Summer of Salads, Pork…

TarragonI know you’ve heard me talk about Tarragon before in this amazing potato salad, but we fell in love with Tarragon using it on the Pork Chops I am sharing here today.  This post is about Pork, and how to enjoy it on a salad.  I realize that Bacon falls into the Pork category, but I am saving Bacon for it’s very own post…I love it just that much! 🙂

So for those of you who have never used Tarragon before, this might freak you out and make you not want to try it, but it has a licorice-like taste & smell to it.  I know, licorice is one of those love-it or hate-it things…but please don’t let you dislike for licorice deter you from trying Tarragon!  And when you use it with mustard, it’s a-mazing!  So here’s what you’ll need…

The basics...

Tarragon Pork Salad:

Pork Chops or Loin or Tenderloin

Fresh Tarragon

Garlic, chopped

Dijon Mustard

Whole Grain Mustard

Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper

Lettuce & potato pic

For the salad base:

Greens of your choice

Grape Tomatoes, sliced

Colored Peppers, sliced

Yukon Gold or Red Skinned Potatoes, cubed

Fresh Chives, sliced thin

Crumbled Blue Cheese

Olive Oil, Vinegar of your choice, Salt, Pepper etc.

Start by seasoning your Pork with the Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper.  Mix together your cut Tarragon, chopped Garlic, Dijon & Whole Grain Mustards.  Spread onto Pork, coating both sides.  Place back into fridge until time to grill.

Then move on to cleaning your potatoes.  Cut into cubes and toss with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper & fresh Chives.  Place into two sheets of aluminum foil, wrapping the middle section together first and then tucking in both ends.  Place onto a grill at about 375-400 degrees.  Move around every so often so the bottom layer doesn’t burn.  These will take a good 45 minutes or so.  Once they are done cooking, remove from aluminum foil and place on to a plate and put in the fridge to cool.

Place Pork on the grill, making sure it’s really good and hot to begin with so you get that great grill mark action and your seasonings don’t just stick to the grill.  Once you see the sides of your meat starting to cook up, it’s time to flip them.  Cook your Pork to at least 145 degrees.  Honestly, you can make this anytime of year, just bake or sauté the Pork!

Let the Pork rest a bit before cutting into cubes and assembling your salad!  Arrange/build your salad however you like!  Add or take away any items you feel you’d like as well!

Tarragon Pork Salad

While cruising the internet, looking for other delicious Pork salads, I found these to share with you!

Here’s an interesting Spicy Pork Salad from Bon Appetit.

This Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad looks SO good and reminds me of the bowls you can get at Chipotle.  It’s from Your Home Based Business Mom dot com.

So, I love Pulled Pork, and recently made it a highlight of one of our entree salads.  This recipe from Lumo Lifestyle blog for Cider Braised Pulled Rhubarb Pork with wild Summer salad looks ridiculous!!  I NEED! 🙂

You’ll need this Asian Pork and Cabbage Salad from Pass the Sushi dot com.

Do you have a favorite Pork salad you want to share with me?  Please do!

Thanks for following along on my #summerofsalads!

Until next time, cheers!

Shawn

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Summer of Salads, let’s talk potato…

Happy Memorial Day 2013

Well hello there!

Okay, so this is post number ONE in our #summerofsalads posts and I really had a hard time allowing myself to start with potato salads!  I wanted to ease you in, start off by talking about the different kinds of greens available and then move on to dressings…but, Memorial Day is coming this weekend and when I think of Memorial Day eats, I think of BBQ & potato salads!  I’m saving coleslaw for the 4th of July 🙂

So, the objective of these posts this summer, is to inspire you with different takes on salads.  So, instead of your basic potato salad, made with mayo, mustard, eggs etc. I am giving you a few twists on that.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some traditional potato salad!  When I was a little girl, my Grandmother would make potato salad, putting HUGE pieces of raw onion in it.  (okay maybe they weren’t that big, but to a punk kid that didn’t like onions back then, they were!) I told her that once and she would make a little for me, without onions.  She also did that with chocolate chip cookies sans nuts, fudge the same.  That woman spoiled me for sure.

Anyway, back to this post!  Today I am making you Tarragon Potato Salad.  We pretty much just stumbled on this salad one day, looking for ways to use up our gigantic Tarragon plant in the garden.  We make pork chops quite often with Tarragon & mustard & garlic, so this salad is pretty much all that, minus the pig of course.

Tarragon Potato Salad, #summerofsalads

Tarragon Potato Salad:

potatoes (use whatever type you’d like & one potato for each person you are feeding-I used six small-medium sized russets)

Fresh Tarragon

Fresh Chives and/or onions

mayo (I used 1 cup)

Dijon & whole grain mustards (I used 1 T. of each)

apple cider vinegar (I used 2 tablespoons)

sugar, salt, pepper, a bit of garlic (to your taste…)

Begin by washing up your potatoes and then boiling them until fork tender.  Let cool & remove skins from potatoes.

Whole Grain Mustard

In a separate bowl, mix together your apple cider vinegar, sugar, mayo & Dijon mustard.  Taste to be sure you have a balance of sweet, sour etc.

Fresh ChivesFresh Tarragon

Chop up your fresh herbs.  It’s really important for this recipe that you use fresh Tarragon, so if you don’t have it, look in the produce section at the grocery store.  And if you live close to me, you are always welcome to some of mine!

Herbs mixed in...

Then mix in the herbs to your potato salad dressing and taste again.  Adjust seasonings as you prefer.  Then mix in your potatoes, carefully not to crush them in the process.  Put this in the fridge to chill out and let the flavors get all groovy together!  Enjoy with your favorite BBQ grub!

As I did a little research for this post, I came across the following unique “potato” salads I wanted to share with you!

Warm Bacon Potato Salad – via Steamy Kitchen.  Don’t know where I first saw this recipe, but when I got a look at the picture, I knew I HAD to make it!  You had me at Bacon…and warm…

Sweet Potato Salad  – via The Loveless Cafe.  I am SO glad I found this website!  OMG, wait till you see some of the other recipes they have!  Can you say Bacon Pralines?  Or Carrot Puddin’ or Chow Chow Deviled Eggs….check them out!

Sour Cream-Dill Potato Salad – via Cooking Light.  I’m not usually one for Cooking Light recipes (because this girl likes her fat!) but I do love me a sour cream & onion potato chip so I thought this sounded intriguing!  I haven’t made it yet, so if you do, let me know how you like it!

Grilled Southwestern Potato Salad – via Fine Cooking.  I love this salad because you grill all the veggies first and then make the salad.  It has corn, chiles, red onions, peppers, and some crisp bacon. Yes more bacon. YUM!

Potato Salad with fresh stir-ins –  via Recipe.com.  Now this idea is great!  It’s kinda like a potato salad bar, if you will.  Make your basic base potato salad (with or without mayo/mustard) and then set out different “stir-in” that your guests can add.  This post gives you some ideas but you could really go crazy with this idea!

Wishing you & yours a wonderful & relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s first #summersippers cocktail post & next week we’ll talk salad basics!

Cheers, Shawn