Central Europe is experiencing  a heat wave. While in Sweden they are celebrating, in Barcelona the fans have sold out at the Chinese bazaars. We do not have air conditioning, and I briefly considered asking the tenants at our old apartment if we could stop by and turn on theirs. The discomfort of heat and humidity was topped only by one miserable night in 2005 in a hotel in Cuba when the electricity went out.
It is so hot that we have been eating things like gazpacho soup and lots of salads. In this salad I combined lots of different kinds of greens with other green things like cucumbers and green olives. Green beans would also be a good addition, with a tomato or two for color.

  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Lettuce leaves, torn
  • Whole basil leaves
  • Half a peeled cucumber
  • Green olives
  • One peeled, chopped ripe tomato
  • Vinaigrette of ground basil, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and vinegar 

Voilà! Combine and serve.