A colleague of mine is on a new diet and I witnessed him eating a very nice looking salad, but I instantly opened my big diet-phobic mouth and said, “Are you not allowed to have dressing or something?”
“The blueberries are the dressing. I’m getting used to it.”
I get it. I’m even proud of him. But salad without dressing? I’m just not that brave.
Then last night, I finally stepped into the kitchen for the first time in almost 3 weeks. Since my stay at Babylonstoren, I’ve been craving fresh ingredients simply prepared. I stopped at the market on my way home and wandered the produce section until I found a good combination of ripe fruit and vegetables: heirloom tomatoes (one yellow, one red), nectarines, avocados. I had fresh scallions and cilantro from my farm share this week so I figured I could throw those in there too. And then I just used the tiniest drizzle of olive oil and a lime and just like that, I saw the beauty of salad not drenched in dressing.
My Made Up Salad; Serves: 2
2 heirloom tomatoes, cut in wedges (one yellow, one red)
1 nectarine, cut in wedges
1 avocado, sliced
1-2 scallions, sliced thinly on a diagonal
Salt & Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Combine tomatoes, avocado, nectarine, scallions, cilantro. Squeeze lime over salad, drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil. Sprinkle red pepper, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss together and enjoy.