Fancy Refrigerator Salad

February 26, 2015

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.  


Lately, I've been busy and ingredients have been piling up in our fridge like a snow drift. I found not one but 3 bunches of parsley and 6 forlorn avocados in the vegetable crisper (which, no matter how hard it tried, could no longer crisp any of its contents). Some people might have found it a sad scene, but all I saw was a lunchtime opportunity! While I boiled some sprouted brown rice, I began chopping -- scallions, blistered shishito peppers, spinach, and some limp but still brightly flavored celery. I added tuna, capers, and pickled mustard seeds, and made a dressing with Worcestershire sauce, lemon, lime, mustard, and olive oil. Refrigerator salad victory was in my grasp. All I needed was a sweet treat -- today, this Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise and clementines came to the rescue. 

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.