missed my market fix this week, having been at a conference in Orlando from Friday
this a.m., before it got too hot here in Bloomington as well,
lunch today was grilled vegetables with cilantro vinaigrette. It was my effort to recreate a lunch I had at
Restaurant Tallent a week or so ago. Tallent doesn’t open for lunch but Dave, Krissy and I had to work on a
Slow Food trip we’re making to Italy in the
It was super simple, but super good. All the vegetables were ripe and bursting with flavor. He just grilled them -- cabbage and onions and corn (the first of the season) -- layered some tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, drizzled everything with a fresh and tangy cilantro vinaigrette, and served it up with some grilled flour tortillas.
I spent the next two weeks dreaming about that lunch, but forgetting to ask Dave what went into the vinaigrette. This morning, vegetables on the grill, I decided to wing it. I squeezed a lime’s worth of juice into the blender, added about a quarter cup of cilantro leaves, a very small clove of garlic, lots of salt, and some canola oil (it was about 2/3 oil to 1/3 lime juice but to tell you the truth, I didn’t measure.) It was a bit limey, and I remember Dave’s being almost sweet, so I added some sweet white vinegar. (I used my favorite chardonnay vinegar, but no reason a white balsamic or something like that wouldn’t do the trick.)
The whole thing whirled up to a beautiful frothy green. We grilled the shucked corn directly on the hot grill along with the cabbage and squash. It was so fresh and sweet that about 8 minutes was plenty.
The vegetables, all deep yellows and pale greens, were flecked with cilantro and bits of char from the grill. They deserve a better picture, but we were too hungry to wait while I worried about composition, so I snapped quickly and then we ate it all up -- a perfect light Sunday lunch on a hot summer’s day.
This version of the cilantro vinaigrette was great, but I’ll check in with Dave on the ingredients and if I am totally out to lunch (so to speak), I’ll post a correction.