When Life Hands You Lemons…

Bowl of Meyer Lemons

How do you finish the classic quote “When Life Hands You Lemons” ?

I’m one for turning a problem into an opportunity.  Being an optimist, I like to find the good in EVERYTHING.  No need to get “pithy” or be a sourpuss!  Which brings me to the reason for my absence from the Blogosphere.  Healthy Heyday was SPAMINATED!  My blog has been inundated and attacked by spam.  Spam, whether it’s computer spam or that canned substance which some consider “edible”  – neither one is a good thing!  After trying to eliminate the intruder and dissect it from my blog, I’m hopin’ and prayin’ (fingers crossed) that we are back in business.  :-)   Not sure what “good” I found out of this problem, other than the obvious … a break from the computer.  Although, I missed you guys!

What do you do when life hands you lemons?  Some people make lemonade, some make potpourri … I make healthy salad dressings.

With the debut of spring in full swing, where I now live, citrus trees are producing and baby lettuce sprouting … I felt a big spring salad was in order!  This is the time of year that we, literally, Zest To Death!  The main attraction in our salad was the citrus: Ruby Red Grapefruit and Blood Orange slices, escorted by wedges of Avocado.  It was only appropriate to have our first big garden salad of mixed greens, tossed in a Meyer lemon vinaigrette.  So, Pucker Up!  This salad dressing is a medley of sweet-tangy-tart.  Oh – SO – good!

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette


1 large shallot, minced

2 tbsp. coconut vinegar

Juice from 1 Meyer lemon

1/4 cup grape seed oil

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Zest from 1 Meyer lemon

1 1/2 tbsp. chopped parsley (I used flat Italian)

Salt & pepper, to taste

In a bowl, combine the minced shallot, vinegar, Meyer lemon juice and a pinch of salt.  Set aside for 15 minutes (giving it time to macerate).  Whisk in the grape seed oil, olive oil, lemon zest and parsley.  Season to taste.

Lemons are highly antibacterial.  Lemons are antiseptic.  Lemons are simply amazing and can do wonders for your health.  Rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

The lemon is regarded as a valuable fruit.  It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.  It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth, dislodges phlegm and expels wind from the digestive tract, helps in digestion, removes constipation and destroys intestinal worms.

Though lemon is acidic in taste, it leaves alkaline residues in the body.   A wonderful way to strengthen your body is to drink lemon water.  For the best results use only freshly squeezed lemons in your water.  It will give your immune system a real boost and help to cleanse your liver.  Great for your skin, as well. Drinking lemon water on a regular basis will make your skin glow and definitely look healthier.  An excellent detox, I might add!

DID YOU KNOW?  The Meyer lemon actually isn’t a true lemon.  The tree is a natural hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin or orange.  It is sweeter than the true lemon and the color of the Meyer lemons tends to be closer to orange.

Brighten up and get zesty … it’s Meyer lemon time!


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