Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Michigan Salad

I have locavore tendencies. I love the Farmers Market and local food from Produce Station. I especially love making salad with local ingredients -- augmented by whatever else goes well with it. Let's face it: we have NO local olive oil!

Saturday: spinach, walnuts, dried cranberries, and French goat cheese.

Today: lettuce, peppery greens, tarragon goat, tomato, and almonds.

My method for making what I call Michigan Salad involves picking options from a list and creating a combination that appeals to you. Some results are classic -- like tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella is called capresi. Or spinach, pears, walnuts and dried cherries, which was a restaurant fad in the 80s. Each item is optional, as long as you like the resulting combo:
  • Wash some greens. Saturday we had locally grown spinach. Today: lettuce and peppery greens like arugula and others from the Farmers Market. The greens go in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add some fruit: dried Traverse Bay cranberries or cherries or Calif. raisins are nice. So are pears, apples, mango, avocado, or tomato (yes it is a fruit). Today's tomatoes were local, but grown in a greenhouse, so they are safe but not wonderful.
  • Add flavor to the fruit with whichever is appropriate: lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, other flavored vinegar, salt, pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like chives, parsley, cilantro, basil, or tarragon.
  • Toast some nuts like walnuts or almonds and sprinkle over fruit.
  • Add some soft cheese such as goat, fresh mozzarella, blue. Today I had Zingerman's Creamery goat with tarragon from the Farmers Market.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the whole salad.

Photos from the market where I bought today's ingredients:

1 comment:

Jen said...

This is exactly what I love to do with salads! I linked to you today on a post about local use of the market, etc.