winter salad #1

By on Nov 13, 2010 in for one, salad | 0 comments

November winds howl against the shuttered windows, raking the last of the fall leaves from the trees. The sky remains stalwart, flat, and grey. Inside, the radiators begin their subtle winter hiss. Staring out the window, a willow is espied, resolutely refuses to shed its brilliant yellow foliage. This last burst of color deserves to be honored with a salad that chases away the grey feeling of the day. Crisp green leafy lettuce, tender pads of watercress, a the earthy sweetness of a shredded, roasted beet, the mellow bite of a daikon radish, the low sweetness of a brilliant orange carrot, all dressed with bright fresh lemon, the salty tang of capers, and the silky fruitiness of extra virgin olive oil. A few dry sharp crumbles of parmesan, a few twists of black pepper, a giant pretty bright bowl, and it’s time to settle in next to the grey window, gaze out at the brilliant...