In Oklahoma, the changing of seasons can be a slightly volatile experience. Summer may glide into the vibrant colors of bucolic, autumnal days. Fall may cede it’s last warm breathe to the frigid winds of winter. But as winter cries the tears of spring, we find ourselves preparing for the storm warnings to come knowing that unsteady changes in temperature and pressure increase the risk for meterological cavitation. So, we focus our eyes on the skies, watching the clouds for damaging winds, hail or even tornadoes.
What exactly does this have to do with food? Well, nothing, per se. Yeah, just let that percolate for a minute! I’m posting a salad here. Do you really need an introduction to a salad? I suppose I could talk about farmer’s and their fields and fresh produce at the market stand, but I’d rather just eat the salad myself!
Why bring it up, then? Every week, I meet up with a group of friends for breakfast or the occasional after hours. This week, in a streak of cleverness, they issued a challenge – use the words cavitation, percolate and bucolic in my blog posting. The rules – usage of the terms must fit within the context of the sentence and be used correctly both grammatically and denotatively. All secondary connotations aside, this was a tough challenge. Cavitation? Really? Shout out to The Breakfast Club. Checkmate, my friends…if I do say so myself!
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Serving Size: 1 salad
1 slice of bacon, cubed, cooked and drained
2-3 leaves of Romaine lettuce
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/2 small Haas Avocado, cubed
1-2 scallions, light and green parts only, minced
1/2 recipe prepared, chilled Cilantro Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1. Prepare the Cilantro Jalapeno Dressing in advance.
2. Cube one slice of bacon and fry until golden. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and cool.
3. Assemble the troops! In a salad bowl, add the Romaine, Roma, Haas Avocado and Scallions. Season all of the vegetables with salt and pepper, to taste.Yum!
Veggie Tales: For a vegetarian variation, omit the bacon. It’s just as yummy without it.
Half an Avocado?: I saved some avocado for a half serving of Guacamole, but you could always use the whole avocado if you want!