As Spring is beginning to wind down here on the coast, I'm trying to savor the fresh produce that comes with this cooler sun-filled season. Light and refreshing vegetables like cucumbers, radishes, and fresh greens pull me in and spark my creativity. They usually find themselves in a bowl combined with fresh cheeses or lighter meats or fish. I love to assemble salads because they are so versatile. It's impossible to get bored when the pairings are endless and the produce is crisp and perfectly ripe!
Today I thought I'd share a creation that has become a favorite go-to this Spring. I recently discovered that my body does not naturally retain iron. As a result, I've been attempting to add more of this essential mineral into my body through food. Many of the ingredients in this recipe are iron-rich—arugula, upland cress, radishes, and any meat or fish topping. It's an iron fest! Ha, oh and it's also an incredibly refreshing, delicious, and simple salad, as well ;).
+ Handful of Fresh, Organic Arugula
+ 1 Small, Organic Persian Cucumber
+ 1-2 Small Organic Radishes
+ Small Bunch of Upland Cress or Baby Watercress, the amount should easily fit in the palm of your hand
+ Drizzle of Organic, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
+ Splash of Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, around 1/2 tbsp
+ Pinch of Chunky Celtic Sea Salt
+ Jersey Cow Cheese Curds or Imported French Brie Cheese, optional
+ Lox or Smoked Wild Salmon, optional
Pull out all your ingredients. On a cutting board slice your cucumber and radishes to your preferred thickness. Place the arugula in your serving bowl and with your hands gently pick up the handful again. Tear down the middle of the bundle to prevent large leaves and stems. You are welcome to use herbs scissors for this as well. Add the cucumber, the radishes, and, if you're adding it, the cheese curds, brie, or salmon. Top with a freshly clipped bunch of cress or watercress. To dress the salad, drizzle olive oil lightly, followed by a splash of ACV and a sprinkle of the sea salt. Gentle toss and serve immediately.
*To make this for a gathering, simply duplicate the allotted amounts for each guest. For a party of five you would use five cucumbers and around 7-8 radishes. Feel free to add or subtract as you prefer.
À votre santé!