4.18.2012

Springtime Salad.


The sun is getting up earlier and staying out later...

The rain is letting up...

Warmer weather is right around the corner...

My used to be non-existent allergies are in full swing...

Yay! Spring time is here!

We took full advantage of the sunshine and warmer weather this weekend. I had perfect weather for my 14 miles of crazy hills on Saturday. And Sunday Funday was just that - me and the hubs, reading our books, drinking some Heretic, playing some Rummikub. Can it get any better?? Yes – we played "Go Fish" several times and I also got a bit of tan.

I don't know what that face is - don't judge me.

Anyway, Spring time makes me think of bright green trees and asparagus season. This is a perfect meal to ring in this time of year. And – it even has peas and I still enjoy it. Remember my pea story? Anyway, hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do...I've been making it at least once a week since I first discovered it.

Spring Salad
Makes 2 Large Salads
Inspired by TheKitchn and 101 Cookbooks
2 ounces of pasta of your choice
½ lb of Asparagus, trimmed
½ cup shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
3 cups fresh spinach or other favorite green (arugula added in is super yums).
2-3 radishes, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
About an ounce of herb goat cheese
Fresh Cracked Pepper

Dressing
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Boil pasta as directed in a pot of water with a bit of salt added. Just about a minute before the pasta is done, add the asparagus. About 30 seconds after that, add the peas. Drain everything at once. You can either cool it here, or dunk it all in an ice bath to speed the process up.

To make your dressing, grab an empty clean jar and add all your ingredients. Shake until its combined well.

Arrange a bed of greens. Add pasta, asparagus, and peas. Top with the radishes, chives, and goat cheese and toss in your homemade dressing. Add a little cracked pepper and serve cold.


Enjoy that on a patio during a nice spring day. With a beer or two...


Cheers!

Erica

2 comments:

  1. 2 things...I kind of want to eat your springtime salad right now, with a few changes of course, and I realllyyy want to play Rummikub!!!

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    1. I'm slightly obsessed with this salad...and Rummikub. :)

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