Ren’s Watery Certainty Salad

Eating this salad offers a feeling reminiscent, straight-up, of Ren’s energy from Torus Link. This is a salad that is milder overall with creamy avocado, light pepino melon, and green herbs paring with lettuce leaves, yet it is also undeniably warm with hints of cloves, mint, garlic and dark raisins that make it ever-robust underneath. It’s a perfect salad for when you want to cut out any energetic ‘crap’ within you (if I may be so blunt!) –and to instead re-steady yourself inside with a quietly confident, aware, inner-collectedness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lettuce leaf blend of your choice (I used one with mizuna and chard)
  • 1 medium-sized ripe avocado (about 1 cup’s worth)
  • 1 ripe pepino melon (can substitute with 1 cup of a milder melon such as honeydew)
  • 2 Tbsp dried peaches
  • 1 Tbsp dark raisins
  • 1/4 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried mint

Prep time: 10 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

Preparation:

  1. Use a sharp knife to halve the pepino melon and cut thin vertical slices into each half, then use a large spoon to scoop the slices directly out of their peels and onto a small bowl or plate. Reserve.
  2. Core and mash the ripe avocado in a small bowl with a fork, thoroughly mixing in all of the dried herbs and spices except for the mint. Reserve.
  3. Plate the lettuce leaf blend in a large bowl or onto a plate; spread the avocado-mixture directly on top of the lettuce leaves in the center, and place the reserved pepino melon slices in a concentric circle on the border of the plate.
  4. Tear the dried peaches into smaller pieces with your hands, and then sprinkle the peaches and raisins over the center-avocado mixture. Carefully sprinkle the dried mint on top of the pepino melon slices and enjoy the watery-subtle confidence this salad provides, just like that of Ren’s.

Yasmine’s notes:

Might I suggest you listen to this song while prepping this salad? I feel it captures a lot of Ren’s own understated, yet steady and unquestionable certainty.


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