With the start of the Jackson Hole People’s Market two weeks ago, we’ve been stocking our kitchens with as much local and regional foods that we can. Thus, the return of our What’s Fresh column for the summer.
Last week at the People’s Market, which goes on at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the base of Snow King, I found two pleasant surprises. One of my favorite farmers, Grove City Gardens, made their first appearance at the market. And second, Ranier cherries were for sale. I bought a bag to nibble on, but on Sunday I needed a refreshing green salad to go along with a steak we grilled. My produce stash was getting a little low, meaning I only had some red butter lettuce from Cosmic Apple and cherries left from visit to the market just days before.
No problem. I love to throw fresh fruit into my salads, so I made a simple vinaigrette with strawberry vinegar from Vom Fass to go along with it. I’m not the only one with the great idea. Turns out Allison also threw cherries in her salad (along with peas and ricotta). Below is a recipe. Keep it in mind for today’s shopping trip. You could really use any kind of lettuce (Allison selected arugula for her version), ricotta in place of the arugula or candied nuts instead of pistachios. Slightly grilling the cherries would add an interesting depth of flavor, too. With the rest of your cherries, how about making a clafoutis?