Spring Forward, A Fresh Salad With Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing And Some Shopping
Although it won’t officially be spring until Friday, March 20th at 6:46 PM, we have taken one giant leap by changing the clocks, moving them forward one hour which gives us an extra hour of daylight, in my opinion having to wake up an hour earlier is cruel and unecessary, leave the clocks be please (editorial opinions are strictly my own). I have proclaimed that it is Spring in my house today by opening some of my windows to let in some fresh (cold) air and although there is still snow piled up outside, I made a fresh salad in honor of Spring, This salad was born out of necessity, I needed to use watermelon radish, frisee, beets, spring onion and blood orange before they went bad, threw some garbanzo beans in and had a small wedge of 2 day old sourdough bread that I cut into cubes and made some pan fried croutons. The dressing is simple, meyer lemon juice, mayonaise, olive oil, mint and basil (both dried), the flavor is creamy and bright and it went so nicely on the salad, you don’t have to use mayonnaise you can use yogurt for a lighter dressing or simply lemon, oil and herbs for an even lighter one. I hope you all enjoy your extra hour of daylight and we will all soon be enjoying lovely Spring weather and beautiful produce.
Salad for one:
handful of frisee
beet cut into bite size pieces
scallions or spring onion
watermelon radish cut into strips
1 blood orange, or orange supremed used half the orange in the salad and squeezed the juice of the other half on top of the salad
garbanzo beans about 1/4 cup
Toasted nuts would also be a great option in this salad
Instead of croutons you could add a whole grain like farro, freekeh, barley or whatever you like.
Toss it all in a bowl (pretty easy right)
Meyer lemon dressing
2 tbs mayonaise
juice of a meyer lemon a (you determine how thick or thin you like your dressing)
drizzle of olive oil
dried mint and basil or whatever herbs you want to use, fresh is best but dried will do nicely.
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk everything together, add the lemon juice little by little until you reach the desiered consistency.
One of my favorite things to do is go to the local Marshall’s houseware department. They have great stuff for the kitchen an home. I could literally spend hours there and never leave empty handed. Today I got some assorted bowls, a great ceramic pitcher and found this pug mug that I couldn’t resist, I needed a new spoon cradle and I fell in love with a vibrant ceramic eggplant spoon cradle. Last month I decided to re furnish, my guest room, I bought new furniture and rugs, today I found some cool accessories, throw pillows, and some really nice baskets, it’s so much fun to shop.