique taste to the dish. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of St. John's Wort during the Summer Solstice, the concept of food as medicine, and share a delicious recipe for a salad that celebrates the flavors of summer.

St. Johns Flower: The Star Ingredient of Summer Solstice Salad

St. John's Wort, with its radiant yellow blooms, emerges as a symbol of the sun's energy at the height of summer. This herb not only captivates with its beauty but also carries a rich history of medicinal use, particularly noted for enhancing mood and emotional well-being. When infused into our Solstice Salad, it does more than just offer a splash of color; it embarks on a culinary journey, blending its subtle, earthy flavors with the fresh zest of seasonal produce. The addition of St. John's Wort transforms a simple dish into a celebration of summer's bounty, inviting us to appreciate the deeper connection between the food we eat and the natural world. Embracing this herb in our salad is a homage to tradition and the healing power of nature, making each bite a testament to the symbiotic relationship we share with the earth's gifts.

Food is Medicine: Embracing Seasonal Eating

Seasonal eating is a practice deeply rooted in the philosophy that our diets should align with the cycles of nature. This approach is particularly powerful during the summer months, a time when the earth offers an abundant variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, each bursting with flavor, nutrients, and health-promoting properties. By choosing to incorporate these seasonal offerings into our meals, we naturally consume foods at their nutritional peak. This not only enhances the taste of our dishes but also maximizes the health benefits we derive from them. For instance, herbs like St. John's Wort, which thrive in the warm glow of summer, bring with them not just vibrant colors and unique flavors but also a host of medicinal benefits, including mood regulation and antioxidant properties. The act of eating seasonally transcends mere consumption, serving as a reminder of our connection to the world around us and the cycles that govern life. It's a practice that encourages us to make mindful choices about our food, honoring the rhythms of the earth and acknowledging the healing power inherent in what we eat.

Fresh Greens and Vibrant Flowers: The Basis of a Solstice Salad

At the heart of every Summer Solstice Salad lies the vibrant assembly of fresh greens and eye-catching flowers, each handpicked to celebrate the peak of summer's bounty. Begin with a generous base of spring green salad mix, crisp and refreshing. To this, incorporate the cool, smooth texture of sliced cucumbers and the creamy crumble of feta cheese, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Intersperse the mix with bright pops of red from fresh cherry tomatoes, adding a juicy, tangy sweetness. The aromatic allure of fresh herbs—basil, dill, mint, and thyme—introduces a layer of complexity, weaving their distinct flavors through the salad. The true spectacle, however, is the inclusion of two handfuls of assorted spring flowers. The starring role is played by St. John's Wort, complemented by the peppery spice of nasturtiums, the cucumber-like freshness of borage, and the subtle sweetness of dandelions. This carefully curated mix not only elevates the visual appeal of the salad but also enriches it with a unique, edible celebration of summer's floral diversity, making each bite a delightful exploration of taste and texture.

Crafting the Perfect Summer Solstice Salad: A Recipe

Begin crafting your Summer Solstice Salad by combining 5-6 ounces of a vibrant spring green salad mix in a large serving bowl. Layer in the smooth, refreshing slices of cucumber and sprinkle generously with creamy feta cheese to introduce a contrasting texture and taste. Scatter a handful of bright, fresh cherry tomatoes throughout the salad for a juicy burst of sweetness. Introduce aromatic complexity by adding a variety of fresh herbs—such as basil, dill, mint, and thyme—each contributing its unique flavor profile to the dish. Elevate the salad with an artistic touch by incorporating two handfuls of assorted spring flowers, including the sunny presence of St. John's Wort, alongside the peppery punch of nasturtiums, the cool borage, and the tender dandelions, creating a feast for both the eyes and the palate. Season with a pinch of salt and a crack of black pepper to enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients. Finally, drizzle with a rich olive oil to bind the components together. To truly capture the essence of summer, finish with a light drizzle of Floral Sipping Vinegar, lending a heart-centered, tangy flourish that balances the salad’s fresh and floral notes beautifully.

The Role of Floral Sipping Vinegar in Elevating Your Salad

Incorporating Floral Sipping Vinegar into the Summer Solstice Salad takes the flavor profile to an entirely new level. Crafted from a harmonious blend of aromatic herbs such as rose, jasmine, lavender, and spicy cardamom, it infuses the dish with a heart-centered essence that is both bright and tangy. Its unique combination enhances the salad's fresh ingredients by adding a floral note that marries beautifully with the earthy undertones of St. John's Wort and the crisp freshness of the greens. This addition not only enriches the culinary experience but also introduces an element of creativity and sophistication to the salad, making each bite a celebration of summer's floral abundance.

Here’s what you will need:

-5-6 ounces of Spring Green Salad Mix

-1 Sliced Cucumber

- Feta Cheese

-Fresh Cherry Tomatoes

- Handful of Fresh Herbs (basil, dill, mint, thyme)

-2 Handfuls of Assorted Spring Flowers (My favorite: St. Johns Flower, Nasturtiums, Borage, Dandelions)

-Handful of Sunflower Seeds.

-Salt & Pepper to taste

-Olive Oil

-Floral Sipping Vinegar 


To Make Your Own: Summer Solstice Salad

  • Chop up your cucumber in thin slices.
  • Mix all your greens and herbs together.
  • Top with the cucumber, tomatoes and Feta.
  • Gently put the flowers on top.
  • Sprinkle in the Sunflower seeds.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste and add your Olive Oil and Sipping Vinegar
  • Mix together and share with everyone!

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