It finally happened. After months of mind numbing cold, the sun finally came out. In fact, I was running errands outside the office this afternoon and I actually got hot! I rolled down the windows of my car and let the preSpring air whip my hair into a knotted mess. It was glorious.
And that's when it got me thinking... thinking about the upcoming Spring/Summer season and all the glorious produce we are going to have. For the new friends here, I live smack in the middle of the farmlands of Northern California. There are large and small farms all up and down the highways and just about everybody has a small vegetable garden or at least a tomato plant or two. You name it, we grow it: cherries, peaches, corn, strawberries, nectarines, avocados, greens, herbs, garlic, onions, beans, and so much more!
So I've been dreaming. Dreaming about all the sun-soaked fruits and veggies I'm going to eat so very, very soon. And that's where this recipe from Epicurious comes in.
This salad recipe contains so many of my favorite California flavors: creamy avocados (yum), crunchy romaine (yum x 2), delicate corn (yum!), smoky chipotle (yummy!!) and puckery lime (YUMMY!!!). I don't know why they named it Romaine, Grilled Avocado, and Smoky Corn Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing. What a mouthful of a name! They should have simply called it NorCal In A Bowl.
You may be thinking "grilled avocado?!" but try it! Avocados have so much natural fat, they grill quite well and that little bit of char adds an interesting layer of flavor. While you're at it, grill up some corn. Then mix together parmesean, garlic, oil, lime juice, chipotles in adobo and a pinch of salt & pepper to form the dressing. Toss that all together with some romaine and you will have one delicious salad that will make your taste buds oh so happy. (click here for the full recipe)
The only important thing on my checklist this weekend is to get outside and let the sun shine on my face. Sunscreen...I need to find my sunscreen!