28 May 2010

Mixed Season Salad

The weather is finally getting warmer (even if yesterday I did get drenched to the bone in a thunderstorm after waiting two hours just to pick up my renewed visa), and that means summer food. The only problem is that my CSA doesn't seem to be coorperating. Sure, we have been getting strawberries (mmm, with a little sugar and homemade whipped cream with grand-marnier...), but we've also been getting potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes and other winter-y roots.

Still, there are more or less winter-y ways to eat root vegetables and I've been doing my best to fade out soups and bring in the salads! The added advantage to salads is that they make a good quick lunch in between babysitting, rehearsing, acting, running the Memory Motel blog (the trailer for the show is up now and there are no actual words, so all you non-French speakers have no excuse not to watch it!), and a host of other things that keep me from having any social life at the moment.

This salad can be modified depending on what you have in the fridge. Feel free to experiment and let me know how it goes!

Look at all that sun coming in my window!

(For one person)

1 potato
a small handful of frozen peas
a small handful of radishes, sliced
1 tomato, diced
a pinch of fresh parsley
2 slices of bacon (optional), cooked to a crisp and crumbled
a few black olives
your favorite vinaigrette

Fill a small saucepan with water; add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Peel and dice the potato and add to the boiling water. Boil 10 minutes. Add the peas and boil 5 more minutes. Drain the water and let cool while you prepare the rest.

Mix together the radishes, tomato, parsley, bacon and olives. Add the potatoes and peas and drizzle with vinaigrette. Mix together and eat!


Julie said...

Beautiful salad! Love all of the colors! I can't wait to watch the trailer for your play.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely salad! Very healthy and flavorful!



Ivy said...

A lovely colourful salad.

Anonymous said...

We've been eating a lot of salads with radishes, too. I just don't really know what else to do with them, other than eat them straight, maybe with butter. But that just doesn't feel as healthy.

Anonymous said...

I'm also still getting a lot of root veggies in my CSA. This weekend I roasted a large pan of beets to throw in salads. I've also found that I like some of the turnips (but not all) raw.

Hopie said...

Julie - Thanks. My mom always said the more colors on your plate, the better! Hope you enjoyed the trailer.

Rosa - Thank you! Have a good weekend!

Ivy - Lots of different nutrients in all those colors ;-)

Camille - Yes, I know what you mean. I have been having some radish "apéro" just straight like you say. Gotta do something with them!

Agrigirl - Really? Raw turnips? How do you like them prepared?