The-Countryside-Montargis_De-quelle-planète-es-tu-1Going to the countryside to visit the in-laws is one of my favorite things in the world.

When the weather is nice, like in these pictures from a trip in late August, we eat outside and enjoy the nature, feasting on goodies from the perfection of a garden that is out back. Although we just got back from a cozy autumn weekend here- and the berries, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, etc. are no longer in season- I was daydreaming of the heated summer days and rays at this beautiful home before accepting the change of the seasons. Sidenote, this is also the garden where my father-in-law is growing yummy kale thanks to the seeds that I ordered from The Kale Project.

This particular weekend at the countryside we had some visitors, so it was the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the wonders of kale with a delicious kale salad garnished with mint, lemon and spices. King of salads, as a set designer by trade and passion, Louis’s father’s salads are also a work of art with the most delicious mixture of flavors and colors.

When I say salad, I’d like to point out that I mean any kind of salad. Not even a joke. There truly is a perfected method to the mixtures that this family makes. My favorite have an impeccable homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing with a smidgen of mustard, heaps of spices and new flavors that I discover with every salad. The core ingredients often vary, from what’s in the house or in the garden (like possibly every shade of tomato from yellow to black). The add-ons can be just about anything from nuts to cheese to berries, even a few edible flowers- like nasturtiums- for a peppered flavor.

The art of the salads in the family was passed on to my partner, who wooed me and warned me from the very beginning that I’d fall in love with him when I tried one of his salads that he learned to make from his father. It wasn’t the only reason for which I fell, but boy are they delectable.

An ode to a summer meal of salads. Cheers, folks.

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Comments

16 Comments

  1. November 4, 2013

    I LOVE THIS
    Gosh I’d love to go back to this place again one day
    xo

    • Meg #
      November 4, 2013

      Oh, you will sugar!!

  2. November 4, 2013

    I think these are the most beautiful salads I’ve ever seen. And I don’t say that lightly :)

    • Meg #
      November 4, 2013

      Hehehe I know, before these salads I had never seen such a beautiful salad.

    • November 4, 2013

      Agreed!!

  3. November 4, 2013

    I think ever since I saw those salads on your instagram I’ve been waiting for this post!
    I can’t deal with how pretty they are… Seems like a total treat to go visit your in-laws :)

    • Meg #
      November 4, 2013

      Oh it most definitely is. When I met Louis I didn’t even like tomatoes, and you can imagine how that went why I arrived there…! Haha!
      Now I love them!

  4. November 4, 2013

    That cucumber salad in the cream thing that the French like to do… Omg, I love it! And the flowers?! You and your inlaws need to colab on a cookbook or something!!

    • Meg #
      November 4, 2013

      Gosh that would be amazing. A salad cookbook!

  5. November 4, 2013

    I don’t like salad.. but these ones I would try! Wonderful pictures!

    Hana

    http://www.journeyintolavillelumiere.com/

    • Meg #
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks, Hana!

  6. November 4, 2013

    I visit your blog for the beauty of photos & I’m never disappointed ;) Love all the colors there are in !

    • Meg #
      November 7, 2013

      Aw, thank you!

  7. November 7, 2013

    Wow, you can approach anything as an art form can’t you? I’m not a huge salad lover but the ones pictured here are really calling out to me!

    Pretty soon I’m not going to have the luxury of a microwave or an oven (moving out of the US), so I’ve got to come up with some delicious ideas for fresh foods!

  8. November 11, 2013

    oh these photos of the countryside are so lovely. love the little kitty cat and photo composition.

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