Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grilled Mussels and Herb Salad and a Peachy Dressing

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Purslane and Salad Duo Collage
It's Summertime in the South, temperatures are already soaring close to 100˚F and my oven is sort of taking a break.  I love making playful light dishes with all the fresh greens and seafood from the local market, and proud to say that many of the herbs that I'm using now come from my little herb garden - oregano, marjoram, basil, mint, Persian hyssop, and others. 

Herb Salad with Grilled Mussels
Spaghetti Squash and Mussels
Today marks my fifth month of detox. I can't believe it's been that long, not as hard as I first thought it would be. Either way I'm happy to report that I'm feeling great!  I anticipate a couple more months on it and then I'll gradually begin adding back various foods from the huge list of no-nos.  As for lunch today, it was a no-brainer - fresh local mussels and a bowl of herbs from the garden mixed with some purslane and baby arugula. Very delicious!  

Trio Collage


Grilled Mussels and Herb Salad and a Peachy Dressing Salad:

3 cups baby arugula, washed and dried
2 cups fresh purslane, washed, trimmed and dried
1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
1 cup Persian hyssop,  washed, trimmed and dried (substitute with oregano or thyme)
2 stalks garlic scapes, chopped
1/2 spaghetti squash, roasted (optional)
2 lbs mussels, fresh 
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix the greens in a large salad bowl.  Keep cool.
Wash and clean mussels. Discard open shells. Toss the mussels in a bowl with lemon, salt and pepper.  Place the mussels in a grill basket and grill for a few minutes until the shells open. Remove and serve with the salad.

Dressing:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup scant fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 ripe peach, pureed (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.  Drizzle over salad (and/or squash if using) and mussels.

2 comments:

  1. beautiful. your photos become more amazing each post!

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