Over the weekend, I picked up this amazing Goat Feta at the Little Italy Mercato here in San Diego. Can’t wait to get my hands on more this Saturday! I’ve been eating it mostly in salads like this Asparagus and Goat Feta Summer Salad I threw together last night.
I’m a big time salad eater. I know many people think of a salad as totally unsatisfying, but I find the trick is not to use so much lettuce. No, really. Most people (and restaurants) just pile on the lettuce with only a handful of toppings. I find that to be a ridiculous ratio. Generally, I use a cup or two of chopped greens, and then I pile on the good stuff. If all you can taste is lettuce, then what fun is that!?
Also, I find by adding the right amount of healthy, tasty toppings to your greens your need for dressing seriously comes into question. Lately, I’ve just added a drizzle of olive oil to my salads. That’s all it needs!
Asparagus & Goat Feta Summer Salad with Bruschetta
For the salad:
4 romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
5 or 6 basil leaves, chopped
10 stalks of asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces
2-3 small cherry heirloom tomatoes, halved/quartered
1 oz. goat feta (or any good quality feta from your local market)
1 tsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. good quality olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
For the bruschetta:
1 oz. french baguette, cut into 4 slices
1 tsp. olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
1. Turn broiler on. Place bread slices on a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Go ahead and plate your lettuce, basil, tomatoes and feta.
2. Over medium-high heat, warm olive oil in saute pan. Once hot, add your asparagus. Allow to cook for a few minutes, until tender and slightly blackened. Place bread in oven while asparagus is cooking. KEEP AN EYE ON THE BREAD. You don’t want it to burn.
3. Once asparagus is tender, remove pan from heat. Allow to cool slightly while you remove bruschetta from oven.
4. Gently, add cooked asparagus to your salad. Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil. Place your bruschetta alongside your summer salad and enjoy!