Montreal for the weekend – visiting friends and exploring.
A dream come true!
There’s something thrilling about driving through Vermont and crossing the border.
Being in another country after a 5 hour drive.
Memories of crossing the Spanish border as a kid for a day trip during summer vacations in the south of France.
Ô Canada, me voilà !
Absorbing the sights of the historic streets in Vieux-Montréal.
Vibrant and energized all at once.
A mix of European heritage and North American friendliness.
A place where le petit-déjeuner is le déjeuner, le déjeuner is le dîner, le dîner is le souper, l’épicier is le dépanneur and les publicités in mail boxes are les circulaires.
A very tight community happy to welcome you with a big québécois smile as I made my way through the funny French pitfalls, which could only result in good-hearted laughs between me and the people I’ve met along the way.
Thanks to Nadia from La Porte Rouge, I left with some addresses and an excitement hard to disguise that only she could spark off after our email exchanges.
From the Vieux-Montréal to Rosemont through Le Plateau – colorful active neighborhoods with a certain cool factor.
Going where the locals go, tasting québécois cuisine and discovering local products.
Le Marché Jean-Talon, a myriad of colors and experiences.
Or brunching at La Grand-Mère Poule with a side of québécois fèves au lard before strolling through the Mont Royal Park.
A sunny weekend to celebrate the fading summer season and to welcome September.
It wasn’t my first time in Montreal.
And I already knew I wanted to go back to Olive & Gourmando for lunch.
Locals and tourists line up outside this cosy place.
Healthy, hearty food that just won’t disappoint.
Bustling is the word here.
And enamored I am!
The city has a different rhythm that other cities in North America.
I don’t know if it’s the ambience or the joie de vivre that the montréalais exude as they wave while riding their bikes – oui, Montréal is bike haven!
What I do know is that it’s special in its own way.
What I’ve discovered from the city’s restaurants is their use of sprouts and micro greens.
A subtle hint making it that much more interesting in the end.
And so it is only natural that this slivered snow pea salad with cherry tomatoes include celery micro greens.
As a way to remember Montreal and the Québécois.
Pretty and colorful.
Crunchy and fantastic.
A perfect end of summer meal.
Slivered Snow Pea Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Celery Micro Greens
1 lb (450 g) of snow peas – trimmed and thinly slivered lengthwise
1 to 1.5 cup (150 to 225 g) of cherry tomatoes – cut in half
3 radishes – thinly sliced
3-5 oz (85 to 140 g) of feta cheese – crumbled
a small handful of celery micro greens (Note: there is a difference between micro greens and sprouts)
for the vinaigrette
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 Tbsp of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of strong French Dijon mustard
1.5 teaspoon of buckwheat honey
sea salt and pepper
In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice, mustard and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to whisk. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, toss the slivered snow peas with 3/4 of the vinaigrette.
Arrange the snow peas on a serving plate. Place the radish slices in the center. Top with the cherry tomatoes.
Finish by decorating the plate and sprinkle the feta cheese and the celery micro greens on the salad.
Drizzle the rest of the vinaigrette on top and serve.
If you prefer to serve the salad in a big bowl, place all ingredients in the bowl and toss with all of the vinaigrette.