Monday, March 24, 2008

Taste & Create

I’ve discovered this delicious salad recipe thanks to Nicole from For the Love of Food blog. Nicole has been hosting a food blog event Taste and Create, in which participants are paired together to try out a recipe from each other's blogs. Nicole has paired me with Johnny from Le Petit Kitchen blog. The blog was created only a month ago, so there weren't many recipes to choose. What’s made the choice even harder is that in most of the recipes there are no exact quantities of ingredients given. I’ve opted for salad as this is the kind of recipe in which you don’t really need exact quantities. Besides, making more salads was one of my New Year’s resolutions this year. Since I haven’t posted even one salad recipe on my blog yet, I thought this food blog event is just a perfect opportunity to start making some. The salad came out really delicious, light and very refreshing. I was actually surprised how well all the different flavors blended together. I’ll definitely make it again :)

Notes to the recipe: The original recipe (which can be found here) asked for blood oranges, but I used mandarin oranges instead; I also omitted the dill and used less lemon juice for the vinaigrette.

Californian Salad with Fruit and Goat Cheese

mandarin orange
goat cheese

pistachios, roughly chopped

balsamic vinegar

lemon juice
olive oil
dill (optional)

1. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until thick . Remove from the heat and let cool.
2. Tear the lettuce into small pieces.
Cut the pears and oranges, crumble the goat cheese.
To make the vinaigrette mix olive oil with lemon juice and dill.
Place the pears, oranges, crumbled goat cheese, and lettuce in a big bowl and toss gently.
Transfer the salad to plates, drizzle with some of the vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar.
Garnish with pistachios. Serve.

* I made vinaigreette using 1 part of oil to 4 parts of lemon.

Przepis po polsku:
Sałatka kalifornijska z owocami i kozim serem


Anonymous said...

Very beautiful, very clean great way to start a meal or day. =)

Danielle said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! For some reason my Babci always dropped the "a" at the end of the word Babcia so I've always gotten used to spelling it that way! Kind of like my explanation for using "Jaj" instead of the correct way...also why I apologized for butchering the Polish language! I'll be looking through your blog to see what recipes I can try out--since my grandmother passed a few years back it isn't often that we eat Polish food now so I'm trying to learn as much as I can so that my children will be able to know their heritage. Thanks for visiting again! :)