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Mon mari et moi agree on a lot of things; we disagree on fewer things and on the rest we agree to disagree. That's where we get into trouble.
One of the things we agree to disagree on is what constitutes a salad.
Mon mari states that, by definition, a salad has lettuce. The French agree with him. "Salade" is the generic French word for all lettuces.
Thus, a few weeks ago we had a conversation that went something like this:
Mon mari: "What's our starter tonight?" as he reaches for the salad bowl.
Me: "Soup", as I turn the burner on under a pot.
Mon mari: "But you just picked lettuce!"
Me: "I know, it's lettuce soup."
Mon mari: " " speechless with incomprehension.
And more recently:
Mon mari: "What's for dinner? "
Me: "Sausage salad", as I turn the burner on under a large pot.
Mon mari: "Great, I love that", as he goes to the fridge for the lettuce. "Where's the lettuce?"
Me: "It's a pasta salad."
Mon mari: " " speechless with incomprehension; followed by "But it's not a salad if there's no lettuce!"
Variations on these 2 conversations take place at least 4 times a week all summer. You'd think we'd learn, but where's the fun in that?
I explained that, to me and the rest of the world, a salad is anything; vegetable, pasta, or grain, which may or may not include meat or fish; that has oil and vinegar in it and is not served hot.
He explained that, to him and the rest of the world, I'm wrong.
He caught me. "AHA!" he cried…. well, we don't need to rehash the rest of it.
He liked it; he ate it.
I made it; I'll call it a salad if I want to!
for this week's Presto Pasta Night.
Fresh Tomato and Green Olive Pasta Salad
4 medium, ripe tomatoes, 3 – 4 cups chopped Roma's or Italian plum are best
1/2 cup green pimento stuffed olives
1/4 cup olive oil, the good stuff
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs fresh chopped oregano
2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
1 1/2 cup farfalle
Peel tomatoes and roughly chop. Put into a large bowl. Cut olives in thirds and add to tomatoes. Mince garlic and add. Chop/snip herbs and add. Pour olive oil over all, stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours, 4 is better. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse lightly with cool water. Add pasta to sauce, toss well to combine and serve.
I still say it's a salad….
Be sure to stop by Once Upon a Feast on Friday for the recap of all the lovely pasta dishes, some salads, some not…