We are teetering on the edge of summer bounty so last Tuesday I headed to the Santa Fe Farmers Market with the kids to see what we could find. We saw baskets overflowing with all kinds of salad greens, pints of snap peas, bunches of red radishes, and my favorite spring treat, white hakurei turnips (also called salad turnips). And just as we thought we had exhausted our search, we noticed a small table with microgreens and met the farmer behind Matt’s Microgreens, Matt Sherman. He showed us his sunflower, pea, radish, and broccoli shoots and it occurred to me that this is perhaps the best time to tinker with a recipe with microgreens, when flowers and vegetables are naturally in the midst of their seedling (tiny sprout) stage. I carried home a variety pack with a little of each of the four microgreens he had brought with him.
While local farms are filled with growing plants, here is the first taste. Ready to nourish us with their nutrient-dense and vibrant kick of flavor. I had been working on another recipe for this week but it will have to wait. When I returned home, I realized I had a few pink grapefruits and a good-sized hunk of parmesan cheese.
15 minutes is all it takes
This recipe practically made itself in around fifteen minutes before we sat down for dinner. One might think that something that tastes so delicious and looks so beautiful would be laborious, or at the very least, time-consuming to make. Not this salad. Grapefruit is the fruit I chose because I love it and I had it but many other fruits would be incredible choices as we move through the growing season. Apricots, peaches, nectarines, and even pitted cherries partially smashed before being spread across the bottom of a plate would work just as well if not better depending on what fruits you love the most. When chile season is in full swing, I guarantee I will be adding thin slices of fire-roasted poblanos along with the fruit for an added depth and grounding of flavor.
I guess it’s a stretch to call this a carpaccio, but it seems right enough to me. Usually, carpaccio refers to meat or fish that is pounded thin and served raw. But with the grapefruit thinly sliced and spread across the bottom of a plate it has a visual similarity that cannot be ignored. And while this recipe could easily serve four as a side, it could also serve two as an entire meal, especially when paired with meat or fish. On the night we devoured this salad for dinner, we had also grilled a single ribeye steak to share and the pairing was better than we could have ever imagined.Print
Usually, carpaccio refers to meat or fish that is pounded thin and served raw. But with the grapefruit thinly sliced and spread across the bottom of a plate, this simple carpaccio recipe has a visual similarity that cannot be ignored.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 2-4 servings
- Category: Salad
- Method: carpaccio
- Cuisine: Italian-inspired
- 1 pink grapefruit
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 t. dijon mustard
- 1 t. honey
- 1 t. fresh rosemary sprigs, finely chopped
- Pinch of salt, pepper and red chile flakes
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 4 c. microgreens of your choice, sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 c. parmesan cheese shavings
How to supreme
First, we are going to supreme (remove the pith and rind) our grapefruit: With a sharp knife, trim both ends of the grapefruit. Set a flat side on the cutting board. Remove the peel by cutting around the grapefruit, following the shape of the sphere. Discard the peels and now you’re ready to slice. Make thin round slices and push out any seeds with a small knife. Lay these slices on a family-style platter or divide them between four salad plates.
Whisk and mix
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, rosemary, salt, pepper, and red chile flakes. Add the shallot.
Toss and serve
Right before serving, add the microgreens, and cheese, and toss. Pile this salad on top of the grapefruit.
Keywords: carpaccio, microgreens, grapefruit, supreme, summer, farmers market