A cold salad can be just the thing for a hot summer evening.
The eggs are hard-boiled and the asparagus blanched. As to the rest, it’s just a matter of assembling and serving.
The small mozzarella balls are great for tossing with a salad; if you can’t find them, just roughly chop half of a larger, whole mozzarella.
Serve some crusty, country bread on the side, if you like.
Ham, Asparagus and Mozzarella Salad
Total time: 20 minutes
- 8oz (240gr) ham, cut into cubes
- 8oz (240gr) asparagus, cut into 1″ (2.5cm) lengths
- 10 – 12 small mozzarella balls, cut in half
- 1 – 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into large chunks
- 2 eggs, hard-boiled, roughly chopped
- enough lettuce for 2 main dish salads
- Creamy Dill Dressing:
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tbs good olive oil
- 2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tsp fresh dill weed, chopped
- 2 tsp fresh chives, chopped
- Blanche asparagus for 3 minutes in rapidly boiling water. Refresh in cold water and allow to dry.
- Prepare lettuce, tear and put into a large salad bowl.
- Make dressing: combine all ingredients and whisk well
- Add half the dressing to lettuce and toss well with tongs to combine.
- Taste, adjust.
- Add remaining ingredients, toss to combine, taste and add more dressing as desired.
- Serve, extra dressing on the side.
I had every intention of spending hours writing another witty and entertaining post.
Really, I did.
Then I had to fix mon mari’s printer (tech is my job; killing creepy-crawlies is his).
And I talked to my sister in the U.S. (always important, and not often enough).
I was just getting back to it when my computer mysteriously crashed.
Then the WiFi quit working and had to be attended to (it’s fixed)
I noticed that the sun was setting so I ran out to pick the lettuce for dinner.
There was a fine mist outside so I grabbed a jacket.
I should have grabbed a trowel…..
The lettuce was full of huge slugs. Apparently they liked the nice, soft mist.
I didn’t notice right off.
Until I touched one.
Might I just say “EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW”
I always take a cutters with me when I pick lettuce, to trim and cut off the root ends to leave in the compost.
No, I didn’t cut the slugs – how could you think that? That would be just, just, just….. Icky!
I knocked them off the lettuce, picked them up on the flat blade and tossed them into the sunflower field.
Yes, it took rather a lot longer than if I had just picked them off but my method didn’t actually involve any finger-to-slug contact.
I also could have gone back to the house to get the person in charge of creepy-crawlies but that would have involved an
argument discussion on the definition of creepy-crawly. I think slugs qualify, but the argument could be made that they are slitherers….. (spell check didn’t like that) rather than crawlers.
Regardless, I manged to get all the lettuce for dinner. When I went to the compost to do the trimming I noticed that the compost pile was covered in snails. I decided that was acceptable.
I also decided that I don’t think I will ever be as enthusiastic over escargot again.
Now I have to make dinner.
And have a glass of wine.
Before I wash the lettuce – in case I missed any creepy-slitherers I need fortification.
You do know that if you find slugs in the lettuce it’s organic, right?
You’ll just have to wait for the witty and entertaining post.