Summer Salad and the Winner of Tokyo Terrace’s first giveaway!

by Tokyo Terrace on July 3, 2009

Bad blogger. That’s what you should all be saying to me right now. I have been shamelessly absent from Tokyo Terrace the last few days. I promise that it was for a good reason! I also promise I will be more present in the coming days.

On Sunday, my parents and sister flew from Minneapolis to Denver to spend the week with us. We travelled to Crested Butte and just returned a couple of hours ago. In the majestic mountains we hiked, shopped, laughed and enjoyed being together as one big family.


Just before leaving for Crested Butte, we enjoyed a delicious dinner that included a fabulous salad. Juicy nectarines, salty bleu cheese, chewy dried cranberries and crisp lettuce work together to create a refreshing side for dinner, or a light lunch on a warm afternoon. Because this salad already has so much flavor, I mixed together a light honey vinagrette to drizzle on top.


Another important announcement that I have been very late in making is the winner of the Tokyo Terrace Giveaway! There were numerous creative suggestions for what to name this delicious cocktail, but my favorite suggestion was… Drum roll please…

Shibuya Punch from Scott at One Food Guy

I thought this was perfect the perfect name. Shibuya (an area of Tokyo) is bubbly, bright, and exciting, just like this cocktail! So, now that it has an appropriate name, kick back and enjoy your own Shibuya Punch!!

Scott, please send me your mailing address to so I can send you your prize! Thanks again to everyone for your fabulous suggestions!

Summer Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

2 nectarines, segmented

8 oz. crumbled bleu cheese

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the vinaigrette:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

salt and pepper

Put the lettuce in a large bowl.

Top with the nectarines, bleu cheese and dried cranberries.

Whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss to combine.

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  • Kamran Siddiqi (The Sophisticated Gourmet)

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! You’re not a bad blogger! You’re an excellent blogger!

    Although I am not a big lettuce in my salads fan, I think I will try this recipe because it looks great and because it has nectarines.

    Great post!

    P.S. Great pick for the winner! I love the new name for it.

  • mononoke

    Bad blogger… Good salad… Good blogger!

  • vicariousmom

    Take it from someone who enjoyed every bite, that was a delicious salad.

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Bad blogger? I beg to differ.
    Great post. Gorgeous pics, delicious-sounding recipe –
    & I love the name you chose for the cocktail! Perfect!
    Congratulations to Scott!

  • tokyoterrace

    Kamran: Thanks! I am flattered you think I am an excellent blogger :) It’s tough blogging and traveling at the same time.

  • tokyoterrace

    Monoke: Thanks for the comment! Glad you like the salad!

  • tokyoterrace

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  • tokyoterrace

    Thanks Aunt J! Can’t wait to see you in a few days!

  • Kamran Siddiqi (The Sophisticated Gourmet)

    My pleasure! And I agree. Traveling & blogging is super hard because it’s just too much to do & you are only one person.

  • Melinda

    that salad looks amazing!! :)

  • Scott

    Hello! I’m so honored to be the victor in this great cocktail contest!

    A big thank you Rachael for the awesome knife you sent to me! I love it and will be very careful with it. You’re the best!


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