Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn Salads, Rainy Weekend

The harvest may be over, and the glory days of the farmers market ending, but last week, I found a lot of good stuff at two different Westchester farmers markets -- the Wednesday night market in Irvington and the Saturday morning market in Hastings. Wednesday was my second time at the Irvington market, but my first time ever shopping at a farmers market in the pitch dark. Oh sure, some vendors had rigged up small battery-operated lanterns, but mainly I had to rely on the senses of touch and smell (and the flashlight on my key ring) to pick out shallots, chard, Keuka Gold potatoes, baby leeks and what is probably the last of the summer sweet corn. On Saturday, I avoided the prepared food temptation and picked up a few supplemental items at the Hastings market, including yams, breakfast radishes and a variety of apples. And on Sunday, it rained. So it was a perfect day for cooking, particularly as I had a friend coming over for lunch. The menu included roasted pork loin, Mark Bittman's Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (with the fresh corn), Smitten Kitchen's acorn squash with chile-lime vinaigrette and a green salad I made up on the fly.
Despite the surplus of yellow and orange in the meal (beta Carotene is all good, right?), my skin has not turned orange like an Oompa-Loompa or anything. But since I am trying enjoy the autumn produce while I still can, who knows what will happen before the season is over!
Crunchy Green Salad
I love cheese in salads, but get sick of feta or goat cheese crumbles, so Ricotta Salata is a good alternative that pairs well with the sweet flavors in this salad.
3 Cups mixed greens (I used the Sorrento blend from Trader Joes)
2 Scallions, sliced on an angle
5 Breakfast radishes, sliced into thin rounds
2 T. Pine nuts, toasted
2 T. Pomegranate seeds
1/4 Cup Ricotta Salata, crumbled
Olive oil
Rice wine vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients and toss with olive oil, rice wine vinegar and spices to taste.


Robert M. Burnside said...

Loved the photos - made me want to do lunch immediately!

Matt said...

Sounds yummy!