Monday, September 21, 2009

Indian Summer in a Bowl

{Tomato Peach Salad with Serious Zing}

Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was borderline productive. Borderline. But thanks to some new friends it did involve a pig roast and a punk rock show by middle-aged rockers at the Joshua Tree Saloon. Yesss. So when the weekend was finally over we were too tired to make anything that involved actual cooking.

But chopping was ok, so we made a wicked concoction inspired by Salad No. 2 from Mark Bittman's "101 Simple Salads for the Season" from his New York Times food blog. Book that salad link if you know what's good for you, literally. It's like the Kama Sutra of salad making. Bittman is a genius of taking just a few simple ingredients and making gustatory magic out of them. And holy smokes, was this little salad of his amazing. It took exactly five minutes to make. And the combination of flavors was indeed, as Bittman predicted, "astonishing."

Desert Salad with Tomatoes and Peaches:
Chop good tomatoes, tart yellow peaches. Add a handful of chopped basil. A dash of chili flakes. Toss with a little olive oil and lots of fresh limejuice. Zing.

If you have any simple salads that are real humdingers, leave a comment with your idea and I'll make it next weekend and post about it next week. Have a good start to your week everyone!


  1. Oh that's an interesting salad. We don't get peaches here, but i think i can sub with a semi ripe mango.
    Let me see what i have in my salad recipe files to share...

  2. ooooooooo! that salad looks DEVINE! the recipe i have is another one of mark bittman's - does that count? it's salad #15 (tomatoes with soy sauce, sesame oil + cilantro)
    find the recipe here!

  3. haha. i always spell devine with an e b/c of my friends kim and sarah devine! oops!

  4. Hello dear friend! Catching up on my blog reading, and you have been busy! Lots of blogging and salads and such. My salad recipes are the same:
    whatever veggies in your frig get chopped up, mixed together. Add whatever crunch you desire (nuts, sunflower seeds, etc.), top with favorite herb. Serve. Not nearly as exciting as yours!

  5. Looks so fresh and delish! But really, I'm mad for your chickens. Amazing amazing work. So glad you got in touch--can't wait to continue following your food and painting!

  6. Hi Lily! I'm a huge admirer of your work and blog via the loveliest girl in the universe, Kate. . . You have amazing taste and talent. This one in particular made my day because of the Dedham Pottery bowl. My mom has so many pieces from their collection - we used to make trips to the shop in Dedham every summer.

    I can't wait to try this recipe - and all the others. Thanks for inspiration!


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