We don't grow a lot of lettuce here in the summer so conventional salads are out for North Florida Locavores. But there are still possibilities for enjoying cool, raw food during these months when no one in their right mind is looking forward to heating up the kitchen.
Peppers and cherry tomatoes are still growing locally - and mangoes are in season not too far away (150-200 miles, better than the 1800 the average fruit travels). We made a delicious and sparky salad from these ingredients last night. It's good.
Equal portions chopped cherry tomatoes, diced mango, and chopped sweet peppers. Sprinkle on some lemon juice and salt lightly. For the spark, add red-pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne - or make some of those peppers jalapenos. Garnish with chopped chives or fresh mint leaves.