A friend and I used to provide picnics in our valley. We mowed a small area, set up table and chairs, and laid the table with linens, tableware and flowers. Guests were asked if they wanted cows present or not. Almost all asked for them to be around. We catered for romantic couples, to large family groups looking for an afternoon away from it all to reconnect. Working away up at the house, we could hear them through the open windows, laughing and talking. Often they would take a meander through the meadows after their meal, stretching the event out as long as possible.
We were always on the lookout for side dishes that collectively would present a colourful, unique yet cohesive meal. Here’s a wonderful plated salad from those beautiful summer picnics. Continue reading