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Salad tales + goodbye April

You know it’s spring when the weeks start to fly by. I looked at my calendar this morning in early morning haze and couldn’t believe my eyes. One week till the end of April?! Insane! I had great plans to celebrate springs arrival and lo and behold spring is almost over! Oh well… That just means I will push all my picnic parties and road trip plans to May.

However, I couldn’t let this week pass by without telling you about the most delicious salad I had the privilege of eating last week. This farmers market salad from Pronto’s was comprised of roasted chicken, mixed greens, corn, avocado, tomatoes, almonds, cornbread croutons, and a creamy tarragon dressing.

Did you read that? Cornbread croutons. Avocado. Tarragon dressing.

I was literally in heaven. I know I say that a lot but this salad made me swoon. The flavors and various textures blended together and created an unforgettable dish. The cornbread croutons were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The avocado was perfectly ripe and balanced the creamy Tarragon dressing. The original dish comes with dates and goat cheese but I’m not a fan of either so I left them off. I am looking to fix a homemade version of this beloved salad during the weekend. I don’t know if I can do cornbread croutons since a pan of cornbread is more likely to be devoured with a big bowl of chili than in a salad. However, I will try my best.

I hope you all have a delightful and delicious weekend. Enjoy your April before it’s too late!

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April 23, 2010 - 9:12 am

LoveFeast Table - Not a bad way to hail May in!! This salad looks amazing!

April 23, 2010 - 9:21 am

Mary - I love me a good salad! This looks amazing – I think I know what I’m going to have for dinner tonight ;)


April 23, 2010 - 12:37 pm

Tracy - all the good things in one bowl! You could buy a slab of cornbread from TJs or Whole Foods. That way the perfumey hypnotic scent of cornbread isn’t filling up your house, tempting you to devour!

But I am pretty sure you could make a mean cornbread! How about you freeze the leftovers and THEN make the croutons? Deal?

April 24, 2010 - 4:09 am

Red - I need more salads like this in my life please.

April 26, 2010 - 10:59 am

Caroline - wow, looks like spring in a bowl. I am looking for new salad recipes since I just planted my garden! Whoopeee! Perhaps my own greens will start this recipe.

April 27, 2010 - 8:20 am

fresh365 - I have two ripe avocados sitting at home and this is the perfect inspiration. mmmm!

April 28, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Amy --- Just A Titch - YUM. I’m catching up on my reader, and it’s funny: I had this salad for dinner last night…before the Avett Brothers show, which I saw on Twitter you attended as well :) One of my Top 5 shows ever…so amazing.

This post makes me want this salad again :)

May 4, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Amanda - now that is thinking ahead! it’s why I keep you around :)

May 4, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Amanda - wasn’t the show awesome?! I started laughing when everyone bumrushed the stage. Then I got a little scared! Way too close for comfort!

June 7, 2010 - 9:35 am

bkkbrit - That salad looks amazing. Living in Bangkok, Thailand I’ve found most foods I miss from the US but finding a good salad in Bangkok hasn’t happened yet, and I’ve been here 7 years. Then again, it took me six years to find a carrot cake I could eat, so there’s still hope :)

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