Miso Pasta; lettuce thieves

I made a warm Miso Pasta Salad to go with the Grilled Miso Chicken.

I have a tendency to want things to match.

Sometimes I get a little to intense with it all and it doesn’t work, but this did.

As I can’t seem to figure out what is eating my Romaine it looks like pasta salads are going to be our only salads this summer.

As I can’t buy Romaine, mon mari is going to be unable to make his fantastic Caesar Salad for his birthday at the end of the month.

There is a lot changing in the world at the moment; I think we can handle this small one.

Caesar Pasta Salad? With avocado? I may be on to something…..

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Miso Pasta

I used half of a jar of artichoke hearts and a supermarket tomato in this dish, in an attempt to use up some odds & ends. The fresh herbs are from my garden. They are always an early spring treat. I was going to add an avocado…. but I had to toss it, sadly.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta Salad

Ingredients

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  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • 4oz (120gr) marinated artichoke hearts, cut into wedges if large
  • 3 tbs fresh marjoram, leaves cut in half
  • 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups (4.2oz, 125gr) pasta, bite-size
  • Miso Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs miso
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil 

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. When done, drain.
  • Make vinaigrette in a bowl large enough to hold salad: 
  • Whisk vinegar and miso.
  • Slowly add oil and whisk until it emulsifies.
  • Add artichoke hearts, tomato, and herbs.
  • When pasta is ready, add to bowl.
  • Stir gently and serve

Notes

I used a medium miso. You can use any wine vinegar you have on hand. I served this warm but you could make it ahead and allow to cool.

Keywords: pasta salad, miso, artichoke hearts

Miso Pasta Salad

Regarding my Romaine lettuce….

I have assumed it was the rabbits. I have caught a baby in the potager twice this spring. They are small enough that they fit through the fence in places.

I have since secured those places.

The entire row of lettuce was eaten down to about an inch (from 3 inches).

However, I never see any other signs of rabbit in the garden: no rabbit pellets (which are plentiful everywhere they normally are) and no digging, which they seem to do just for fun.

I found some bone meal online which is supposed to repel them. That appears to be working around the roses which they were also destroying. I’ve put it all around the potager as well as in the row with the lettuce.

The lettuce is still being eaten.

So what is it? Birds? Hedgehogs? Mice / voles / shrews / rats?

It’s frustrating….

It’s a good thing we like pasta salads.

6 thoughts on “Miso Pasta; lettuce thieves”

  1. Good grief! You’ve had the proverbial, if it wasn’t for bad luck, going with your garden this year. You may never learn, without the help of a camera or trail cam, what’s eating the lettuce. I remember mentioning that last year, I lost one cuke plant. Out of four. And never lost another. The fence is too small for even the little babies to get through, I saw no slug trails, no little footprints, nothing. It was just…gone. I never learned what did it. You might not either.

    Have you thought of netting? You could use that over the lettuce. I buy netting for my grapes. It’s lightweight or you could put some dowels out to help hold it up.

    We like warm salads. I make my potato salad while the potatoes and eggs are still hot. I’ll definitely have to try this one.

    In the meantime, I was gifted an almost 100 pound rhubarb plant a couple days ago. I’m just praying it survives. My poor little rhubarb plant this year didn’t yield more than about 4 cups, almost not even worth making a crisp with. Almost…

    • I bought netting. They are already recovering, after 1 day. I have had no luck with rhubarb. My mother, the expert, didn’t believe me. She said all you do to grow rhubarb is stick it in the ground and stand back. She had black dirt. I have red clay. Good luck.

    • No – the leaves are bitten off from the top. I thought rabbits but I’ve never seen any sign. My farmer neighbor says birds… What do I know lol

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