Winter is here. Time to snub the watery cucumbers in thick waxy skins and pale tomatoes that look like the ghosts of summer past.
What are some good seasonal things to top a green salad with?
Some salads I've made are along the obvious lines
- chopped persimmons, pomegranate seeds, pecans
- apples or pears with walnuts and some sort of cheese like cheddar, parmesan or smoked
- oranges, beets, blue cheese
- black beans, canned corn .. I'm not a snob about using canned items
Some interesting ideas from Chow
Chicory and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Chicory, Tangerine, and Pomegranate Salad
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
I like the idea of that last salad alot with squash, pumpkin seeds, spinach and ricotta salata.
I'd like to maybe branch out a bit with mushrooms ... can I?
While I use exotic mushrooms in cooked dishes, with salads I stick pretty much to white and brown. What other mushrooms can be good?
What about using dried fruits in a salads? Any ideas there?