Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Recipe Blogging: Two Salads

Still following Medieval Woman's footsteps, I am going to post a couple of "recipes" today (see here for her awesomely rich and creamy zucchini casserole).

These were two salads I had this week that knocked me out. I love salad, and I eat it most days, but my salads are pretty much the same old, same old...So I was happy to be served, on two occasions this week, salads that were very different from my usual...

This is Jamie Oliver-style recipe blogging, since I don't actually have exactrecipes for these simple salads that I did not make myself...

This first one is the invention of M., one of the friends I'm staying with in Uni City. He made it for dinner on Tuesday night, and it woke me up with its deliciousness...

Chopped apples
Chopped radishes (i'll bet it would also be good with daikon radish!)
Loads o' fresh mint
Dressing: maple syrup and rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Pour dressing over apples, mint, radishes. YUM.

I had this today at my favourite Italian restaurant in my neighbourhood, for lunch. It was the salad special, and I admit that I didn't really notice the "radicchio" part in the description because I was interested in the nut-encrusted baked goat cheese that was to come on top. I don't really like radicchio that much - its bitterness - and was a wee bit dismayed when it came. However, this was such a great combo, with the sweetness of the roasted peppers cutting the bitterness.

2 parts finely sliced (lengthwise) raddichio
1 part finely sliced roasted red pepper
Dressing: Balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Toss everything into a lovely, purple and red tangle. Perhaps you will choose to put baked nut-encrusted goat cheese on top, on a crostini. Or not. It will be delicious without it, too.


Texter said...

I've been eating this salad with cantalope, avocado, grape tomatoes with a sauce of olive oil, lime juice, sea salt, honey and it is SO GOOD.

Hilaire said...

Whoa, that sounds like an *excellent* salad - I love dressings with lime and honey...I'll have to try this...Thanks!