Oh, by the way, food. I have no idea why I wasn’t writing about this very huge part of my life.
Green Goddess Summer Salad
Served Cold, Serves 8
If you know me, you know i’m obsessed with Greek food, most importantly, feta cheese and tomatoes. Like, an “I could eat this every single day” kind of obsession. Plus, feta and tomatoes are besties, so might as well keep them together. Always. Something about Greek food reminds me of summer, and summer reminds me of small group parties, which is pretty much my inspiration for this summer salad. It’s healthy, Greek inspired, and meant for a larger number of people. To me, 8 people is a large number. Just clarifying that, for all you really popular people out there who have summer get together’s with like 37 people.
3 cups chopped asparagus | 1 cup diced artichoke hearts |4 cups baby arugula
1. Cut Asparagus & Boil | 2. Immediate Ice bath for asparagus to preserve color and texture | 3. Dice Canned Artichoke Hearts
| 4. Mix all cold greens together in a bowl |
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts | 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese | Slice of Red Onion | 1/4 Cup Olive Oil | 2 Tbs Honey | 2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
| 5 Slivers of Sun Dried Tomatoes | Salt & Peppa |
1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients in a food processor. Dressing will look totally gross, but it’s totally not. | 2. Just before serving, combine dressing with cold greens, until all greens are completely coated
The arugula has a peppery bite, the asparagus is crunchy and cold, and the artichoke is super salty and slimey (in a good way?). But the star of this whole salad is obviously the dressing. We may use a small amount of red wine vinegar, but it’s intense aged acidity goes a long way, and also enhances the mild asparagus. The honey cuts the harshness of the vinegar, while the olive oil rounds out and expands all the flavors so that when it is poured, it gets in all the nooks and crannies of the salad greens. The walnuts give umph and texture to the dressing while giving a nutty flavor. Red onion is also a bestie of feta&tomato, so of course he had to come to the party. Duh. Gosh, it’s almost like I’m a famous food writer now, except I’m not. I just love food. And salad.