RED Hearts: Simple Summer Salad -- YUM

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is by Dani Cox, 16, reporting from Pleasanton, California, who learned a cool summer recipe that makes her feel like a Top Chef candidate:

Cooking has never been my forte. As much as I love to eat and want the spices and measurements to come naturally to my capable, master-chef hands, I have always been dependent upon recipe books to lead me to a successful meal. 

That is, until my aunt showed me one of her typical dinner recipes, Tomato Pepper Salad. It really was the turning point of my cooking career, because it really doesn’t call for any cooking!


Ingredients: -Fresh bell peppers -Juicy tomatoes -Feta cheese

What to do: First, you cut the peppers and tomatoes into small pieces and put them in the bowl. Then add some feta and a twist of olive oil. Mix it all together!

And there you have a healthy, heavenly, colorful, in-season meal -- with Greek influences to top it off. It’s a great source of energy and a real summer crowd-pleaser, even if your crowd’s the kind who likes to watch cooking shows.


RED Hearts guest poster Dani Cox is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is now available in paperback.


 Photo by Dani Cox