If it weren’t for Nelly, last night’s dinner never would have happened. If it weren’t for last night’s dinner, my life would be lacking what could have been. If what could have been wouldn’t have been, well, then this post would be completely different. But I did read Nelly‘s post the other day, and I did see her salad, and I did have a huge variety of vegetables sitting in my fridge just waiting to be used, and it just so happens, I found my new favorite dish. And I have to say, this dinner topped most of the dinners I have had in the past few weeks. It was simple and extremely clean, and I think that is part of what made it so damn good.
Let me tell you what, This. Dish. Rocks.
Leftover marinated barbequed eggplants and the Rainbow Shaved vegetable salad, and a side of lettuce, untouched by dressing.
If only you could taste the shaved vegetable salad that was created last night. I wish you could. But since you can’t, the least I can do is provide you with the recipe, right?
Step one, check out Nelly‘s post and the site she got it from. Step two, select a variety of colorful vegetables and slice very thin on a mandoline. Above (and added to the finished dish) is fresh, organic fennel, radishes, summer squash, and spiraled beets.
After filling a bowl with the paper-thin veggies, sprinkle with fleur de sel (large chunks of sea salt), fresh lemon and lime juice, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss to coat.
At this point you could stop and eat, but why not, as Emerald Ligasi says, “Kick it up a notch!”?
Throw in some avocados, finely chopped chives, and a few pieces of cilantro. Now you have a salad.
Um. Freakin’ amazing.
I’ve been blog-busy working on updating (FINALLY, sheesh!) all of my tabs above. It’s still (and probably always will be) a work in progress but some of them are now up-to-date. The ‘make‘ page of recipes has pretty much all of my recipes (and some guest post recipes) listed now. And please, please, please check out ‘love‘. I’m dedicating this page to a positive place for others to share what they love about, well, anything. Yesterday I did some soul searching, read some uplifting blogs, which I will write about another day, and decided to create this page. Go read it and comment… I want this to be a place where you can come back over and over to write anything you would like, positive items please, and others can check out for a dose of happiness.
Tomorrow, I’m leaving on a jet plane…