I am not a salad person. If I had a choice between a nice juicy burger and a salad, there would be no hesitation to order the calorie packed burger. Just boring greens plainly dressed does not sound good to me. And then, this recipe came to mind.
If I am going to eat a salad, it's gonna be something like this: super flavorful meatballs infused with Mediterranean spices like cumin and chili, a crunchy mix of greens tossed in a bright dressing and then the whole thing is mixed with colorful veggies and fruits like kalamata olives, mango and cucumber. Can I just say kalamata olives are my most favorite thing at the moment. I never liked them when I was younger because they were too tangy but now, I can eat them straight outta the jar- anyone with me?
When I was younger, I had piano class every Saturday morning. This was probably the worst part of my weekend because 1. I never practiced and 2. I never looked forward to getting a lecture from my piano teacher for not practicing... I know, I know, I should've probably practiced- but that's besides the point. The highlight of my Saturday was always going to the farmer's market after class each week!!
My dad and I would stay there for a while, tasting the free samples and I would just go crazy about all the interesting things each vendor would sell. The best, BEST part of the farmer's market was the bread that one vendor would sell. His stall was all the way in the back, almost like a hidden gem that only the people who ventured through the whole street would find.
When we got back home and unloaded our goodies, my family would start on our weekly grilled cheeses with the half eaten bag of bread because my dad and I could not resist it during the drive home.
These grilled cheeses weren't your normal ones. We had recently seen Giada (from Food Network) make this amazing spinach pesto and pancetta grilled cheese sandwich- oh my. Every Saturday, you would find our kitchen smelling of the bacon, the fresh pesto full of garlic and basil and the pillowy bread toasting on the side. Oh yessss! I wanted to relive that nostalgic time so I tried recreating my childhood favorite with a little bit of a spin.
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