Turns out, every year I fall in love with a new vegetable. In 2009, the unlikely addiction is the radish.
For the last few months, radishes are such a staple that like lettuce and milk, they need no mention on the grocery list. Texture-wise, I've fallen in love with their crunch, taste-wise with that slight bite of radish pepperiness, visually with those clean white interiors framed by clear red skins. All winter long, one salad after another, radishes add a special oomph.
Forgive me, but am I truly writing an ode to the radish? What crazy person creates room for radishes in her brain? Aren't they always an afterthought, never the star?
In this quick 'n' easy lunch salad, the radishes do take center stage, they're what turn a bean 'n' stuff salad into something just a tad touch different. For anyone willing to open their minds to the idea of falling in love with radishes, this is your recipe.
QUICK RADISH & WHITE BEAN SALAD
Time to table: 15 minutes
Makes about 5 cups
2 15-ounce cans of white beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound of radishes, trimmed and sliced thin
1 - 2 tomatoes (see NOTES), chopped
8 kalamata olives, pitted
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoon chopped parsley
Zest and juice of a lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all the salad ingredients.
Serving Suggetion: Serve over salad greens with homemade hummus on Wasa crackers.
The inspiring recipe called for 3 tablespoons of olive oil. I did a taste test before adding: none needed!
Call me surprised. I bought a few Roma tomatoes last week, needing them for garnish. After a day of ripening on the counter, they were really quite good! Not summer tomatoes, not by a long shot, but still, for the cusp of winter and spring, a definite pleasure. How many more days until the first tomatoes ripen? I can get by, for now, with a Roma or two.
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