17 Feb2016


I found myself with lots of red fruit leftover in the fridge, a post-Valentine surfeit shall we say. And a couple of packages of young spinach from Malipayon farms still unused, half a block of feta cheese, and nothing much else for lunch… The salad isn’t as odd or unique as it sounds… watermelon and feta, is another fruit and salty cheese combination I’ve done before for example.


So wash and dry some young spinach, throw it into a nice photogenic bowl. Slice some leftover strawberries in half and sprinkle those over top. Take a couple of tablespoons of leftover pomegranate arils and add that to the colorful mix. Crumble feta cheese all over in what begins to look like an Italian flag of sorts… then take a tablespoon or so of leftover raspberry coulis, add some white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil and drizzle that all over. It was a surprisingly tasty combination. Visually stunning, and the berries and salty cheese worked quite nicely together.

P.S. If you’ve been missing your regular dose of marketmanila, I have been reasonably good on instagram, so just google “therealmarketman” and “instagram” and you can view the feed on-line instead of having to sign up for instagram. Next up, our Valentine’s dinner at home… :)



  1. sarah says:

    I do follow you on Instagram Marketman! I enjoy the photos but nothing beats the good old blog posts. I’m a lurker but have tried some of your recipes to varying results. Haha. Anyway, I hope to read more of your posts soon. God bless you and your family. :)

    Feb 17, 2016 | 6:04 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Acck, Sarah, which recipes were evil?

    Feb 17, 2016 | 6:20 pm

  4. Kasseopeia says:

    Those strawberries are simply BEAUTIFUL, almost no white parts at all!

    Fruit and cheese is good on its own; even better on a bed of greens – mostly to assuage the guilt of paring the salad with slab bacon (as I am wont to do). Harhar!

    Feb 17, 2016 | 7:06 pm

  5. Marvien R. De Leon says:

    Yes! Welcome back, Marketman!

    Feb 17, 2016 | 9:13 pm

  6. EbbaBlue says:

    Gave me idea. Just picked some strawberries yesterday, and has a bagful of organic young spinach. Add some mandarin oranges, wow .. salad!! Oops, sprinkle with some pecans and dried mangoes.

    Feb 17, 2016 | 9:28 pm

  7. Natie says:

    So happy you’re back. I need to go on a salad-diet. This one would be delicious. Like EbbaBlue, I’d add nuts.

    Feb 17, 2016 | 9:50 pm

  8. sarah says:

    Oh no marketman! lol. My cooking skills are evil, not your recipes. I appreciate your take on regional dishes so I’m mostly trying those as well as the simple dishes that don’t intimidate me. hehe.

    Feb 17, 2016 | 11:13 pm

  9. Betchay says:

    Yes, same sentiments with Sarah….nothing beats the old blog :) but we do understand how busy you are now.

    This salad looks delicious!

    Feb 18, 2016 | 12:21 am

  10. ami says:

    Yey! A new post. I occasionally sneak a peak at your instagram but prefer your blog over it.

    Feb 18, 2016 | 8:54 am

  11. alexishyne says:

    i agree with sarah. this is really different

    Feb 18, 2016 | 3:29 pm

  12. Rachiel says:

    Finally a post! I agree, a blogpost is still very different from an Instagram post. I hope to see more of you here :)

    Feb 18, 2016 | 5:04 pm

  13. EJ says:

    Nice to see you blogging again.

    Feb 19, 2016 | 7:28 am

  14. Cora says:

    Spinach and strawberry salad is always a hit for potlucks. I usually see this on display at Whole Foods here in our town during summer. A healthy and colorful combination without compromising the taste.

    Feb 19, 2016 | 8:22 am

  15. wendy says:

    Welcome back Mr. MM I occasionally look at your Instagram posts but I most enjoy your blog posts

    Feb 20, 2016 | 1:03 pm

  16. lea says:

    Yes! Welcome back! I follow you on Instagram but nothing beats reading your blog :-D

    Feb 22, 2016 | 10:29 am

  17. Agnes Guzman says:

    I’ve missed you, Marketman! Keep your posts coming!

    Feb 23, 2016 | 1:42 pm


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