Dana Slatkin

Summer Salad with Peaches, Avocado and Sunflower Vinaigrette

Aspen, Colorado WildflowersThey don’t have celebrity wattage or mass-marketability. They won’t pop up in gossip magazines or on your computer screen. But these stars of summer, delicate and dignified, offer a momentary respite from our noisy lives. For me, summertime means being able to stop and smell the wildflowers.

On a picturesque hike up Aspen Mountain last week, I did just that. In fact, a cluster of columbines and a sunny patch of sunflowers are what inspired this luminous salad, shared with friends over this week’s holiday.


Wildflower honey and sunflower seeds give the creamy vinaigrette its unique twist, perfect for dressing wild greens, juicy peaches, and avocados. Drizzle it over grilled vegetables, or top the salad with slices of grilled tempeh or chicken for a light lunch. Between bites, you might find yourself imagining a delightful field like the one above.

And next time you spot a wildflower, stop to notice — it’s a gentle reminder to slow down and savor summer while it lasts.

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