- apples, sliced thin and chopped
- celery, sliced thin on the diagonal
- golden raisins
- toasted walnuts
- chives, chopped
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- sugar to taste
Toss prepared ingredients with dressing. A light, slightly tart version of the classic Waldorf salad.
I may try this with fresh fennel, thinly sliced, and also (but not with the fennel) with finely chopped fresh ginger.
KUMATO TOMATOES & GOAT CHEESE
- sliced Kumato tomatoes
- crumbled goat cheese
- fresh basil leaves
- balsamic vinegar
Layer ingredients on tomato slices in order listed. Sprinkle lightly with balsamic vinegar. Use the real stuff, not the red-wine version that's sold at grocery stores. It's expensive but a little goes a long ways and the flavor is much cleaner.
STRAWBERRIES & MINT
- sliced strawberries
- chopped fresh spearmint
- orange juice
Toss berries and mint; add a splash of the juice. Champagne would be lovely instead of the juice.
Try one or more of these salads for something light. The apple slaw is very refreshing; the Kumato tomatoes & goat cheese is a classic and often-repeated blend of flavors; and strawberries -- well, they speak for themselves.
If you haven't tried Kumato tomatoes, I highly recommend them. The seeds are only available to select growers; the tomatoes have to be grown under specific conditions and protocols. They can therefore be a bit pricey, but they're worth every penny. They're amazingly full of intense, slightly sweet tomato flavor, something I almost never find in a grocery store tomato. The flesh is firm and juicy; color varies from a brownish-red to greenish-brown. If you don't already know that refrigeration destroys a tomato's flavor, take this as your warning, and do not put these gems in your fridge.
Whatever you eat and with whomever you share it, happy Memorial Day weekend! Go out and cook, eat, dance, and love!