This morning was my first official lay out session at the beach here in Maui. Every cell in my body is singing right now!
I got up and did some work, then at 10:30AM I set out for the beach. I’m on a pretty regimented tanning system for the next month. My skin is so white that I really can’t be out in the sun for longer then 30 minutes at a time and with sunscreen. I’m determined to tan like a Goddess but not burn one bit. Its my way of mitigating the fact that tanning is no longer considered healthy or chic with the fact that I’m a total sun worshiper. This is what I’m calling conscious tanning.
When I got back from my walk from the beach, I was starving. I threw together this salad and it was perfect. The textures where soft with a bit of crunch now and then and all the flavors were mild and sweet. As usual, I threw things together as they called to me from the refrigerator, and the dressing was no exception. I recommend practicing your culinary intuition by working this way now and again. It really develops your relationship with food.
::Apres Beach Salad::
1 head of organic butter leaf lettuce washed and torn by hand
5 radishes sliced into rounds
1 16 oz container of mini fresh mozzarella balls
1 avocado halved and sliced
1 organic green onion chopped
Combine all items except the avocado in a large salad bowl and set aside until ready to serve. I wait until the salad is ready to serve to add the avocado slices in order to keep them fresh and green.
::Maui Dreams Dressing::
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 balsamic reduction
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 Tbsp dried Oregano or to taste
1 Tbsp dried Basil or to taste
1/2 Tbsp dried Thyme or to taste
1/2 Tbsp Cumin powder or to taste
I used a very thick balsamic reduction for this and it will not fully emulsify the oil. But it created a lovely tart sweet tasting dressing. Makes enough for several uses.
1. Take all the ingredients and whisk together until they are all blended. Serve immediately. Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week.
2. Drizzle over salad with a spoon.