Composed salads, those salads with several ingredients attractively arranged rather than tossed, incorporate artistic sensibilities. The “composer” envisions the color and texture of the edible “painting”, orchestrates the melodic balance of flavor and, most importantly, satisfies one’s appetite with a savory salad.
My plate is my palette and I prefer using white plates or a large white platter for composed salads, allowing the ingredients to take center stage. Having all of these ingredients assembled in advance, the “mise en place”, is most helpful.
Pomegranates and pears are delicious, seasonal fruits and can be found at most produce markets at this time of the year. Tonight my dinner salad will incorporate pomegranate seeds plucked directly from the fruit, though I’ve noticed convenient pre-packs of pomegranate seeds available. A bit of maple syrup whisked into the balsamic vinaigrette adds a subtle sweetness balancing the fresh, tart taste of pomegranate.
You’ve heard of panzanella, right? That oh so delicious salad celebrating tomatoes when they’re bursting on the vines–even more handy to have in your recipe repertoire when you’ve a loaf of slightly stale Artisan bread that’s begging to be utilized? But what about Pastazanella? I just made a big batch, and I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of that. Pastazanella … Full recipe post »
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
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