spring salad with snap peas and radishes

This recipe is borrowed from our friends Matt and Alexa. We went over to their place for dinner on Friday and loved this salad. Lucky for us, they are generous with the recipes and also belong to the same CSA so we already had the ingredients in our fridge. We liked it so much, we had it for lunch the next day.

Spring Salad with Snap Peas, Radishes and Mint
1 basket of snap peas, or about two handfuls, sliced
1 bunch radishes, sliced
1 T mint, sliced thinly
1/4 cup almonds, quickly browned in a saute pan and chopped

For the dressing
1 T lemon juice
2 T olive oil
salt and pepper

Slice the veggies and combine in a bowl. Roast the almonds in a dry saute pan over low heat until browned, 5 – 10 minutes. Slice the almonds and toss with the salad. Dress lightly with the lemon and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

All of these ingredients marry so well. Jordan and I may not have paired them (the credit all goes to Matt and Alexa on this one), but we sure will make it again if we get another week of snap peas – a short season on those little guys! The salad is perfect and so spring. I loved it (like almost anything spring-y right now)!



pasta with ricotta and heirloom tomatoes

This pasta dish was another of our quick, fresh, light dinners from the week. I wanted to celebrate the last of the tomatoes of the season!

Pasta with Ricotta and Heirloom Tomatoes
2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/2 c mixed herbs, chopped (I used parsley, basil and chives)
1 T olive oil
1 T lemon juice
salt, pepper, chili flakes to taste
12 oz dry pasta (I used conchiglie – cute snail shell shaped pastas)
1/2 – 3/4 c ricotta cheese
1/2 c finely grate parmesan cheese

Slice tomatoes and toss them with the chopped herbs, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain. Return pasta to the pot, add ricotta, parmesan, and pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Top with tomato and herb mixture and enjoy!

Conclusions: A direct quote from Jordan: “This is the best thing I’ve had since …  since I can remember. Except for Lobster Day”. And from me: “the easiest ‘mac and cheese’ you’ll ever make that doesn’t come from a box”.