Tuesday, May 26, 2009
What's growing on the farm on Hilton Head Island...
Small individual plots of land are rented to those who have a love of gardening (click on photo to enlarge). Some people grow vegetables or a combo of vegetables and flowers. There is a tiny farmers market on Saturdays where you can purchase some of these delicious healthy vegetables and colorful flowers when in season.
Notice the Vidalia onions (top left). Vidalia onions are being harvested right now and should be available in your markets. They are sweet and are a southern staple this time of the year. The Peach trees on Hilton Head are starting to produce ripe fruit. The sweetness of Vidalia Onions and peaches is best in recipes that are not overloaded with other ingredients. Please enjoy the following recipe featuring grilled Vidalia onions. It is simple and packs a burst of flavor. Remember to come on by tomorrow for some more Hilton Head island views.
VIDALIA ONION & PEACH SALAD
* 1 cup baby leaf lettuce
* 1 Vidalia Onion, sliced into 1/2 inch rings
* 1 peach, sliced in half
* 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
For the Dressing:
* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Prepare grill (medium-high heat). Brush sliced Vidalia Onions with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Grill onion slices and peach until tender, about 4 minutes per side. Thinly slice peaches.
For the dressing, simply whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
In another large bowl, toss together the salad, freshly grilled sliced peaches and Vidalia Onions. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle goat cheese on top.