I’m dropping by tonight to share two easy summer salads. The first is a steak salad made a couple of weeks ago when Chris and I decided to picnic near a construction area that is soon to become the new Rocky Run Park. I can’t wait. This place is going to have everything: a soccer field, picnic tables, “interactive” sculpture for skateboarders (okay, maybe I am not thrilled about that), and more.
Anyway, we brought along some basic sangria, really just sparking white wine, summer fruit, a cinnamon stick, mint leaves, and grapefruit juice (idea courtesy of the beautiful book Home Made Summer). The steak salad was focused around the Pioneer Woman’s simple and delicious steak bites recipe combined with arugula and spinach leaves, sunflower seeds, sliced peaches, feta cheese, dried raspberries, and champagne vinaigrette dressing.
This picnic looks a lot more idyllic than it actually was at first. There were many mosquitos, a few loud (but delighted!) children, and as I mentioned before, a view of the construction site. We spilled some sangria and I worried about ants in my purse. I am so not rustic!
Soon, the sun began to set and the children went home–along with the mosquitos. I saw fireflies for the first time in forever! Peace and gratitude began to set in, and I remembered why picnics can be lovely.
I made another wonderful salad tonight for dinner: a Scallop BLT Salad. Chris and I just got back from a week spent first at the Outer Banks and then at Lake James in North Carolina. I was excited to make a meal just for the two of us, and wanted it to be full of the season. My original plan was crabcakes, but Whole Foods was out of crab meat… however, bay scallops were on sale! A favorite of my husband’s. I found the recipe through a quick Google, and it turned out very well. I substituted an arugula/wild greens/spinach salad mix, added in chopped red peppers, and served it with toast instead of a baguette.
We decided it was a great occasion to break open a much-anticipated bottle of South African white wine: a 2012 Beaumont Chenin Blanc (courtesy of Screwtop Wine Club). This wine transports me back to an airport layover five summers ago when I was studying abroad in Spain and visiting London. I was all alone and felt very adult ordering a glass of wine while I patiently awaited my plane. I didn’t record the exact wine I drank, but it was a South African white with green apple notes in the description. When I tasted this wine at Screwtop a few weeks ago, I remembered that special moment and was so excited to have stumbled upon a similar wine!
In conclusion, what could be better than a fresh summer salad, a light and lovely beverage, and great company? I highly encourage this combination!