Tag: spring salad

Green Bean, Artichoke and Grapefruit Salad with Kalamata Olives & Rosemary

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

The change of season is nearing (finally!) and the first spring vegetables are back in my kitchen, green beans! They aren’t locally grown and had to travel a bit to reach my cooker but their crunchy green gave me culinary proof that the end of winter is near!

The recipe is easy, I went for a quick bean salad with bittersweet pink grapefruit and a light rosemary orange dressing. I had a colourful plate in mind with lots of different flavours, antipasta feeling combined with sharp freshness. I pulled out a few pantry treasures to mix with the fruit and vegetable: preserved artichoke hearts and juicy Kalamata olives. A strong composition without a single overpowering ingredient, the perfect salad to get prepared for all the summery, culinary pleasures ahead of us!

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

 

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

Green Bean, Artichoke and Pink Grapefruit Salad with Kalamata Olives and Rosemary

For 2 people you need

green beans, the ends cut off, 300g / 10.5 ounces
pink grapefruit, cut into fillets, 1
preserved artichoke hearts, quartered, 4
Kalamata olives 8
olive oil 3 tablespoons
freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons
fresh rosemary, finely chopped, 1 heaped teaspoon
salt and pepper

Blanche the beans in lots of salted water for 4-5 minutes or until al dente, rinse with cold water for 2 seconds and drain.

Arrange the beans, grapefruit, artichoke and olives in a large bowl. Whisk the olive oil, orange juice, rosemary, salt and pepper and season to taste. Sprinkle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

 

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

Cucumber Salad with Dill and Sour Cream Dressing

Cucumber Salad with Dill + Sour Cream

Lots of amazing food was gathered on my own and on my friend’s and family’s tables in the past couple days, we enjoyed some special culinary treats, had a great time, and of course ate lots of sweets, cakes and chocolate. No complaints but it’s time for a break! I love to feast for days, especially together with the ones I love. Treating others and myself to good homemade food, spending time together at a long table, trying out and sharing new recipes, I need and appreciate this so much. It’s like taking a break from the daily routine when time is tight and work is always waiting. These feasts caress my soul, I  treasure these moments highly and most of the time they become my most beloved memories!

But each feast has its end, otherwise it wouldn’t be so special. Therefore I gladly enjoy a light salad, simple and quick. It combines a lot I love about spring, juicy and tasty cucumber which is such a pleasure after months of watery winter cucumbers, fresh dill, strong and aromatic, and a smooth dressing with sour cream and lemon. For the two of us, I sliced 1 small cucumber very thinly and dolloped my milky dressing over it. I whisked 2 heaped tablespoons of sour cream with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and added 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. This is just a rough guideline, adjust the ingredients to your own taste, or add some more herbs like chives or parsley or some other vegetables like cherry tomatoes or lettuce. I was happy with my puristic combination, just cucumber, the dressing nicely balanced between sweet, sour and milky, and some freshly chopped dill sprinkled on top.

Cucumber Salad with Dill + Sour Cream

 

Cucumber Salad with Dill + Sour Cream