The King of Summer Salads

Jul 28, 2015 | 1 comment

Almost Ready To Pick

Almost Ready To Pick

He plants ‘em. He waters ‘em. He weeds ‘em. And they grow!
He picks ‘em. He washes ‘em. He slices, dices, chops, and tears ‘em. And then we eat!
Nyel is definitely the King of Summer Salads. Right now we are pigging out on  ‘kitchen sink salads’ which is what we’ve always called tossed green salads with a bit of everything added – tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, red and green peppers, black olives, green onions, radishes, lettuce (romaine or butter or ??) sometimes some feta crumbles or some roasted pine nuts. (Never any fruit or anything sweet.) Kitchen sink salads are our standard throughout the year but they are definitely best in summer, especially when many of the ingredients come directly from garden to table.

Zucchini Coming On

Zucchini Coming On

Another summer favorite is pasta salad which, essentially, contains the same ingredients as the tossed green except that large pasta shells are substituted for the lettuce. If it’s the entrée, it includes chunks of chicken.  And, also, Nyel adds sliced water chestnuts, but doesn’t include the pine nuts. I don’t know why we think of this as a summertime specialty. It’s probably because in the winter we prefer our pasta hot with one of Nyel’s yummy sauces. But, summer or winter, pasta anything is always accompanied by one of Jayne Bailey’s crusty baguettes warm from the oven.
We are also big on spinach salads. Nyel prefers to buy his spinach, mostly because in weather like we’ve been having this summer, the spinach is sure to bolt. But, he always garnishes it with a couple of hard boiled egg halves for each person, complements of our girls in the henhouse. Oh, and did I mention the crumbled bacon tossed with the spinach?

Lettuces and Kale

Lettuces and Kale

Except for Caesar salads (romaine lettuce accompanied by sliced chicken breasts still warm from the grill, and maybe a garni of cherry tomatoes and well drizzled with Cardini’s Caesar Dressing) the dressing for our salads is always the same because I LOVE it. As far as I’m concerned there is no dressing to compare with King Nyel’s. The ingredients include Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, olive oil, oregano, cumin, garlic cloves (minced) and pepper. And no, I’m not revealing the amounts. Nyel probably would, but I don’t think it’s seemly for someone else to give away the chef’s secrets. Especially when he’s the King of Salads!
Oh, and about fruit salads – not so much.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Man, I’ve been meaning to invite you all to dinner!

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