OPENING BELL: Fava, Strawberry and Watercress are at the starting gate. They’re accompanied at the post by Balsamic, Pecorino and those dependably persistent also-rans, Salt and Pepper. But nobody is noticing those great flavors because all eyes and bets are on the three perennial babies of this springtime salad: Fava, Strawberry and Watercress. Olive Oil has scratched and Red Wine Vinegar is out to pasture. Their salad days are over.
And they’re off… Here on the outside comes Strawberry in a good position. But Watercress breaks out on top, while Fava is charging. The field is cluttered with ingredients at half a mile, but suddenly there’s a break in the mob and it’s Fava by a length, Strawberry and Watercress are neck and neck. They’re heading into the far side and the trio of veg are clearly dominating the field. Strawberry is bearing in for a late run rounding the Clubhouse turn, but Fava is biting the bit and proving he’s up for the challenge. In the home stretch Watercress pulls back and is holding in the third position. It’s Fava by a sprout in a blanket finish! Fava, Strawberry, Watercress Trifecta Salad.
Pays 18:1 and delivers a load of springtime flavor.
Fava, Strawberry, Watercress Trifecta Salad
I had to open with that (perhaps?) overly cute mock salad race because I realize that I’m proposing a rather unconventional combination. Fava, Strawberry and Watercress are not three flavors typically brought to you by my frenemy The Jolly Green Giant (in a frozen green cube). There’s nothing ho-ho-ho humdrum on this plate. This perfectly seasonal combination of sweet, sour, salty and rich isn’t a co-mingling that most folks would consider competitive, but I know that it’s a winning trifecta of flavor. GREG