green salad with blueberries, kiwi & goat cheese
For at least the next several weeks we have a three-part kitchen. The refrigerator is still where it belongs, but next week will be heading to the garage. Our prep space is on a long craft table set up in the dining room in front of the window – where until recently I took photos to share with you. We have the bare necessities there – the sorts of things you’d likely find at a campsite – well, okay, maybe an RV park, minus the generator. The clean up space (and the nearest water) is in our laundry room, about 100 yards (or more) away from everything. That’s also where we keep our espresso machine, because how could we consider going camping without it?
Between the clean-up space and the prep space are some stairs. On this side of the stairs are our dogs. On the other side of the stairs, a demolition crew going in and out the front door. Separating the two, at the base of the stairs, is a dog gate that I climb over with arms full of food, cutting board, salad bowl, etc etc etc. If you had a few minutes and you’re into pratfalls, you’d get a kick out of it. I’m bringing armloads of stuff to my office to prepare a salad and then to photograph it. So as you can imagine, there are a lot of “steps” involved in preparing something around here, especially something to share with people of such enormously good taste as yourselves. A lot of “foot-steps” that is. Apart from that, we’re keepin’ it simple around these parts. Here it is another Wegetable Vednesday and the show must go on!
This morning I headed to another one of Portland’s Farmers’ Markets, and this time I brought big girl camera and cash. This market too is on Portland’s park blocks, but smaller, cozier than last week’s. And, sadly, no fiddles. But there were glorious flowers and loads of beautiful vegetables and herbs to choose from.
I’m kind of a freak for salads, so I head to the greens first. But I’m apprehended by the perfume of fresh bouquets of mint and tender pillowy leaves of basil. And the greens, half of them were shades of purple! How could I resist? Another vender was selling goat cheese. Into the basket. (See those orange beets in the photo above? Those made it home too, but didn’t make it to the salad.) What did make it into the salad: the greens & the purples, the goat cheese, mint and basil, some plump bursty blueberries – and kiwi just ripe, back at our campsite. They got tossed into a bowl, drizzled with olive oil and (blueberry infused) balsamic. But never mind if yours isn’t blueberry flavored, any balsamic you love will do! A little salt and pepper, glorious! Took a few photos then feasted simple!
(No amounts will be specified – just wing it! Have fun! We’re camping!)
Tossed Greens with Blueberries, Kiwi & Goat Cheese
Fresh & beautiful greens (& purples if you like)
basil, cut in thin slivers (chiffonade)
mint, torn or sliced thinly
olive oil & balsamic vinegar (in proportions of about 2 or 3 : 1 depending on how you like yours)
salt & pepper to taste
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A note from my mother explaining my absence:
Spree has been packing. She’s nearly done and will be returning soon. Things won’t look quite the same for a while as most of her stuff is buried in boxes. She asked me to apologize to her bloggy friends too because she hasn’t kept up on her reading. She asked that I say please don’t take it personally, and that she misses you all, and that she’ll invite you to dinner as soon as her kitchen is finished.
Thank you sincerely,
Your photos are glorious Spree and so is your delicious and inspiring salad! I can only imagine the craziness of this reno – best of luck with it all and enjoy the process! xo!
Thank you Shira! The morning clouds hadn’t burned off yet so all the colors were so Saturated & Yummy! And the reno – well, it “complicates” things for sure, but I’m having a great time with it actually! (check back in 6 weeks. 🙂 ) Honestly, I love something that challenges me to think differently, to stretch, to be innovative, so so far so good! 🙂 xo!
Such a beautiful post, Spree! This was the kind of trip I had envisioned by myself last Sunday when MY farmers market opened for the season. Unfortunately, it rained and my leisurely stroll was a 2 minute dash to one stall. I did manage, though, to get ramps, asparagus, and a rosemary bush.
Your salad sounds so fresh and flavorful and a simple dressing is all that’s needed. Oddly enough, I seem to have plenty of feta in my fridge. I wonder if I could substitute it for the goat cheese … 🙂
Oh so sad about the rain John! You all have had some miserable-ish weather lately haven’t you?! This salad was so fresh and delicious and YOUR feta would be outstanding in it! 🙂
This is really fun following your adventure! Love your detailed description because I got a visual of the process and it made me chuckle :):). Might this be the farmer’s market by the Portland art museum? Beautiful salad that my mom & I may make tonight.
Yes, Deb! It IS the one by the Art Museum! (You and I must go together one day!) Happy eats! I miss you friend! 🙂
Look at those flowers wrapped in paper. Oh, sorry — your salad is pretty, too.
There may have been more flowers than fruits and vegetables – we shoppers were ringed by them. How lovely a fragrant hug!
I love the colors of those bouquets, followed by the colors of the veggies. The salad sounds so simple and yummy — I felt strangely comforted by the fact that you didn’t use exact amounts. As you said, this is camping after all!
Camping skills a bit rusty Ashley, but they’re coming back. By the end of the week, s’mores!
I completely agree with Shira, your photos are glorious! And the salad is just as wonderful. How refreshing and perfect for spring and summer! Delicious Wishes and best of luck with the remodel. 🙂
Thank you so much, Karista! Some delicious wishes could only help!! 🙂
I enjoy all of your pictures and descriptions. However, I really love your Sri Lankin Fish Stew. It has become a fave at my house!
Fifi’s friend, Nisi
Nisi, so nice of you to comment! It’s always great to hear feedback on recipes I’ve posted. I’m happy to know you like it – we do too!!
Good luck with the remainder of the kitchen refurbishment. Salad looks great as does the market.
Thanks Roger.Pretty excited, but having to “cool my jets” as completion’s quite a ways off yet.
Beautiful shots and I am impressed you are still managing to post amidst all the confusion of the refurb and everything that is going on in your life! Loved the note from your mum too 🙂
Well I haven’t posted MUCH lately, as you’ve noticed, and this latest really was a comedy of errors! 🙂 But thank you Tanya – it sure did feel wonderful to be in that market wandering!
Great looking salad – I’ve never seen kiwi in a salad before. When we did our kitchen at the end of last year we literally gutted it, so we only had a microwave to cook with… No much blogging got done.
With good fresh ingredients like these, making a scrumptious salad was kids play! I remember your remodel, being without counters and the whole lot. I guess the one advantage to that is that you resign yourself to its being a non-cooking era, whereas I’m still trying to buck the system. But I seem to recall you still managed to get out some lovely posts, Nick – well of course you did, it’s what you do! 🙂
Great photos. Everything looks fantastic!
Everything at the market looks tempting and wonderful. The salad , scrumptious.
We have a friend from the Philippines who puts avocado in fruit salads. Have you ever seen that?
Hi there Ronnie! No, have never put avocado in my fruit salads, but with certain combinations, I can see it working. Many times I’ll put fruit in my green salads though. 🙂 (And this combination was so very yummy!)
Such beautiful photos, and those beets look wonderful. Good luck with your renovations. I’ve recently gone through the chaos myself (unfortunately, I was renovating to prepare my house for sale, so I didn’t get the benefit of all the disruption, other than my house sold on day one). Anyway, once it’s done you’ll be so glad and you’ll have some really great and funny stories to tell (even if they don’t seem so funny right now). And by the way, if that salad is ‘camping out’ food, I’m going to pitch a tent!
Oh thank you Mar! My husband and I considered exactly what you’re saying – and opted to remodel well in advance of selling so we could enjoy it ourselves before turning it over to another. A little bitter sweet for you – and yet how great that for you it meant a quick sale!! That’s worth a WHOLE LOT (as you well know!) 🙂 I’m looking forward to the stories to be told one day – I’m sure some will have us in stitches. Thanks for your sweet comments!
In can sympathize with you. When we redid our kitchen in Florida, my stove was my gas grill on our back porch and dishes were washed in a pedestal sink and drained in the shower of our pool bathroom. Love the photo of your salad.
I love camping, spree!! If I get to choose.. I want to go camping with you!! I think all we ate was hotdogs on a stick and marshmallows! I love this salad.. you’re amazing, spree, you can just whip this up with your house in chaos around you!! And.. I’m jealous of your farmer’s market, but you already know that;) xoxox Smidge
Well then Ms Smidge! You and I really ought to go camping! (But only if you can bare to part with the weenies!) xoxo!
Renovations! How exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Also, how is it that you aren’t photographing cookbooks and magazines full time? HOW? Then you would be out of the house – on location – during home renovations. See? Win win. Let’s get on that…
How??? I really wish I knew. Maybe it’s because I’ve never asked. So how about this? I KNOW there is a cookbook to come from Ms Movita. When the day arrives and IF she thinks she’d like someone else to play a part photographically, will she allow spree an audition??? Just to audition for the part would make spree all giddy like! xo
Consider yourself hired!
I’m making this this weekend at Luke’s birthday party for the “da-dults” as Luke calls us, big people. Can’t wait!!
Loved this one…so nice and lighthearted. I felt like I went to market with you deary and yummy salad at the end. Yay, about your new kitchen, soon to be…
Thanks Kelly! Hope you’ll come along to the market next week too! Something good is bound to come of it! 🙂 (And yes, YAY for the kitchen that’s only a week or so from us now!)
Glorious images and the food is so appealing. Kitchen and salad drawer here I come
Oh thank you! (And this is one of my favorite summer salads! Hope you like.)