When we lived in MN we used to go to a popular restaurant on the lake we lived on.
In the summer we went by boat, which was a great way to end the day.
Sorry, lost in the memories there for a moment….
Their house salad was justifiably famous. It had a fantastic dressing but my favorite part was the slices of pickled beets, They added both color and flavor.
I am in the unusual position of being forced to buy lettuce (more about that after the recipe).
I found this great combination of lamb’s lettuce, early spinach and slivered red beet.
Tuna and White Bean Salad
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) white beans (cannellini), drained
- 3oz (90gr) tuna, net weight, drained
- 2/3 cup sliced celery, 1 – 2 ribs
- 1/3 cup sliced green olives
- 1 tbs fresh, snipped chives
- 1 tbs fresh, snipped oregano
- 3oz (90gr) spring greens
- 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 3 tbs salad olive oil
- Combine tuna, beans, celery, olives and herbs in a bowl.
- Put vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk well.
- Add oil very slowly, whisking constantly.
- Add vinaigrette to bowl with tuna / beans and stir to combine.
- Let salad sit at room temperature for 10 – 20 minutes to blend flavors.
- Arrange spring greens on salad plates, put bean salad on top and serve.
I am conceding defeat.
A month ago I posted that the ungrateful birds were devastating my potager. They were eating my seeds and my lettuce and my chard.
I replanted the seeds in pots to sprout unmolested and I covered the lettuce and the chard with chicken wire.
For three weeks everything grew nicely….
The Romaine and the chard grew enough that they needed to be uncovered.
They continued to grow….
Every morning I checked.
Every morning they were just a tiny bit taller.
Until last Thursday.
Last Thursday it looked as if someone had taken a large sheers and trimmed the top inch of every plant – evenly.
Last Friday another inch was gone….
I decided to do like the farmers and hang ‘distractions’.
I strung a filmy string between the bean poles and the fence that would wave and reflect in the breeze. I added some tape and discs.
My potager looks like this:
I had hopes….
The next morning they (whatever ‘they’ are) had eaten my parsley almost down to the ground.
I have now put chicken wire over the parsley.
And I am buying lettuce…..