(photography Tanase Popa)

My brilliant and talented friend, Tanase, throws recipes together effortlessly.  And everything he makes is not only delicious but beautiful as well.

You would imagine from the his photos and recipes that he is a chef.  He actually works for Pixar and cooking and food photography just happen to be a side job.  His beautiful recipes and photography bring me so much JOY.


Watermelon radish is a unique ingredient that is hard to find.  Tanase found it easily at Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley, California.  Try to search for it at other speciality food stores such as Whole Foods or Farmer's Markets.  Or consider ordering seeds and growing some.  Traditional radishes grow very quickly and teacher often use them for preschool children who want to see the quick turn-around time for something they have planted.  So I imagine the watermelon radishes would grow quickly as well.

This isn't a traditional measured recipe.  It is more an inspired list of ingredients for you to play with at home.  Enjoy!

Baby Arugula
Baby Spinach
Watermelon radishes thinly sliced
Fennel, thinly sliced
Goat Cheese, crumbled

Meyer Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Shallots, minced
Sea Salt

Lightly sprinkle sea salt on the radishes only.  Make the dressing by whisking together the ingredients lemon juice, shallots, sea salt and olive oil.  

Assemble the salad ingredients and drizzle with the dressing just before service.


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