I am barbecuing Argentinean beef and I wanted a salad to go with it. While some Argentinean salads are more Mediterranean influenced—filled with eggs, potatoes, or fruit—the salad commonly served with asado—barbecue—is almost Japanese in its simplicity. A few high quality ingredients, simply dressed. The flavors of the ingredients should stand proudly on their own.
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Our garden produced another spectacular cucumber and a few red and yellow tomatoes. I went to the farmer’s market and picked up some mixed baby greens (mesclun). We are having company this week end, so I did not want to use a bottled dressing. A few weeks ago Jan had bought fig balsamic vinegar at the farmer’s market, a few herbs, some olive oil and garlic and you have a dressing.
Long before you could easily find recipes on the Internet The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos is my go to book for Middle Eastern cuisine. Like many of my best cookbooks I bought this one at a library discard sale. It had seen much use before I bought it 25 years ago, but as tattered as it is, it has some great recipes in it. I have made a few changes to her recipe over the year’s but not as many as I make to other dishes.
This is one of those recipes where I took a cooking technique from another recipe that completely changes the dish. I have been making variations of this dish for most of my cooking life, but it rarely came out how I knew it should be. For me this has been a dish in constant evolution, I do not think I have ever made it the same way twice. This is the first time I have even written it down.
Our garden produced another spectacular cucumber and I did not want to make the same salad as the last time so I had this in mind when I went to the farmer’s market. One of the sellers had bags of mixed baby greens and vine ripe heirloom tomatoes. What I came up with is this salad.