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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Recipe - Quick Salad Rolls

I love summer. It's full of fresh produce. I'm loving living in Washington, too. We picked our own blueberries last week. They were huge and so sweet. Nothing beats eating fruit picked fresh and fully ripe. Vegetables are pretty good here, too. We've been enjoying our local farmer's market. So much food. So good.

This was what I threw together for my lunch today. It went great with my grilled Havarti cheese and roast beef tortilla. (Yep, I'm getting gourmet. If you haven't branched out beyond cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan, you're missing out. Havarti is a mild, creamy cheese that melts into oozy goodness.)

Don't let the name of this recipe fool you. There is no bread in it. I called it that because you roll up the lettuce leaf for forkless eating. Feel free to add in whatever ingredients you like in your salad. I kept it simple and plain this time.

A word about vinegars - Don't use regular old white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Both are much too strong for this. Try a good red wine vinegar or rice vinegar if you can't find champagne vinegar. They are milder in taste and have a sweetness that is really delicious with the tomato and feta.

Quick Salad Rolls

Butter lettuce leaves, or green curly leaf lettuce - don't tear them up, keep them big
Fresh tomatoes - sliced thin
Feta cheese crumbles
Champagne vinegar
Salt and pepper

Wash the lettuce leaves and shake off excess water. Lay out a large leaf. Place 2-4 tomato slices down the center. Add a teaspoon or so of feta crumbles. Sprinkle a dash of vinegar over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Roll up the lettuce like a burrito and enjoy!

Add whatever other vegetables you want to this. Some that came to mind are:
Carrots, shredded
Daikon (large white radish with a very mild flavor but lots of crispy crunch), slice thin
Green onion or sweet onion
Basil leaves
Sweet peppers, sliced into thin strips

The vinegar, salt, and pepper are to taste. If you like them stronger, add more.