Bacon, ramps ‘n nuts

Bacon, chard and walnuts

While I’m all about making simple things regardless of the time of year, this is especially true as summer approaches. Part of this is a practical thing (don’t want to have the stove on all day), but it’s mostly because I like to enjoy summer’s bounty almost naked, with just a few accents to make things pop.

Summer is a time for satiny leafy greens, curvaceous summer squashes and sweet succulent berries with all laid to bare. Can they be adorned with a few accessories? Sure! Just as long as you don’t cover up the best bits. Is this starting to sound like a steamy romance novel? Well good! because I’m passionate about the foods of summer.

As it gets warm outside, I’ll be visiting farms, gathering summer’s beauties and exposing them, centerfold style. The following highlights two gorgeous greens with little bits of fleshy pink bacon and bronzed walnuts setting the whole thing off.

2 slices of thick-cut bacon cut into batons
3 medium swiss chard leaves roughly chopped
10 ramps roughly chopped
small handful of crumbled walnuts

Cook the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat until a good amount of fat has rendered out and the edges start turning brown (but not crisp). Turn up the heat and add the swiss chard, tossing until wilted and the white stems turn translucent.

Add the ramps and walnuts and cook for a few more seconds until the ramps wilt and turn a vibrant green. Grind some black pepper on top and serve.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    That sounds and looks soooo delicious. I love how you described this season’s food LOL :)

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    That sounds and looks soooo delicious. I love how you described this season’s food LOL :)

  • http://findingladolcevita.blogspot.com/ Maryann

    Hi Marc! Thanks for visiting my blog. Much appreciated.
    Doesn’t bacon make everything taste a little better? haha

  • http://findingladolcevita.blogspot.com Maryann

    Hi Marc! Thanks for visiting my blog. Much appreciated.
    Doesn’t bacon make everything taste a little better? haha

  • http://naturalcuisine.blogspot.com/ Lore

    Simple and vibrant! What’s not to love about this dish?

  • http://naturalcuisine.blogspot.com Lore

    Simple and vibrant! What’s not to love about this dish?

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    You had me at bacon. Looks amazing and sounds like a perfect way to start getting more greens in my diet.

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    You had me at bacon. Looks amazing and sounds like a perfect way to start getting more greens in my diet.

  • http://www.eatfordinner.com/ giz

    I’m so with you on highlighting clean simple seasonal foods and not masking the best parts but finding just the right balance. This salad is right up my alley – colourful, crunchy and good for you.

    You got me going on fiddleheads and now I can’t get them out of my mind.

  • http://www.eatfordinner.com giz

    I’m so with you on highlighting clean simple seasonal foods and not masking the best parts but finding just the right balance. This salad is right up my alley – colourful, crunchy and good for you.

    You got me going on fiddleheads and now I can’t get them out of my mind.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That salad looks nice and simple and tasty. I am really looking forward to Spring arriving with all of it bounty!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That salad looks nice and simple and tasty. I am really looking forward to Spring arriving with all of it bounty!

  • http://www.cookeatfret.com/ Claudia (cook eat FRET)

    perfect
    perfect

  • http://www.cookeatfret.com Claudia (cook eat FRET)

    perfect
    perfect

  • Pingback: Seasonal Blogroll: Ramps Recipes : Eat. Drink. Better.

Welcome!

I'm Marc, and I want to teach you some basic techniques and give you the confidence and inspiration so that you can cook without recipes too!

Cheesy fried green tomatoes
Lemon Ricotta Matzo Brei
Gambas Al Ajillo
Farro and Porcini Mushrooms (farro con funghi)
Sanma No Nitsuke
Samgyetang (삼계탕)
California Roll
Wine & Food at Kendall-Jackson