Although it hardly feels like the beginning of Summer, here, in NY, I’ve already started to crave fresh, delicious salads and more light-hearted fare. Salads are great for Summer because the possibilities are literally endless as there is so much you can do with fresh fruits and veggies. I, particularly, love jazzing up a salad with some fresh or dried fruit to give it some added sweetness. Most recently, I’ve been substituting mesclun greens for raw kale and I have become a huge fan. Although kale is a bit tough at first, it’s important to toss it with a touch of olive oil first to soften the leaves . Once done, you can add your ingredients and dressing just like any other salad. I prepared this raw kale with a mixture of dried cranberries, raisins, sliced apple and pistachios. For the dressing, I used olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, and a dash of dijon mustard along with some salt and pepper.