2010/12/20

winter salad


I've been longing for a winter salad with herbs and root vegetables, especially when in winter times I quite often lack the energy to prepare anything fancy or light. I've been eating a lot of pasta lately. So salads are good change to that. I made this salad at the same time with the chestnut pie of the previous post, using the leftover chestnuts. If you don't wish to spend the time preparing chestnuts, use almonds, pecans or walnuts instead. And if rutabaga is unavailable, carrots, sweet potatoes or parsnips are just great.


Winter salad

1-2 rutabagas, carrots, parsnips or sweet potatoes (or use a mixture of many)
1 ripe avocado
some generous handfulls of
rocket
thyme
lovage...or any other flavourfull herbs you get your hands on
a couple of handfuls chestnuts, almonds, pecans or walnuts
olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste

Prepare the oven roasted root veggies first. Wash the vegetables well and slice them thinly with a cheese cutter or mandolin. Brush a silicone mat or parchment paper on oven tray with olive oil. Sprinkle the thinly sliced veggies on the tray and mix them up with the oil, add salt and black pepper, and some herbs too (rosemary and thyme work well). Roast in the oven in 200 degrees Celsius (390 F) until crisp, roasted and golden brown. Let cool.

Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone. Slice the fruit and peel of the skin. Toast the chestnuts or other nuts on a dry pan. Tear herbs on plates, add avocado slices and nuts. Mix and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve. Perfect lunch.


I found this sand coloured glass plate from the recycling centre. It's a perfect combo of simplicity and decorativeness. The white bowl-like plates are from flea market as well. I've been into coloured glass lately, hunting down unique pieces from second hand shops and recycling centres.

4 kommenttia:

  1. That salad looks so del and it tasted even better.

    The combination of rustic and light looks really good. I would have probably adjusted the second and third images a bit lighter, though.

    VastaaPoista
  2. Thanks!
    The lovage was really good in this.

    And agreed! The different screens, the one of my folks was apparently adjusted too bright. I might tweak them a bit, or then not, it's not like they're way too dark.

    VastaaPoista
  3. Tota.. moi ja hei takaisin, olin tosi yllättynyt kun tulit kommentoimaan blogiini. Olen toki imarreltu että osoitit jotain mielenkiintoa muhun, mitä en olisi vähäisen tuttavuutemme perustella uskaltanut haaveillakaan, mutta vielä enemmän hämmästyin että tiesit blogini=siviilini. Mistä ihmeestä muuten?

    Jos sopii niin vastaisitko tähän? :>

    VastaaPoista
  4. Moi! Eli se olit sinä?
    Päättelin blogisi/siviilisi blogistasi ja muista sivuista, joilla olet ollut ja olen itse ollut. Mietin kun kommentoit blogiini pari postausta sitten että kukakohan tämä on, luin kirjoituksiasi ja vetelin viivoja yhteen päässäni. Ei mitään woodoota, enkä usko että kukaan random ihminen osaa vain netin kautta päätellä henkilöllisyytesi :)

    Vastakysymyksenä: kuinka itse löysit tämän blogini?

    VastaaPoista