I am working from home today, and found myself making my go to summer salad for lunch. It is super similar to the one I made a few weeks back but tastes surprisingly different with just a couple substitutions. There really is no recipe, it is just thrown together based on whatever I had in the house. I can't seem to get away from this tomato celery combo this season... it is so good! This salad was a melange of tiny summer tomatoes. I picked up a couple of mixed quarts of them at the Union Square Green Market along with some fresh dill flower, baby fennel and my favorite red celery. I went to my trusty mandolin for perfectly thin celery and fennel. It is my favorite kitchen tool hands down. I have a really good French mandolin but I prefer a simple Japanese one (I use one from MUJI) I use it through all the seasons! You can also find nice Japanese ones at a Japanese hardware store or a Japanese Mart. I hope you are inspired to get the Greenmarket and make a version of this salad. Add a little fresh goat cheese if you would like to make it a bit more substantial.
Lunch For One ; Tomato and Celery Salad with Shaved Baby Fennel and Dill Flower.
A 1/2 quart of mixed cherry tomatoes
One stalk of red celery ( I used the nub end as all my celery was previously devoured.)
One baby fennel bulb
A couple sprigs of fresh dill flower
Juice of half a lime
Good Extra Virgin olive oil
crunchy sea salt
Chop the tomatoes into halves or quarters depending on size
Shave the celery over the tomatoes with the mandolin
Shave the fennel bulb over the celery with the mandolin
Add the sprigs of dill
Squeeze the 1/2 of lime over the salad
Douse with some extra virgin olive oil
Top off with a little crunchy seas salt and toss the whole salad.
EAT. SMILE. EAT SOME MORE.