Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Recently I was notified that I have been accepted into membership in the Foodie Blogroll. There were rigorous admission standards. Well, not that rigorous, but they did require a certain minimum percentage of actual food entries on my blog and I guess I passed the test. Although I haven't posted much about cooking lately, food content is featured on my blog, as it is in my still unpublished book. (Draft is done--about 250 pages, 49 stories and 49 recipes.) I've been working on getting it published. Anyone know an agent? A publisher?

So, in honor of now being a part of the Foodie Blogroll, I'm posting a salad recipe that I developed. Last week at the farm market there were lots of nice little Persian cucumbers. It will be weeks before fresh local peaches arrive, but I'm ready with the recipe.

Quoting sweet, wild, creative Julia Child, "Bon appetit!"

Salad With Curried Dressing and Peaches

½ cup good quality olive oil
¼ cup orange champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons chutney
1 teaspoon garam masala (can substitute sweet curry powder)
1 ripe peach, unpeeled, chopped coarsely
1 small Persian cucumber, sliced thin
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dried sliced bananas
2 tablespoons roasted pistachios
1 head lettuce—tender lettuce like butterhead or green oak
Handful of pea shoots

In mini food processor, mix olive oil, vinegar, chutney, and curry. Blend thoroughly.

In large bowl, gently toss lettuce and pea shoots with peaches, cranberries, cucumber, and bananas. Pour oil/vinegar mixture over lettuce/fruit mixture and toss. Top with pistachios.

Serves 4.


  1. Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll! I don't think I have ever had or seen a green salad with bananas. I have seen lots of other fruits used, but never bananas! I wonder why not? This is very creative. Looking forward to more of your recipes!

  2. Thanks for reading, Jenn. Yes, I love how you can add cruch to a salad with dried bananas. When peaches aren't in season this salad works with other seasonal fruits like blueberries or strawberries. Or try sliced kiwi.

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