recipe: simple side salad

May 24th, 2012 | Posted by admin in RECIPES | Salads

I was working hard in the land of container gardening today.  It was the perfect weather to be working outdoors… and it does make you hungry!  Tonight dinner needed to be quick and easy, but healthy and satisfying, my energy level was not high.  I did not have time to shop, so I rummaged through my fridge.  I found a container of mini heirloom tomatoes and a block of fresh feta.  So I sliced the tomatoes in half, used about a third of the block of cheese cutting it into cubes, adding 2 cups of fresh arugula from the market.  I love the farmer’s market.  I know I needed something more so I sliced a red onion for the flavor and added chopped green garlic also from the market.  I tossed the salad with red wine vinegar and olive oil, adding a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

This makes a great side salad… but I didn’t stop as I found one ear of corn so of course I cooked and sliced off the kernels to add to my salad.  I also had an avocado that needed to be used so that was chopped up and added to the mix.  I squeezed a tablespoon of lime juice on the salad and served with grilled chicken breast, fresh fruit and pilaf.  I love to improvise from my kitchen.  There were so many things I could have added or just kept this very simple with the feta, tomatoes and arugula.  This is the reason I go to the farmer’s market every Saturday.  My fridge will usually have something from the market that helps bring all my meals together.



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