Friday, June 29, 2012

Salad On The Cusp

What do you serve on a day that dawns bright and sunny a few days after the solstice, but is still breezy with a slight chill to the air?  The calendar says it's summer, but the air is still spring. I looked into the fridge and found two distinctly different sets of ingredients - lettuce, cherry tomatoes and avocado that wanted to be a salad, and broccoli, spicy Italian sausage, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots that suggested a more wintry meal.

So, I figured, "What the heck!"

In a wide pan, I sautéed the sausage in a little olive oil, then added sliced mushrooms, chunked carrot, broccoli florets and cubes of slightly stale sourdough bread, one after the other, giving each just a few minutes to cook in the pan before adding the next. 

When the bread had gotten a nice brown crisp on, I served it all on plates, topping it with fresh Romaine, cherry tomatoes and slices of avocado. Dribbled just a tad of balsamic vinaigrette over the whole schmear and sat down to the perfect meal for a day on the cusp between spring and summer.

Who says we can't have it all?


Blogger Greg said...

I think that dish would be good at any time of year.

Friday, June 29, 2012  
Blogger katiez said...

I put hot foods in my salads all the time... usually I make the hubs grill it, though.

Saturday, June 30, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, well, any part of the year that has ripe cherry tomatoes, anyway...

KatieZ, I wish My Beloved as as avid a griller as Ton Mari. Mine tends to take the meat off while it's still mooing.

Saturday, June 30, 2012  

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