Last week we had the pleasure of being guests at a ranch out in Colorado with my sister who lives in Denver and who I hadn’t seen in two years!

To say that the vistas were spectacular is an understatement. It was so breath taking that it gifted us with an incredible sense of gratitude for being alive and being together – as did the horse back riding and hiking at an altitude of 11,000 feet. Needless to say, as a nature and animal lover, it filled my heart with utter joy to be there.

Gathering around the dinner table was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The delicious home cooked meals made with love and the engaging conversations that included every one even Kelly (who doesn’t care much to talk about politics sports or world events) were so nourishing to my body, mind and spirit.

One day for lunch we had this salad and it was so good I tried to replicate it here at home. The dressing and herbs are key components to the delicate layers of flavor. It is so refreshing it makes a perfect summer time meal.

Summer Mediterranean Salad

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup chopped fresh fennel
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup grilled or baked chicken breasts, chopped or shredded

1 clove garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 cup organic olive oil or Body Bio Oil
1 lemon juiced
Fresh ground pepper
Sea salt

Whisk together lemon juice, cumin and garlic. Add oil in a slow steady stream while whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss all ingredients together and refrigerate.