I was so excited to get my copy of Heidi Swanson’s new cookbook Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel. It’s been sitting on my nightstand for the past few weeks. I like to read a little bit before bed because I noticed that some of her travel photos help inspire my dream life. I think I dreamt I was in Morocco last week. Heidi’s new book separated into chapters Near-– being San Francisco and Far– being Morocco, Japan, Italy, France and India.
First stop! San Francisco- my home! This is actually the first recipe in the cookbook and I think it’s the perfect place to start. We have a crispy cucumber salad, spiked with a tangy lemongrass vinaigrette. Tofu soaks up a little bit of the dressing and the red onion slices are left with just enough kick to round out the salad. Pine nuts are a great addition too. I love how they subtly add a crunch with every single bite. A crunch that differs from the juicy cucumbers.
With salads like this one, it makes me so happy to live in the area that inspired this recipe.