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Sunday, July 19, 2009

July Farm Salad & Food Inc.

Weekend Update: I went a little crazy at the Farmers Market this weekend (went both Friday & Saturday, and picked up Mixed Greens, Radishes, Red Potatoes, Dill, Carrots, Yellow & Red Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Peppered Goat Cheese, Focaccia, Duram Rolls, and Blueberries!) but after going to see the Sunday matinee of Food Inc. I'm tempted to never step foot in a supermarket ever again.

The film Food Inc. has been getting a lot of press lately, and rightfully so. It is the Fahrenheit 9/11 of the Agriculture industry. And, if you'd read your fare share of foodie books, the film's messages are nothing new but still pretty powerful (I had to close my eyes & plug my ears, a la Silence of the Lambs, when the pigs go to slaughter). Here's the link so you can find a theater near you but first take a sec to watch the trailer:

Anywho, after the market on Friday Nick and I quickly transformed our fresh purchases into this salad, which proved to be the perfect lunch.

July Farm Salad:
2-3 large handfuls mixed greens
3 radishes, shaved thin on a mandolin
5 small red potatoes, cut into thin discs
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper

1 heaping tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
pinch sea salt
5 grinds black pepper

Instead of boiling or roasting the potatoes I decided to grill them - as it is Summer!
Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan on high. Toss the thin potato slices with a couple splashes of olive oil, salt & pepper. Grill until soft with crispy brown edges (about 5-7 minutes a side).

Using a mandolin, or your finest knife skills, slice the radishes paper-thin. I remember an episode of Top Chef when the contestants had to slice a piece of jicama thin enough to read newsprint through the root.

Whisk the mustard, olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper together to make the dressing. When the potatoes are ready, toss everything together and enjoy! We ate this with the Seven Stars' focaccia!

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