Our salad days are beginning:
Tonight, a balsamic and parsley glaze over roasted beets, carrots, and turnips with a cilantro and chickpea salad.
Roasted Beets, Carrots, & Turnips:
4 beets, cut into small pieces
6-8 small turnips (3/4-1/2 inch diameter), roughly chopped
8-10 small carrots, roughly chopped
1 small spring onion, chopped small
a medium handful of garlic scapes, chopped small
A small handful of parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced OR a teaspoon of scape pesto
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
Salt and pepper
What to do:
1. Put the beets, turnips, carrots, onion, and scapes in an 8inch pan and toss with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
2. Roast at 400 until somewhat soft, not mushy.
3. While the veggies are roasting, combine the parsley, garlic/scape pesto, and walnuts in a saucepan. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and a teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or more if you like). Cook over very low heat for several minutes then set aside.
4. When the veggies are ready, pour the glaze over the top, stir a little, and eat.
Chickpea and Cilantro on Salad:
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Handful of cilantro (maybe 6-7 stalks), chopped finely
Generous handful of snap peas, shelled
6 small radishes, chopped finely
7-8 garlic scapes, chopped finely
Green part of 2-3 scallions, sliced
Enough salad greens to fill your salad bowl (we added some spinach to the mixed greens & head lettuce)
Olive oil, salt, pepper
Dressing: More olive oil & vinegar of some kind (chive is excellent; white wine or balsamic is great too)
1. Chop up the cilantro, shell the peas, chop the radishes and garlic scapes, and slice the scallions. All of these things are optional except for the cilantro so mix & match to your heart’s content. Put it all into a bowl and add a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Stir it together well and set aside.
2. Wash your salad greens and tear/cut them into pieces of a manageable size. (Librarian has a certain aversion to too-large salad greens, but feel free to skip this step if you’re not so inclined.) Put into big ol’ salad bowl. I like to add some salt and pepper to the greens and mix it all around a bit.
3. We mixed together the two parts of this salad (greens vs. cilantro/chickpeas/radish mix) individually, and added oil and vinegar to taste.
Then, on top of the salad, these excellent croutons, from the closet-dweller’s brother-in-law:
Eaqual parts olive oil and butter, salt, pepper, slices of bread, cut or torn into small pieces.
1. Melt the butter in a frying pan with an equal amount of olive oil.
2. Mix in salt and pepper quickly.
3. Put the bread in and stir constantly over medium heat until crispy and delicious.