I can’t lie, I have a thing for Indian Casinos. There is one called River Rock in Sonoma County about an hour and a half North of San Francisco. One day after losing a little money on video poker, Jason and I stumbled upon this great little pizzeria in Geyserville, (a cute little wine town in Sonoma County) called Diavolo. It is a salumeria and they cure their own meats and make a mean thin crust pizza. As it is wine country you know the food is going to be good. But this place far exceeded my expectations. I love it and if I get married in Wine Country I would want my Friday night rehearsal dinner at this place. :)
This recipe is my take on a salad we had at Diavolo. It is hearty and can be served as an appetizer or a full meal. If you read The Chefanies on a regular basis you know that Chefanie Wambach and I are obsessed with beets. We also have a tendency to like this Italian grain. This is one tasty salad!
Chefanie Wambach came over the other night and we both wanted to cook something light, healthy and summery. And of course it had to go with our Secret Recipe dish, Manchego Jalapeño Cornbread.
My inspiration for this salad was to have as many colors as a salad bowl would allow me too. I chose the veggies for their taste obviously but also for the colors and the beauty they would add to the overall dish. I tended to go for heirloom veggies, but you can substitute for whatever you want and whatever suits your fancy.
This salad was awesome and all of us went back for a few more bites. I was originally planning on dressing it with a cilantro vinaigrette but Wambach has the “cilantro tastes like soup” gene and we decided to go with a homemade spicy ranch to tie it all together. It worked and maybe even better than a vinaigrette would have. It is crunchy, creamy and looks beautiful on the table.
It’s our second month in the Secret Recipe Club and this month we were assigned Liv Life. The blog has a lot of seasonal, California inspired dishes, so we were quite at home with Kim’s recipes. The only problem was choosing which one to make!
Chefanie Frasco and I perused the collection and both came upon the recipe for Manchego Jalapeño Cornbread. Growing up in Missouri we often had cornbread with family meals, so I was very excited to give this recipe a try.
Now you might be saying, Soup…In Summer? While in might sound a bit odd, I agree, but in San Francisco, its completely normal. Summer in San Francisco often finds me wanting something warm and hearty. This recipe does just the trick.
I used chicken for the meatballs as it is healthier. They also don’t contain eggs for no reason other than once I made it and I had no eggs on hand. I think I actually like the meatballs better this way anyhow.
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall…this one is a keeper.