Summer salads — two for the price of one

A couple of years ago, The New York Times ran a collection of 101 salad recipes put together by writer Mark Bittman. That list changed the way I think about cooking. All the recipes require just a few ingredients and minimal cooking (or none!). And they don’t include measurements, so you can feel like a real chef as you sample your salad, add a dash of this or that, and sample again. You can easily assemble two of these salads and call it a meal. Plus, the colors are stunning, like a circus on your plate.

Several weeks ago, I delved into the collection again. I made No. 2 on the list, a tomato and peach salad. Weird, right? It was surprisingly good.

Here’s a rough breakdown of the ingredients:

2 peaches, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 T cilantro, chopped
juice of 1/2 a lemon (you can also use lime)
olive oil, pepper and salt to taste

Mix it all together and serve.

That little ditty on the right is a roasted corn salad, which we make fairly often in the summer. It’s No. 39 on the list.

Two ears of corn
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
juice of one lime
1/2 cup queso fresco or feta cheese
salt and pepper

Cut the kernels off the ears of corn and saute in a skillet with a bit of olive oil for 8 to 10 minutes. Toss with remaining ingredients and serve.

(Pardon Eleanor’s reach.)

5 thoughts on “Summer salads — two for the price of one

  1. I had the same experience with that list, but gravitated toward the raw shredded beet salad. (A beautiful mess.) Peaches and tomatoes sounds terrible at first, but I’m imagining the sweet and the acid, and how much I think peaches belong in regular salad, and it sounds kind of pretty sort of ok, actually….

    Is that Eleanor eating from the bowl, adding a pinch of salt, or just getting some cool sensory stimulation?

  2. Oh, she is eating there. She normally demands a plate, but not this time. No, she just started right into it.

    Not mentioned is that Sarah decided to add cilantro to the first salad. I’m one of those people blessed with a strong aversion to cilantro and a wonderful wife, so it was just going on her plate. She placed a small bowl of it on the table and then went back to get the peach salad, not noticing that Eleanor had already started eating.

    Well, Eleanor saw that bowl of cilantro and the bowl of corn salad and did the only logical thing a toddler experienced in preparing pretend food could do. She dumped the cilantro on the corn salad. I had to pick the cilantro out of there and if you look closely in that first picture, you can still see a few flakes holding on.

  3. Sarah, we must amend Greg. How could someone so perfect in every other way NOT LOVE CILANTRO!?!?

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