Flower Showers, Spring Serenade, Gourmet Greens and Tangerines

>> Monday, May 9, 2011



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The spring sun has been playing hide and seek with us. Panchito's morning walks have been mostly cloudy with cool breezes. Not exactly the kind of weather that makes me want to get out of bed let alone go for a walk. It is May right? What's going on? Panchito leads the way on his morning walks. Sometimes he keeps us (him and I) on the same paths, other times he feels like exploring. Those walks on the same paths sometimes make me forget that I get to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The architecture, the trees, smells and sights begin to go unnoticed and taken for granted.

This morning the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, flowers in bloom and the wind was gentle. God it feels good to be warmed by the rays of sunshine! Deep breath, ah how I love the smell of spring. I think Panchito also loves the smell and warmth of spring. He sniffs the unfrozen ground and all of it's surroundings like it's all new territory. Pausing to wait for him while he sniffs around a gentle breeze blows over us. Suddenly we are showered with small white flower petals. When did the tree fully blossom? It was a sight to behold, it felt like being in a snow globe or rather a flower globe. Even Panchito took notice, he stopped sniffing the ground to point his nose up in the air and sniff. I love when he does that! I aimed my gaze upwards to watch the flowers showering over us, I catch the sun's rays peaking through the tree branches. Softly in the distance I hear a flute.

I close my eyes to better hear the flute notes. It's a sweet serenade with melancholy notes, yet make one feel euphoric. Music, sunshine, and flowers can evoke such grand emotions in humans. I peer around the tree to see it is once again the young blind musician who often plays his flute for passersby. Though music on the streets of Prague is not an uncommon sound it is one that always makes me stop and take notice.
Prague Street Musician; Saxophone player; musician
Panchito decides that he has sniffed enough of that patch and starts leading us away. As we make our way back home those melancholy flute notes serenade us and begin to grow ever more distant. For a while it felt like all the morning's beauty belong to just Panchito and I. I love mornings like this, a great way to start off my day. The only thing that would have completed the experience would have been if hubby had been with us, next time.

On sunshine warmed days I like to eat light vibrant foods. This salad was inspired by the morning's events and it was a perfect way to end the day with a plate of vibrant fresh veggies and fruits. Enjoy!

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Gourmet Greens and Tangerines Salad
Wild Arugula
Baby Spinach
M√Ęche Greens
Tangerines
cherry tomatoes

vinaigrette dressing

1. Rinse the greens and set aside to drain off extra water. Rinse and halve the cherry tomatoes, set aside. Use a sharp knife to cut away the peel and white pith. First slice off top and bottom of the tangerine, then slice down the sides. Next cut into wedges.

2. Toss the greens and arrange the cherry tomato halves and tangerine wedges as desired. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing.

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Checkout these other great salads :

- An Organic Gardener's Salad with a Citrus Dressing , The Ardent Epicure
- Fresh Spring Bulgur Salad, Tamara Novacovic via Honest Cooking
- Sweet Onion Salad with Orange Vinaigrette , Natalie McLaury via Honest Cooking
- Carrot and Avocado Salad , Jenn Cuisine

What is your idea of a perfect salad?


38 comments:

Pegasuslegend May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM  

You make even the simpliest dishes look like a complete banquet~! this is gorgeous in color and I am want this for lunch! Just beautiful!

Sandra May 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

You made something so simple into amazing and beautiful!! I was picturing while reading..it is really beautifully written post!
Have a wonderful week, and enjoy!!!

Pacheco Patty May 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

Very pretty Nancy;-)
I enjoyed reading your post, yes, you are lucky to live in such a beautiful place and I can only imagine that Spring is exceptional there;-)

Magic of Spice May 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

Sounds like a truly beautiful day and walk...wish I were there :) And this is indeed a perfect salad to celebrate a beautifully Spring day, just gorgeous!
P.S. Thanks for the other links and adding mine, will check them out :)

Torviewtoronto May 9, 2011 at 6:46 PM  

beautiful and delicious presentation Nancy

Lizzy May 9, 2011 at 7:58 PM  

Vibrant indeed! Both gorgeous and delicious...I'd love a plate for my lunch :)

kankana May 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

I just love this kind of simple salad which also looks so colorful :)

Correen May 9, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

Ooh your tale of walking and discovering is so beautiful. My ventures here in the wilderness of Washington won't ever have me meeting a musician, although I love to hear the rush of the river as I approach, miss it as I walk farther away. Lovely salad, lucky you and me for knowing the importance of appreciating our surroundings and supping on simple, good food. :*

spcookiequeen May 9, 2011 at 11:45 PM  

Sounds like a wonderful day. Spring has been coming and going here too. Love the photo of the musician and the salad is screaming Spring.
-GIna-

Michelle Chin May 10, 2011 at 12:09 AM  

hmm, never had salad with tangerine before... :D

sweetlife May 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

lovely post. I love panchito and his curious self, a perfect salad. I enjoy simple salads,packed with freshness..your is stunning. love the pics!

sweetlife

Emily Malloy May 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

So gorgeous. The lot of it!

The Cooking Photographer May 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Your blog is beautiful! I love all the photographs. I am sort of lazy and I tend to only do one, sometimes two. I need to work on this.

Laura

FamilySpice May 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM  

I live in gorgeous San Diego, but I wish we could walk and stroll and see the sights like you just described. Lovely post!

Tiffany May 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

Gorgeous salad... STUNNING photos!

Jen May 10, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

I love the contrast with the black in the photo background!

Cooking Rookie May 10, 2011 at 6:31 PM  

I love this kind of salads - I've been making lots of them lately, I also add pears and strawberries. Your presentation is absolutely gorgeous! So light and refreshing :-)

Christy May 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

I loved your salad!! This is my kind of salad, I love simple salads with fruits and lots of veggies, and sometime throw in some tuna or smoked salmon, and I am hooked :D

Sarah May 11, 2011 at 1:27 AM  

We're having a fickle spring around here as well but this salad looks just perfect!

Hester Casey - Alchemy May 11, 2011 at 4:21 AM  

What a poetic post! I feel almost as if I was on the walk with Panchito. Great salad and so beautifully photographed!

Kate from Scratch May 11, 2011 at 6:50 AM  

So simple, so delicious. Beautiful photo. Congrats on another Top 9!

Trix May 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

You are so lucky to live in Prague!! It really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen ... And your salad is right at home there. So vibrant!

gastronomic nomad May 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

I love your story! Both it and the recipe are beautiful. I adore springtime walks with my dog Tyler as well. It's a wonderful way for me to start and end the day in the park. So happy to have discovered your blog.

Sortachef May 11, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

Even if the Prague spring is not entirely cooperating, your lovely photos and your beautiful way with words breathe sunshine into my morning. Thanks so much!

Sandra May 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

Glad to see you on top 9 again!!! Congratulation sweetie!

Gastronome Tart May 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

Beautiful presentation and what great photos! This salad screams spring and freshness! Congrats on the top 9!

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy May 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

That sounds like a tranquil walk on a spring morning.I love the way you arranged salad on the plate, I m so messy always :) Spinach & citrus is a win win combo.Also congrats on FoodBuzz #9

maria elena May 11, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

Minunat, si eu voi pregati o salata dupa reteta ta.

Lindselicious May 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

Congrats on top 9! This salad looks great- I love the combo of Mache and tangerines!

Tanantha P. May 11, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

Lovely salad! My kind of salad has changed from time to time depending on my craving. I wish I could walk Bella in the morning like you walk Panchito. In the morning is a rush hour for me. Yes, it's May and it's still cold hereeeee

MsByn May 11, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Gorgeous and mouth watering! I want some tomatoes and tangerines now!

Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) May 11, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

I just love the simplicity of this recipe. I find that my favorite salads are the ones that are simple and made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Beautiful post, beautiful pix.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

You are such an elegant writer!

That salad looks fantastic. My favorite salad in the summer is an arugula-watermelon-feta-onion with a simple toss in olive oil.

Lenna May 15, 2011 at 4:38 AM  

That is such a pretty salad! I love the music in the streets of Prague, those people are often awesomly talented!

penny aka jeroxie May 17, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

beautiful simple salad. The colours are also glorious :)

Katherine June 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM  

Great recipe and gorgeous photos as always! Thanks so much for hosting YBR!

scrambledhenfruit June 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

Such bold colors and fresh flavors make this salad combination tempting for the hot weather we've been having. Beautiful! :)

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