Every so often, a really good song gets stuck in my head, and I feel compelled to share it with friends. I know I’m not alone: Martin Scorsese has had the same song stuck in his head for 30 years.
The dish I have to share with you today is like a really good song that’s stuck in my head and I need to share it. It’s a simple salad, really. Nothing special. But it just works so well: Thin discs of crisp, peppery radish, tossed with crumbles of soft, salty feta cheese, married by a healthy dose of tangy red wine vinegar and speckled with green onion. I’m not talking about fancy Easter egg or watermelon radishes; just your Plain Jane radish, the kind that works well in the early days of spring. It’s the time of year when I’m still wearing a winter coat, but I don’t have to wear my boots anymore. We’ve put away the shovels (although Rich tells me we could get 5 inches Friday) and are anxiously awaiting the first flowers of springtime. Soon enough, we’ll be eating artichokes and asparagus, but we’re not quite there yet.
This salad has been on repeat the past few weeks. I think a dinner guest summed it up best when he had his first bite and said “Molly, I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed a radish until this moment in my life.” It’s that good.
This is one of those salads that you’ll make over and over and won’t need to measure it, but I tried to get rough numbers tonight when I made it so I could share it with you. A mandolin, although fun and exciting, is not necessary for this. All you need is a good, sharp knife and cutting board. I guarantee it’ll get stuck in your head.
Radish and Feta Salad
One bunch of radishes, sliced thin. My guess is an 1/8 of an inch. No thicker than a 1/4.
1/4 cup of feta, crumbled
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Between 3 and 4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
Three green onions, cut into thin slices
Toss everything together in a bowl. Because I love things puckery, and I know many don’t, my advice is to start with 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, give it a taste, and add more if you think it’s necessary. As a side, this salad serves 4, although I’ve taken to eating it as a main dish.