a late may salad

May 31st, 2009 · 26 Comments

the bread you see is the olive bread from ‘on the rise artisan breads‘ in cleveland. and let me tell you, if there was bread like this in nashville – or even close, you wouldn’t be hearing me complain about the food here… maybe ever.

the salad was compliments of both chris’s handiwork and a farmer’s market stop on the way to my house where he picked up delvin farms local arugula, spinach and strawberries. the just picked produce was then paired with my begging to be used 3 week old golden beet – so all of that, a red onion – and a jar of this:

i kept the empty jar just to show you…

it was bought at buon italia in nyc, and i loved this stuff. it was worth every dime of the $6 pricetag. just some perfectly al dente farro and wild chickpeas, olive oil, salt and pepper. and SURE, you can make it yourself for a buck or so… but thank god you don’t have to. because can you say immediate gratification? nutty, chewy and perfect? SURE you can. i am telling you, this jar is an absolute pantry gem. i only wish i’d bought more.

the dressing was a simple whisk of some golden ligurian olive oil (also from buon italia) with a very good balsamic vinegar (di palo selects). it emulsified into a silken dressing that you won’t often see due to the caliber of these two wonderful ingredients that would make it cost prohibitive in most restaurants throughout the country – similar to the good wine you only get to drink at home…

nashville, late may – in a bowl – with cleveland bread on the side… (thanks again, heidi)

Tags: salad

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jack // Jun 1, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Nothing like a fresh picked salad. Strawberries really shine with even average balsamic vinegar! That looks like summer. I can’t wait untill the tomatoes start to ripen.

  • 2 sarah // Jun 1, 2009 at 6:32 am

    whoever said you don’t make friends with salad, clearly hasn’t seen your salad skills!
    …that is definately my kinda salad
    and thanks for putting me onto heidi!

  • 3 Chris // Jun 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

    It was tasty. That bread rawked!

  • 4 Becky and the Beanstock // Jun 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I get jars of stuff like that and I don’t know what to do with them. So they go into my ark of a pantry. Love how easily you know how to use odd things — and I love an early spring salad. I love anything with beets. And strawberries. And balsamic…

  • 5 maybelles mom // Jun 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Oh, what a lovely salad. Beets make my heart skip a beet. And, On the Rise is great. My friend lives across the street and gained 5 pounds the first month they opened.

  • 6 katiek @kitchensidecar // Jun 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Looks delectable. I really like how that vinaigrette coats the leaves.


  • 7 Lesley // Jun 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

    My worst nightmare is becoming one of those people who can’t eat bread. A salad without bread is just…well, it’s a salad and I’ll still like it, but I need bread.

  • 8 CeeElCee // Jun 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    How come your photos don’t show up in my GoogleReader anymore?

    Your food porn makes me want to type with just one hand.

    So I can EAT with the other one! Jeez, you pervs.

  • 9 Rachel (S[d]OC) // Jun 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I don’t blame you for buying the jar of the pricey stuff. Maybe plain, you-must-cook-it farro is readily available in the city, but here in the ‘burbs (and don’t dare call it “upstate”) it’s not easy to come by. I’d buy a jar just to have it.

    I’ve been really disappointed with the farmer’s markets so far this spring. I’m envious of your bounty!

  • 10 democommie // Jun 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    ummmmmmmmmmm. Salad!

    I really need to be eating lots more of those (especially after the nice lady at the VA said, “WTF are you eating? Grilled cheese sammies with drawn butter and hollandaise?–yikes!”) . But good local produce is an oxymoron around here except for the period between June and September.

    I did get some decent cod yesterday at the market and when I told the young lady who wrapped it for me that I was going to simmer it in chili, her eyes lit up. This could be love.

    Please write me really long letter, Claudia, on butter lettuce and put it in a baggie!

  • 11 The Italian Dish // Jun 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Once again, excellent ingredients means you don’t have to do too much to them and it makes all the difference. The farro/bean spread is certainly an interesting item! Never have seen that before. . .

  • 12 rebekka // Jun 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    You really make Nashville work. I love Delvin Farms, too.

  • 13 Heidi Robb // Jun 4, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Pretty pretty salad. I’ve been wondering – really – how the jar of farro was going to taste – glad it was delish.

  • 14 SpinachTiger // Jun 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    You may have to start baking your own bread. Just kidding. Try some Grandad’s gravy balsamic at Granny white market. At only $11, it tastes much more expensive, is syrupy. I’m off to make salad…you made me hungry.

  • 15 Brooke // Jun 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Looks beautiful and so colorful! I want a bite right now. Mmmm…farrow and beets and strawberries and balsamic….

  • 16 krysta // Jun 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    mmm… i love when you make something so simple but beautiful.

  • 17 lo // Jun 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Ah. Salad.
    Sometimes a good salad really makes my heart skip a beet.

  • 18 foodcreate // Jun 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Perfect! I’ve got a couple of friends coming over for lunch this a prefect summer Salad…

    ~Thanks for sharing your wonderful salad:)

  • 19 Samantha // Jun 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Another pretty winner! And i love all the ingredient information. It’s just so you. And well, we love that!

  • 20 Carol // Jun 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    What was the shipping from Buon Italia? Was it quite high? I love that place too and always go when I’m in New York, if only for a cappucino. I’ve never thought to put together a box and ship. next time I definitely will do that.

    The salad looks perfect. But totally PERFECT! So pretty and I’m quite sure it was delicious, no?

  • 21 Ethel // Jun 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    After reading Carol’s comment I too went there and had a cappucino with a pastry. The coffee is as good as it gets. Buon Italia is so interesting because of all the people you meet who take their food/cooking/catering/ food writing etc very seriously. Everything there seems to be pure quality. And the selection is endless .
    No surprise Claudia that it’s a favorite of yours when in nyc.

  • 22 katie @ kitchensidecar // Jun 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    That jar of farro looks genius. I want.

  • 23 Lola // Jun 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Such an amazingly beautiful and tasteful blog! I am so glad to have stumbled upon it thanks to Michael Ruhlman’s site. I’ll be back often.

    Really gorgeous salad.

  • 24 Ingrid // Jun 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I could eat that salad every day of my life. With the bread. Just splendid!

  • 25 Alta // Jun 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like the perfect lunch!

  • 26 rebekka // Jun 13, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Don’t you think you should start an underground restaurant in Nashville? I’ll be the pastry chef!

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