From the Pinterest Files: Roman Summer Salad

I can’t promise that From the Pinterest Files will become a weekly feature, but I do plan to cook from my Pinterest board more often, so who knows? Whenever I do, though, I promise to let you know what I think, good or bad.

This Roman Summer Salad by Giada De Laurentiis is perfect for me, and you too, if big, bold flavors are your thing. It’s basically a salad version of pasta puttanesca, with tomatoes, olives, capers and garlic swimming around with olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar. To make it a touch more salad-y, I added chopped spinach and red komatsuna, both from Bialas Farms. Granted, it’s nowhere near tomato season here yet, but this recipe really made its presence known, and I just couldn’t wait a month to give it a try. And now that you know about it, you’ll be ready when tomato season comes your way, if it hasn’t already!

Roman Salad | Minimally Invasive


From the Pinterest Files: Bun Cha

With gorgeous weather expected in the area this weekend (and not at ALL next week), I’ll be grilling as much as possible while I can. If that’s your plan, too, I have a great recipe for you. Instead of slapping another steak or some burgers on the grill, how about trying bun cha (Vietnamese pork meatball and noodle salad) for a light and refreshing, but still fire-kissed, meal?

I pinned the recipe from Saveur a while back, but promptly lost it in the morass of my Pinterest recipe board, which admittedly could use some culling. (Do you have the same problem?) But it popped up again when I did a quick search of my board a couple of weeks ago for something Vietnamese. Hey, I had a craving. Because a well-stocked pantry always helps, I had everything but the main ingredient on hand. Picking up a package of ground pork from Snoep Winkel Farm took all of two minutes, then I was back in the kitchen prepping the meal, which took almost no time at all apart from marinating the meat.

And the meat, oh, the meat! As soon as the meatballs hit the grill, I was blasted with a smell that turned me into a slobber machine on a par with Otis when we promise treaties; it couldn’t have been more embarrassingly textbook Pavlovian, really.

So if you’re still gathering meal ideas for this weekend, give this one a try. I couldn’t ask for a better summer (finally, summer!) meal and think you might just feel the same.