Surf and Turf Paleo Style
Last night’s dinner was decidedly paleo. You might notice a salad trend at dinner lately. This is partially because it is summer, partially because it is so heatherly, and largely because my new found ability to eat raw plant matter thanks to eliminating grain and legumes entirely from my diet has me eating raw fruits and veggies every chance I get.
Last night I made a salad of butter lettuce, quick pickled red onions, canned Italian tuna, and capers, tossed in a dressing of olive oil and champagne vinegar. To beef up the meal I roasted butternut squash with olive oil, fresh torn sage and S+P.
I tried to recreate the salad Kristen and I shared for lunch at Reddwood in Yountville for my birthday for dinner. Kristen’s idea of replacing olives with capers in an earlier post was a good one. I recommend it. Here is how I assembled this very pleasing salad:
Place a single layer of bresaola (it should be lonza but this is what i had on hand and it worked nicely) on a plate. Top with dressed arugula (dressing was shallot/balsamic/olive oil/S&P). Pretty the arugula with bite size pieces of nectarines, peaches, cherries and buratta. Sprinkle with capers. Drizzle with more balsamic. Crack a little pepper and viola – Birthday Salad is ready to go.
I served this salad with a simple roast chicken and it was devoured by my sister, Sam and me. It meets the heatherly diet – which is paleo modified to include dairy and wine. Skip the buratta and its totally paleo, but not nearly as luscious.
As Predicted Chicken Soup (and Salad)
Bland Chicken Soup because there really was nothing in the larder: Stock made from this week’s chicken. Onion, garlic, celery, kale, quinoa, oregano. Really wanted carrots, zucchini, tomato and ceci beans. The salad was delicious though. Little gems, tuna canned in olive oil, jalapenos, red peppers, dressing made from mayo, lemon juice and hot sauce.
Everything goes in the 450 degree oven. Why turn on the oven in June? Seriously, I don’t know. Not the best idea, but I did it.
Baked king salmon-simply roasted with lemon, salt and pepper.
New Potatoes roasted with garlic-roasted for a long time in cast iron with olive oil salt and pepper. Nice crunchy bits.
Baby zucchini roasted with lemon and olive oil-I accidentally put a bag of TJ’s baby zucchinis in the freezer, so I pulled them out and popped them in the oven with sliced bits of lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. They totally dehydrated and were determined inedible by all 4 of us. Yes, even Sam would not eat them. DO NOT FREEZE ZUCCHINI. You’ve been warned.