Salad Days: An (Un)Serious Business
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With the days warming, the early offerings of peak season harvests juuuuust beginning to appear at the farmer's markets, and the golden hours beckoning us all away from our screens (and our ovens), this is the time for salad.
Coming from Shakespeare (thanks again for everything, Willie), the concept of "Salad Days" doesn't *necessarily* refer to the season when leafy greens, sun-warmed vegetables, and a bounty of juicy fruits burst forth in radical abundance, practically begging to be mixed up with any salty/sweet/acidic/creamy accoutrements you can lay your hands on... but just as Ruby revels in the "Dog Days" that aren't *technically* about her, perhaps it should.
These are the Salad Days, indeed, friends. The days to make the simple most out of the bounty that catches your eye at market (or in your CSA basket ;).
Some of us are Salad People, who crave dark greens with a lunar intensity, who can whip up a perfect vinaigrette in an old Grey Poupon jar faster than you can peel a clove of garlic, or who soak and roast batches of chickpeas on a Sunday to deploy over the week's green finery like some sort of meal planning pixie dust. These are definitely great days for them. If you are not a Salad Person, never fear, these are great days for you too.
Resident Salad Person, Grant, recently made a beautiful quick salad for a weeknight dinner (and because he's Grant, he put it on a pretty plate and took a bunch of gorgeous pictures of it to make us jealous show us how much he was loving his Pallares Kitchen Knife) and we asked him about his methodology. Here's what he had to say:
Here's my salad mania!
Summer Spectacular Salad
2-3 beautiful medium to large heirloom tomatoes
2 large cucumbers
Handful of greens/microgreens
Handful of feta cheese
Handful of pistachio nuts (unshelled)
Drizzles of high quality olive oil
Flaky salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Prep your ice bath. Fill a small mixing bowl with cold water and a tray's worth of ice cubes. Have that ready to go for the next step...
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