Tag: salad

Spring Salad with Claytonia, Asparagus and Ramp Dressing

Head to your local farmers market and start picking out these fleeting spring ingredients for an exceptional salad.

Claytonia, which looks like mini lily pads has a nice clean taste and crisp bite. 

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Pork and Spinach Salad with Fresh Blueberries and Grilled Pineapple

The pineapple is one of those perfect ingredients (alongside avocados and mangos.)  So why mess with perfection?  I would say it is more about taking a different approach to something you are familiar with than a detraction.  The heat concentrates and enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit and the caramelization on the outside is just delicious.

I originally put this together for my paleo friends.  Aside from that, I wanted to play around with temperature and texture.  The raw and cooked ingredients play well off each other.  This is also a really simple salad and you can put it together in about 20 minutes.

Cherry Tomatoes Have Arrived

While contemplating what to plant in my garden box, tomatoes seemed like a natural choice.  But what type of tomato should I plant?

I could have gone the heirloom route because few things in a garden are cooler than zebra tomatoes.  San Marzano were next under consideration because this Italian gem is one of my favorites.

Reap the Rewards: Harlem Grown Garden Salad Two Ways

Every week the plants in my garden seem to grow 30% bigger.  This city guy is learning a lot about plant care (and that my garden neighbors are probably going out of their way to help me out – I really shouldn’t have this much success….)

The first of the crop that I can actually use are my herbs (cilantro and parsley) Butter Lettuce and some Red Russian Kale.  Again, my neighbors reminded me to start harvesting the lettuce leaves from the outside so new growth can come in.

Wilted Kale Salad with Poached Duck Egg

I think cauliflower might have replaced kale as the new ‘it’ vegetable (Nashville for example has all the cauliflower dishes you could ever hope for.)   But don’t worry, kale had it’s time in the sun and in case you aren’t ready to make the switch I put together a kale salad for you below.

The kale in this dish is lightly cooked so it retains a little bite and is complimented with the slightly sweet shallots.  You can pick up some duck eggs at the Union Square farmers market.  They have a rich yolk which is the perfect compliment to the salad and brings the whole dish together.

Cannellini Bean and Ramp Salad

By Seth Fera-Schanes I put this dish together to use one of my favorite ingredients: ramps. Ingredients: 1.5 cups of prepared Cannellini Beans. (Or 1 15oz can Cannellini beans – rinsed) 3 fresh ramps, grilled or cooked in a cast iron skillet and chopped.  If ramps are not […]

Fiddlehead Ferns: Spring Salad Recipe

A few years ago, during one of my Saturday visits to the Union Square farmer’s market, I came across fiddlehead ferns.  They were tightly wound-up little green disks piled high in a cardboard box.  I kept looking in the box and although I wasn’t sure what they were, it was something new which meant I was going to buy some.

The great thing about a farmer’s market are vendors are more than happy to tell you about their product and most importantly explain how to prepare them.