Detox Cred: Citrus and fresh herbs add clean, fresh flavor to foods, so you don't need to use much (if any) salt. Cilantro lends more than a little zing here: the vibrant herb contains healing phytonutrients and has antimicrobial properties.
This recipe was adapted from "Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself" (HarperOne, 2009). It makes two servings -- you can share with a friend, keep one portion for the next day, or halve the recipe.
The bracing combination of fresh lime juice and mint adds minimal calories and not a trace of fat, yet tastes out of this world. Scallions, cucumber, and chopped peanuts up the flavor ante while also adding crunch. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are nuttier than those made from wheat.
Like kumquats, limequats can be eaten rind and all, and either fruit works in this no-cook recipe. The resulting marmalade is juicy, with a nice balance of sweet and tart. We love it on a toasted English muffin that has been spread with a mild fresh cheese, such as ricotta.
A soup course may be old-school, but it never fails to delight, putting any special-occasion meal right over the top. The smooth, sophisticated pea and parsley soup is an homage to the season. It gets body from creme fraiche and a salty snap from orbs of golden caviar.
Pea shoots taste as vibrantly green as they look. Combine them with the season's first radishes and baby artichokes for a salad that's full of texture. Add rustic Parmesan croutons, which get a little kick from cayenne, for richness and heft.