Don’t let the summer heat catch up with you in your country club home in Tagaytay. While the environment there is cool enough that most of the time the summer heat won’t even matter too much, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated all day.
Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, and it’s also the one responsible for regulating your body temperature. If you gauge your dehydration by thirst, you might be a little too late, because your body does not feel thirst until it has lost about three pounds of water weight. With that, try out some hydrating food to keep you and your family refreshed.
Classic Caesar Salad
Nobody would say no to the classic Caesar salad, and you shouldn’t say no or be afraid of trying your hand at making it either. It’s easy. To get started on making the dressing, you’ll need to bring a small pot of water to a boil. Gently lower an egg into it, and immediately take it out. Let it stand for five minutes to cool, then rinse the egg under cold water, and crack it into a bowl. Whisk in some anchovy paste, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, one and a half teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of mustard powder. Add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil slowly while whisking until combined, and season with salt and pepper. Now you add the romaine lettuce and croutons and as much parmesan with you want, gently tossing, then top with more parmesan before serving.
Creole Tomato Salad
Nothing says summer like fresh, ripe, red tomatoes. To make this salad, you’ll need to prepare the vinaigrette, which is made of 4 teaspoons olive oil, the same amount of red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and some minced garlic. Combine them in a jar and shake, then pour over sliced tomatoes and onions, seasoned with salt, fresh mind and chives.
Lemony cucumber salad
Together in a large bowl, combine a cup of thinly sliced radishes, half a cup of orange bell pepper, finely chopped, a fourth cup of chopped parsley and six cups of thinly sliced cucumbers. To make the dressing, combine a teaspoon of lemon rind, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil, one and a half teaspoons of white wine vinegar in a small bowl, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Watermelon cucumber salad
Another fruit that screams summer, watermelon. You’ll need to combine six cups of watermelon cut into one inch pieces, a cup of chopped watercress, three fourths cup of thinly sliced sweet onions, and three cups of thinly sliced cucumber. In another bowl, combine two tablespoons of chopped fresh mind and fresh cilantro, the same amount of fresh lime juice and olive oil, and season with salt. Pour over your chopped fruit and sprinkle with cheese, then garnish with more mint.