Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Best Salad I've Ever Had

Granted, at this point any salad with walnuts, something sweet, and crumbled cheese is basically a cliche. I mean come on, even McDonald's has one. Still, this was incredible.

Made entirely from ingredients left by the gracious hosts for whom I'm house sitting, this salad featured:

-slightly blanched asparagus
-toasted walnuts
-crumbled feta
-extremely ripe hunks of avocado
-freshly ground black pepper
-a pinch of sea salt
-a drizzle of honey
-a drop of red wine vinegar

And yet it was so much more than that. Together, with a bite of black pepper, honey, avocado, feta, endive and salt, something entirely new was born. A world of flavors, a world of textures, even a world of slightly varied temperatures (toasty walnuts, still warm asparagus, cool endive, room temperature feta).

I have to say it again: it was the best salad I've ever had.

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