There is something about hot weather that makes a hot meal seem like blasphemy. These are Salad Days. The don't turn on the stove and eat something cool and refreshingly cool days. Don't even think about the fact that it's healthy. (Do think about where it comes from and try to buy local -- support your community farmers whenever possible!)
Veggie Salad: Fresh lettuce, choped tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, whatever's ripe in the garden, and Pepper Lime Dressing. Yum.
Pepper Lime Dressing
4 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 lime’s juice (or about 1/4 to 1/2 cup from the "Real Lime" bottle)
4 teaspoons fresh grated ginger (or powdered dry if you must)
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Combine everything in a bottle (You have a bottle or at least a jar you can use. Look in that recycling bin, pull something out, sterilize it in the dishwasher, and reuse it now.) Refridgerate overnight, or at least a couple hours, to let the flavors meld. Shake thoroughly before serving.