Saturday, November 22, 2008

Farmer’s Market Salad with Turkish Dressing

I am taking a break from regular Turkish food recipes and posting the dishes I made using the vegetables I purchased from the Farmer’s Market last weekend. Let’s start with a salad. This salad incorporates mizuna; a peppery mild salad green with feathery leaves, escarole, red and white radishes, tomatoes and green onions (all purchased from the local farmer’s market). I could have also added cucumbers that I bought at the market but we ate them before the salad was made. If you have them on hand, definitely throw them in.

I had never tasted mizuna or white radishes before. As the name suggests, mizuna is a Japanese salad green and used mainly for salads, but can also be used in soups and noodles. I enjoyed the taste of this green, healthy vegetable. Red radishes are very common in Turkish salads, however not white ones. One noticeable observation was that the red radishes are white inside and the white radishes are red inside. That got my attention, but also created a colorful appearance to my salad.

The integration of all these veggies with the classic Turkish dressing was a perfect match. I will be making this salad again.

20 escarole leaves
20 mizuna leaves
4 white radishes
6 red radishes
3 tomatoes
3 green onions
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt

Chop the escarole and mizuna leaves and place in a large bowl. Cut the radishes in half and slice. Slice the green onions and chop the tomatoes. Add to the bowl. Sprinkle salt. Add olive oil and then the vinegar. Toss and serve.

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Laurie Constantino said...

Nothing better than fresh greens from the Farmer's Market! FYI, I've tried serval times to subscribe to your blog through Google Reader and every time I do I get a message saying "The feed being requested cannot be found." I've never received this message for any other blog and have no idea what the problem is. :(

Mediterranean kiwi said...

hello from crete
i love your food
the salad is great, and it would go well with those kebabs you posted below...

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Laurie, agree about the farmer's market grens. I am not sure what is up with my feed. I checked to make sure the feed is valid and it is, but for some reason, Google Reader is not recognizing it. I'll have to figure out what the deal is. Thanks for letting me know! I'll send you a note once I fix it.

Hello Mediterranean kiwi, thanks for your comment. You're absolutely right about the salad and kebab going together; got to have some greens with the meat!