Was it just me, or was yesterday the longest day in the history of mankind. Mondays normally suck, but yesterday took the cake. I get a lot of my cleaning done on Mondays. I don’t know why I do this. I feel like I should find a project that will be uplifting to get me through the week, but I feel like after the weekend has passed a good clean is in order. I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this with you guys, but I am a clean FREAK. I blame my mother. She was always slightly crazy when it came to keeping things clean, and by crazy, I mean a completely wonderful kind of crazy. There’s just something about a nice clean house that makes me very, very happy…after it’s finished that is. So yup, that’s how I spent my Monday, and it was absolutely thrilling. Not. In celebration that Monday is FINALLY over, I decided to share this fresh herb and radish salad. The radishes were a glorious, glorious farmer’s market find this weekend, and I knew I had to do something with them to make them shine.
I don’t cook with radishes very often, but lately I’ve started putting them in just about everything. I made this salad a couple weeks ago on a whim for a beer tasting, and it turned out fantastic. It was a real winner, so I decided to recreate it and blog about it! Fun, right? Well, not so much. In the blogger world (well at least in my world), photo quality is just as important as recipe quality. Seriously, have you looked at my old posts! Gasp! It’s a disaster, but like any blogger, your photo quality increases with time, patience, and practice. As for this salad, I absolutely HATE the photos. I just could not get a good shot. Some of them are too bright. Some of them are too dull. In a bowl. On a toast. I would not like it here or there. I would not like it anywhere!
Ok … I’m done. Ugh. Anyway, point is, I couldn’t figure out a way to make the salad shine, so here we are, and I’m posting this recipe because I love it so much and thought it would be a CRIME to not post it.
I’m done rambling now. I know. It’s bothersome.
As far as taste is concerned, this herb and radish salad is DE-LIC-IOUS. You would think that with so many herby flavors going on, that it would get overpowering. Really though, it absolutely does not. You can taste each and every herb and that slight spiciness from the radish; well I think you can visualize. The dressing is one of my favorite parts of the recipe and the parm adds a much needed salt factor.
There are so many ways to serve this salad. When we were hosting our beer tasting, I served it in a small bowl along side crostini, prosciutto, smoked salmon and an abundance of delicious cheeses. It’s the perfect salad to add to your cheese board.
I also find that it is delicious on grilled chicken or salmon (hey, or even a flank steak!). It acts much like a chimichurri, without actually being a chimichurri. It lightens up a dish quickly, which makes it perfect for summertime.
Hey, guess what guys! I hit 2000 likes on Facebook yesterday! I get so excited about the smallest things, but I thought this was super exciting since Facebook isn’t the easiest social media platform to get your numbers up. So yay! Many great things happened yesterday, which I will share with you all soon enough. It was a good day…despite the cleaning part of course.
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I hope everyone is having a great week!
Beer: Elysian Brewing’s Men’s Room Red
Brewed By: Elysian Brewing
Style: Red Ale
Description: I struggled to find a beer pairing for this salad. This doesn’t happen very often. I knew I needed something that was subdued, but still had an abundance amount of flavor. I didn’t want to pair it with a saison because let’s be honest, I’ve been on kind of a crazy saison kick here lately. I thought Men’s Room was perfect for the job. I personally love this beer. It does have some lighter notes, but it has a kick of maltiness and a kick of hoppiness that I crave with a red ale. I do get some caramel notes, but it’s not an insane amount. This red ale can stand up against the bold flavors of this salad without taking away from it. There is also a Men’s Room Original Black that is just divine. I suggest buying one of each bottle and have yourself a little tasting party. :)
- 2 cups radishes scrubbed clean and sliced thin (greens discarded or saved for a later use)
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram chopped
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 garlic clove finely minced
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- crostini for serving
- In a medium bowl, toss together the radishes, basil, dill, mint, thyme, oregano, marjoram, parmesan cheese and a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the white balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, mustard and a dash of salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the ingredients are combined. Season to taste.
- Pour your desired amount of dressing over top of the vegetables and toss to combine.
- This herb salad is best served on top of crostini with a slice of prosciutto or smoked salmon. It is also delicious on grilled chicken or salmon. Enjoy!