A couple weeks ago, a friend and I stopped in at Il Mercato to enjoy a light lunch. Not really in the mood for the traditional Italian Caesar, I chose a grilled vegetable salad instead. I'm definitely a meat-eater, but when I make up my mind about what I want to eat - in this case, lighter fare - I can't easily be swayed. I was pumped for this meal when it arrived in front of me; the portion was plenty, and it was only $10.
A plate of tender veg with those yummy, smokey char grilled marks were drizzled with a sweet Balsamic vinaigrette. The 'cherry on top', or in this case, the cheese, was a healthy portion of goat cheese. The simple flavours and varied textures combined together to create lots of interest in this plate of greens; smokey, sweet and tangy, combined with fresh, soft and crunchy - these were the elements that kept my palate entertained until the very last bite.
Sometimes the salad doesn't have to be the starter, if you're lucky, you can find a good one that has all the action as the main event.