Pretty Plates, Garnishes and Summer Garden Salads

Leave a comment July 8, 2010 in Food & Fun, Married Single Moms, Parenting and Women

There is something wonderful about garden fresh ingredients. I love the tastes and colours that emerge from the earth and appear on my table.

I whipped up this recipe last summer when I was in the mood to create something new and exciting. It has since become one of my favorite ‘quick’ salads to brighten up any plate and add some zing and texture to any meal. It’s easy and can be made in winter as well to bring a summer flavour to the meal if you choose to use store-bought rather than farmer’s market or garden fresh ingredients.

Fresh Tomato Feta Salad

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 cup grape tomatoes

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

¼ cup baby chives

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp heavy cream

½ fresh lemon (optional)

After crumbling the feta cheese into similarly sized pieces, pour the oil and cream over it and very gently stir it to make a creamy cheesy mixture.

Cut the rosemary sprigs into tiny pieces and chives into ½-1” lengths. Stir herbs together with the cheese mixture.

Cut the grape tomatoes in half and add to the dressing. Gently toss it all together.

For a little more zest squeeze some fresh lemon juice over your salad, or garnish it with lemon slices for each person to add as much as they’d like.

Married Single Mom Moment:
Fancy meals are not usually part of my life when Trent is away. It is more of a quick and easy meal season. I try to make things that take less time, fewer ingredients and much less preparation. However, too quickly the meals become common place and I forget what it feels like to see a beautifully garnished plate at my spot on the table.

A pretty plate makes the meal so much more special! Actually it makes ME feel special!

So when I’m feeling a little blue of heart – like I’m missing out on adult life while my man is out wining and dining across the globe – a pretty plate with a gorgeous garnish and a delicious little piece of something decadent on it brings back some semblance of adulthood to my table and reminds me that I am worth the time and effort it takes to prepare a fabulous meal. Even if it is only ‘sometimes’!

• A quick trip to the Thrift Store can be exactly what you need to find just one or two perfectly pretty plates that just beg to be used to serve something beautiful. This usually costs less than $5 – I found some for less than a dollar each.

• Keep lemons, radishes, green onion, cucumbers, parsley, endive, julienned carrots or other edible garnishes ready in the fridge. Plate your food in the kitchen, toss a couple of pretty garnishes on top then sit down to a gorgeous meal.

Truth be told, I didn’t start doing this until I was a Married Single Mom. Until then I thought garnishes were for restaurants and hoity-toity people! But once I tried it I was HOOKED! It’s one way to make dinner time special for you and whomever you enjoy it with.

What are some of your favourite recipes? How do you make mealtime special? What sorts of garnishes do you use?

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