Monday, February 20, 2012

Meatless Monday: Black-Salsify Avocado Salad

For this Meatless Monday I have a great lukewarm salad for you which combines a the under valued winter veggie black salsify with a tropical avocado. I found the original recipe on Kookblog Rozemarijn, one of my favorite Dutch vegetarian cooking blogs. I will translate my version from the recipe below.

Black Salsify Avocado Salad (serves 2 as main veg dish, 4 as a side)
- 200 gr black salsify
- 1 avocado (250gr)
- dairy butter (no low fat in this case!)
- 100 ml creme fraiche
- salt and pepper

Peel the black salsify. To make this more easy fill your sink with water and peel them in the water. Your hands won't be brown and sticky from the process that way. Cut them in half lengthwise and then in pieces from about 5cm. Heat some (don't be shy, you want a nice layer) butter in a pan until it's melted and add the black salsify. Let it simmer on medium heat with the lid on for about 15 minutes. They should be a bit tender but not fully done yet. Then add the creme fraiche and bake the black salsify for about 10 minutes until fully done, the cream should be thicker now. Peel the avocado, remove the pit and cut into pieces that match the black salsify. Add them only the last moment so they can warm a bit. Season with salt and pepper.

If you happen to have a softer avocado like we did, no problem. Just add them a bit sooner and let them become a part of the sauce. We tried this because our avocado couldn't be cubed and it tasted perfectly yummy! Get to serve with some baked potatoes and a vegetarian burger.

This post is part of Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.
MMMM is a weekly carnival dedicated to those interested in improving their personal health and the health of the planet by reducing meat consumption one day a week. Every Monday you have a chance to feature a link to something meatless. It doesn’t have to be a recipe {although that would be nice}, it can be a picture of a meatless meal you ate that week, an interesting article you read about meat consumption, a post on your blog about going meatless, perhaps a post on someone else’s blog you found helpful, anything Meatless Monday appropriate.

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