My first French Breakfast Radish harvest this past week was very inspiring. Seeing their little red shoulders finally pushing out of the ground after checking on them each week and finding several good size ones for harvest made my day. Taking my favorite red bowl out of the cupboard and turning my radishes into a crunchy salad with bacon and walnuts lightly bathed in a creamy vinaigrette was a done deal. The radish greens were tender and I knew they had to be included in my salad. Earlier in the season I even enjoyed the radish sprouts that I thinned from this crop on a beet salad with goat cheese. I cashed in on this crop of radishes big time and there is even one more thing I would like to create- my first blogger’s award. As you can see from my blog’s sidebar I follow many food blogs and have several favorites that often inspire me. So, I decided to create an award recognizing inspiration that I would like to pass on to the people who inspire me. This award will be given away on my blog when the inspiration I feel from reading a post is off the charts for me, kind of like one of those applause meters when it shoots over to the noisy side during a competition like ‘Queen For A day’, boy am I dating myself, can’t believe I came up with that one for an example!
For the Salad
1 cup sliced French Breakfast radishes from one bunch of radishes
1 cup lightly chopped walnuts
4 strips apple wood smoked bacon, cooked and cut into thick slices
1 cup tender radish greens, torn into bite site pieces
For the Creamy Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon crème fraiche
2 tablespoons toasted walnut oil
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon raw honey
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place the radishes, walnuts, bacon and radish greens into a medium size bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the crème fraiche, walnut oil, sherry vinegar, honey, sea salt and pepper. Spoon the dressing over the radish mixture and gently stir to coat.
Makes 2 servings
My first Award For Inspiration goes to Desserts By Candy for her Nutella Tartine post for French Fridays with Dorie, Allure of Homemade. Congratulations to Candy and please go check out her post!