If you live in NYC, you might have seen the hordes of people flocking to an unknown location on Monday evening. Dressed to the nines in white, lugging tables and chairs, usually following someone who was also dressed in white. You might have wondered where they were going. Well, I'm here to let you in on a (now well known) secret: We were all going to Diner en Blanc.
Every year, the Diner en Blanc flashmob/dinner party pops up in a new location around New York City. First held in Paris, the dinner now takes place in a handful of cities around the globe. Diners must dress in white, bring their own tables and chairs and spend the night dining on their own picnic basket or a picnic basket purchased at the event. White napkins are waved, champagne is popped, and dancing always follows. It's a fancy, fun affair for anyone who can grab a spot when the tickets open up each year. Honestly, the most hectic part of the whole thing wasn't even making the trek to the site (but my boyfriend and I did get a pretty good glow on the walk over), it was finding a place to purchase chairs and a table for the event - within the all white specifications. Plan ahead and you can rent supplies from party rentals in Queens and Brooklyn.
The event is relatively inexpensive at $35 per guest , especially if you DIY your own picnic basket. We did just that, throwing together some simple stuff like a meat and cheese plate, salmon fillets with a verde sauce, and this perfect late summer salad. I bought everything for the salad, transported it to the event, and then cut and assembled it there! The nectarines are sweet and crunchy against the zing of the basil and the juicy heirloom tomatoes. It's the perfect way to cool off, and it only takes a few minutes to throw together.
Heirloom Tomato, Nectarine, Basil, & Feta Summer Salad
Enough for two with some leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
1 or 2 Large Heirloom Tomatoes
2 Nectarine or White Peach
1 Handful of Basil
A few tablespoons of Feta or Ricotta
- Cut tomatoes and nectarines into slices. Arrange on plate or in bowl.
- Julienne basil and sprinkle on top.
- Top with Feta or other cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Dig in!
The $$$ Breakdown
This is a seriously inexpensive salad - especially if you can buy everything from your local farmer's market since it's all in season right now! I maybe spent $5 on the whole thing, bringing this to a grand total of $2.50 per person! You can play around with other additions like prosciutto to make it an entree salad for one as well!
Bon Appetit fellow Diner en Blanc-ers! See you there next year!
Recipe and Photography by Lauren Durden