A bag of green beans and a basket of radishes were a few of my farmers market finds last night, I also ran into one of my daughter’s friends with her two young children in tow. There is something irresistible about a sweet little girl who wants to hold your hand and shop for fruit with you at the farmers market. After tasting peaches, plums and apricots, she insisted on having her mother buy 2 apricots for me before running off to play in the bouncy house. While the kids were bouncing under the watchful eye of their mom, I found more goodies at the market. After a quick tasting at Achadinha Farmstead Cheese Company, a local cheese out of Petaluma, I came away with a small container of Lonely Goat Garlic, I say small because it’s not really enough for more than one person(ha ha). I also picked up a piece of goat feta that I saved for my green bean and radish salad which turned out to be a good save because it tasted great mixed into the crunchy salad. This salad recipe is a remake from an old post that didn’t make the cut for the new site, mainly because the photo was out of focus when I tried to resize it. I had to draw the line somewhere. Originally I used fresh basil and Parmesan cheese which would be fine to sub in for the fresh tarragon and goat feta for a different take on this salad.
- 1 lb green beans, trimmed, blanched and cut into 1" pieces
- 1 lemon cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and cut into slices
- 6 radishes, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
- 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly chopped
- 14 cup sliced red onion
- 1 small sweet Italian pepper, sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
- 3 ounces goat feta, cut in small cubes or crumbled
- for the dressing
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Place all the ingredients, except for the dressing, in a large bowl. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and drizzle over the salad, mixing together with a light hand right before serving.
my sweet little friend by the heirloom tomatoes