I was looking forward to it all week, almost as eagerly as I’d been eating this perfect summer salad: Wednesday night would mark the airing of James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke with First Lady Michelle Obama. There were other epic Karaokes before this one (James’ vocal odyssey with Sia is a fave), and I’m sure there will be many to come, but to ride—to sing—with FLOTUS at this moment in time felt important. Important in the wake of the RNC speech scandal (I can’t even bring myself to write her name here), important in the wake of this summer of shootings and tragedy and #BlackLivesMatter, important because this FLOTUS is the best FLOTUS I’ve had in my lifetime.

And important because Carpool Karaoke has always been a sure hit of joy, and I was desperate for that burst of serotonin.

Late Wednesday night, I gathered myself in front of my laptop and opened my Facebook feed. Just a few scrolls down, people were already sharing the Youtube video of James and Michelle.

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Serves 4 Prep 40 minutes

Summer Citrus Cucumber Salad

This light, refreshing cucumber salad is dressed with a lemon and lime vinaigrette that adds a burst of summer flavor. Enjoy it as a side dish at your next cookout, or finely chop the vegetables and use it as a fresh relish for grilled hot dogs.

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration time: 30 minutes

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 green onion, white and greens thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a medium-size bowl, stir together the cucumber, bell pepper, green onion and garlic.

In a small dish, whisk together the lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil, sugar, salt and black pepper.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir to coat all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend.