Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Salad

Last week, the first vegetables in our garden began appearing. Small carrot greens, wisps of green onions, pert little green shoots of garlic. And the radishes. The radishes, their little red bodies poking out of the earth under their leafy green tops saying, "Yes! Spring is here!" I think my love for radishes is solely based on them being the vegetable that is ready to eat first. They warm my gardener's heart with the promise of all the vegetables to come. And they also taste pretty good.
My little boy excitedly checks the radish bed everyday and patiently looks at each little plant and determines if it's ready to pick. And last week, they were:

I made this fantastic spring salad with them. So simple: just an avocado, some carrots slices, and the radishes, topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So simple, yes, and so good. Hello, Spring.

Spring Salad

1 ripe, but firm, avocado
4 small radishes
1 large carrot

1. Cut the avocado into small chunks. Slice the carrot into thin strips. Cut the radishes into thin circles. Mix together. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing (see below).

Simple Salad Dressing

1-2 cloves garlic
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Dash of course salt
8-10 Tbsp olive oil

1. Crush the garlic cloves. Add the vinegar and mix together, with the salt.

2. Whisk in the oil.

3. Transfer to a sealed bottle and shake until oil and vinegar are completely mixed together.

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