Monday, August 25, 2014

Tricolor Summer Salad and The Yachats River Valley Farm Tour


Sunday was the annual farm tour along the Yachats River Road. The tour showcases about six farms that raise everything from llamas to edible flowers. The people who live on the farms were friendly and we had the opportunity to purchase some of the locally grown products. The picture above is of the farm house located at the end of the road near the river that had it's own fishing pond. What a magical place!


Here is a picture of the Belted Galloway, which is a heritage beef breed of cattle. We call these cows the oreo cows because of their coloring and striping. This is really the way all animals should be raised.


The size of some of the vegetables and flowers were amazing to me. There is such a difference in temperature just a mile or so inland.


The recipe today features radicchio from my garden and corn from the corn stand. I first saw this recipe a few days ago on the Martha Stewart website and could not wait to make it. The dressing is made from red wine vinegar, Parmesan cheese, honey and olive oil. What a great accompaniment to this dish.

Ingredients:

Main salad:

1 head radicchio (cut in half, cored and cut into pieces
2 corn on the cobs (kernels cut off)
1 cucumber (peeled, cut in half and then in half again

Dressing:

1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare:

Add salad ingredient together in a medium sized bowl, combine salad dressing ingredients together, whisk. Enjoy!







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Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

63 comments:

  1. I really love this salad Cheri. I am going to make it. Radicchio is one of my favorites and I can't wait to try it with your dressing. The farm tour sounds like a blast!

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    1. Thanks Seana, radicchio is one of my favorites too and I really like this combination, having it again today for lunch.

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  2. Love the edible flowers. What a great salad dressing for any salad :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, yes they are really pretty aren't they.

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  3. I bought 100 radicchio seeds two years ago, but completely forgot about it..next year, I am going to grow some too. The salad looks fantastic, Cheri.

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    1. Hi Angie, radicchio was surprisingly easy to grow, but I purchased mine from the farm stand already started. Happy planting with yours!

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  4. What beautiful photos - wish I was there!

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  5. What a perfect salad, Cheri! Fresh, simple flavours that are enhanced by combining them - absolutely love it!
    The farm tour sounds so fun. I never thought I'd say a cow looked beautiful but those do, lol. I agree - I wish all our animals were raised free-range.
    Have a great day :)

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    1. Hi Robyn, I know I wish all animals were raised cage-free too! The farm tour was fun, makes me up and want to have my own, but everything would turn out to be a pet and I would be rescuing everything in site.

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  6. what a neat tour. i call those cattle 'bumblebee cows'. :) my neighbor has a few of them.

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  7. i thought i'd mention it in case you weren't aware...did you know you have word verification on your blog? i've meant to say something before now, but kept forgetting until i hit 'publish' on my comments and had to enter the numbers.

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    1. I have it set for words, will check into that, appreciate it!

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  8. Farm tours are magical, it makes we want to chuck it all and move to the country!

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    1. Hi Sue, me too! the gardening part, everything else would be pets!

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  9. That dressing does sound wonderful. And the salad looks beautiful. Lovely little farm house and gorgeous flowers - what a nice tour.

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    1. Hi Tricia, it was a fun tour, really lovely people!

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  10. Fresh summer veggies are the best! l'm loving this dressing, yummo!

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    1. Thanks Kari, there is nothing like fresh summer veggies!

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  11. What a darling home in that first photo..
    I love the way you put fresh produce to it's best use Cheri..

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    1. Thanks Monique, I know after seeing that little farm house I wanted to buy a farm.

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  12. Wow, those pictures are making me want to be outdoors! This salad sounds so light and refreshing!

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  13. Such a lovely place and how fun it sounds to take a farm tour!

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    1. Hi Judit + Corina, it was great fun, thanks!

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  14. That's a beautiful head of radicchio from your garden! I have tried radicchio for a long time and wasn't a fan of the bitter taste but I should give it another try in this salad - it sounds delicious. Love the 'Oreo' cows :)

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    1. Hi Susan, I have had radicchio before too, did not care for so much, but from the garden enjoyed young is fabulous!

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  15. What a wonderful farm tour, sounds like a blast! Love how pretty and light this salad looks! Love the radicchio and corn in here!

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    1. Hi Kelly, sounds kind of weird, but together it is a great combination!!

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  16. Wow, that is one large radicchio. I bet the tour was a lot of fun.

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    1. Hi Marlene, it was great, we met a lot of really nice people and saw animals that were being raised the right way.

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  17. Great farm tour, thanks for sharing.
    A simple yet tasty salad, will be making when my radicchio are ready.

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  18. sounds like a really interesting salad - and I love the oreo cows - is that where they get the milk to drink with the cookies :-)

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    1. Hi Johanna, Yes!! they really are something!!

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  19. Your salad looks so good and thanks for sharing those pretty photos of the farm tour!

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  20. Lovely post, Cheri. Your salad looks so healthy and full of flavor. We just can't get enough fresh corn. I would love to get over to the coast where the weather is cooler. Getting tired of these 90 degree days.

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    1. Hi Cathy, even the coast has been very warm this year, it's been an odd one. But the corn has been wonderful!

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  21. Such a simple dressing, but most times those are the best. Definitely a great salad!

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  22. Cheri, that salad looks refreshing!!! Re: Belted Galloway cattle, have you found this beef product on the market in your area? Have you ever thought of buying 1/4 or 1/2 side of beef? I remember these animals! Continue the recipes and stories....

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    1. Hi Sandra, no we have not, maybe a the farm stand though, have not checked. Yep, those are the same ones.

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  23. Oh that's a lovely place!! And the salad looks amazing too!

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  24. I love radicchio and what a gorgeous place, I'm jealous... :)

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    1. Hi Mike, this was my first year growing it with success, will give it a go next year as well.

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  25. That sounds like a fun tour! And this sounds like a fun dish -- I like radicchio, a lot, but usually use it only in salads. This is terrific -- thanks.

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    1. Hi John, it is a great tour, they even serve mint julipes at one of the farms!

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  26. What beautiful salad and love these pics!!

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  27. Looks and sounds wonderful! Aren't we all going to miss the bounty of summer. I wish I had my own garden but I can at least take advantage of the farmer's market right now. : )

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    1. Hi Monica, the farmers markets are the best right now.

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  28. This salad looks so enticing, colourful and delicious :D
    And fantastic farm tour, I haven't read about many so it is awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru, appreciate the comment, it was a fun tour.

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  29. What a delightful looking salad. That radicchio out of your garden looks amazing. For some reason they don't seem to grow particularly well here, and so are very expensive to buy when you can find them.

    Lovely to see those cows roaming in the paddock. And you're right it is the way all animals should be raised. We are very lucky that here in New Zealand we don't have CAFOs, so all cattle are raised pretty much just like that.

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    1. Hi Sue, that is wonderful that New Zealand is that way, it's so sad that so many corporate animals are raised so cruelly here in the U.S.

      This was my first year growing radicchio and I did pretty well, but this summer was alot warmer than usual. Will try again next year. Thanks!

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  30. The salad is wonderful and what a great idea having a farm tour, must have been so nice to see the farms and get to bring home some of what they raise.

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    1. Hi Suzanne, it was and everyone is so friendly at these farms too, it's great!

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  31. I bet the honey is the perfect counterpart to the radicchio! Love this!

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  32. What a wonderful way to spend a day, Cheri! I love the look of this dressing. It would be good on so many things!

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