Just a quick hello to bring you a quick super-seasonal salad I’m sharing over at Greatist this week. I missed my last post over there (I know, you’ve heard it before, but work really has been crazy), so I wanted to make this one extra, er, healthy. Which it totally is. And not only is it healthy, it’s fresh, full of flavor, satisfying and a great use of some of the spring produce we already have in abundance – radishes, peas, and mint.
I made this salad last Saturday to go with the Vermont quiche we had for dinner. Last Saturday was such a great day. Even when I know I have to work weekends, I try and take one full day without touching anything related to work. For me, that day is usually Saturday. Sunday I’m getting organized and ready for the week, so working can feel like a natural part of that, but Saturday is my day to recover, catch up with Trevor, and do whatever I feel like doing. And last Saturday, whatever I felt like doing consisted of a long run, a few photoshoots, and 3 beautiful hours gardening with T, taking plenty of breaks to sunbathe and drink rhubarb-hibiscus spritzers.
Our garden is tiny, and definitely an experiment, but it brings me so much joy. I like taking a few minutes every day, either in the morning or when I get home from work, to just walk through and check on the progress of all the tiny vegetables and herbs. It’s especially nice after a light rain, when everything sparkles a little. I’m amazed at how much change can occur in a 24 hour period – today there were flowers on the fava beans that weren’t even buds yesterday, and 3 tiny new leaves appeared on every bean plant. Even just standing there for a few minutes and watching all the green brings me this great centered calm feeling. I sometimes wonder what my roommates think when they catch me just staring at a box of dirt and green things. (Actually, I remember wondering the same thing about Megan last year, when I used to sit on my windowsill and watch my shoebox full of lettuce. Literally, I planted a garden in a shoebox. It didn’t go that well. But Megan lived with me for 4 years; she knew these things about me already.)
Something about eating something as fresh and seasonal as this salad after a day spent working in the garden felt just right. And I wanted to share that feeling with you. Plus, it doesn’t get much faster, easier, or healthier than this, which is what Greatist is all about! Head on over there for the recipe.
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