Friday, February 19, 2016

A LOVE OF SALADS


Everyone enjoys a good salad! Well, possibly with the exception of a good friend in Jackson, Mississippi, who will remain unnamed. A few years ago we found a little cafe in the LaBeaume, next to the Ardeche River, and had an amazing salad. I love how the chef put together all the tasty & colorful combinations.


 Positano is probably my favorite place on earth (At least in the top 5 for sure!) and Fornillo Beach is wonderful and less crowded than the main beach. At the little beachside cafe, Da Ferdinando, I had their version of the famous Caprese salad. You can tell it was fabulous! Fresh mozzarella, great local tomatoes, basil, carrots, ...and an olive oil drizzle. No vinegar! The bruschetta was the perfect complement!


The salad at Chianti Ristorante in Greenwood Village, Colorado, was amazing in every way and a bit of a surprise!  I love how they wrapped the thin slices of cucumber around the lettuce and drizzled the balsamic reduction at the base! The restaurant is a unpretensious gem and their Saltimbocca alla Romana is the best I have tasted anywhere in the world!!!



Marla is a wonderful chef, but she has me make the salad. This one is very simple with heirloom tomatoes, salami, deviled egg, and a few thin slices of Pecarino Toscano on top.



I tried something a little different with assorted lettuces, tomatoes, sliced Belgian Endive, avocado, walnuts, and a few pomegranate seeds. There is a lot going on but we enjoyed it!




The 6th arrondissement is my village and I love Le Comptoir des Saints-Peres on the rue des Saints-Peres for lunch outside. The restaurant was once named "Michaud" and was frequented by Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and James Joyce. They make killer salads!



These are two of their creations and, yes, they were fantastic! There is something incredible about having lunch outside a cafe and watching the parade of Paris life go by! 

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