Goatcheese salad with walnuts and pear
I sit on my chair. Well ok, more truthfully, I lie on the couch. There is still a faint smell of chocolate lingering in the air that makes me slightly nauseous. Too much chocolate in too little time cannot be good for a person. It’s been baking galore here; if not for our selves or for our friends I have been baking cupcakes for a client or shooting other cakes and cookies for another client. And no, not Christmas anymore. We have moved on to spring pictures already. It’s almost as bad as shooting for fashion although for that we are now in fall 2012 season. I can hardly remember what season we really have on hand!
In the midst of all that Christmas chaos I sometimes just need to get away from all the overly sweet or overly festive dishes that tend to dominate the december month. I feel more like eating fruit all day or enjoying a really tasty and simple salad. Because let’s face it; do you really need yet another recipe for a simple goatcheese salad? I always think that everyone already knows how to make a quick (but delicious) salad like this, but in case you do not know; Below is the recipe written out for you.
Goatcheese salad with pear and walnuts
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
- 150g goatcheese
- 60ml walnut oil (plus extra for greasing the cheese)
- 6 slices bread (walnut bread is really good here, but you can use any stale or fresh bread you have left over)
- 80ml olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 handfuls salad leaves (radicchio is really nice here but use whatever salad leaves you like best. I've used rocket here and lamb's lettuce as that was available)
- 150 g watercress
- 1 pear (make sure it is a ripe pear)
- 60g walnuts (chopped and roasted)
Everyone has a version of this classic salad, and there are probably as many variations out there as people but still... this one's good too!
Recipe from Delicious cookbook by Valli Little
It’s nothing new, but it is incredibly delicious and using homemade croutons does make it better. Making your croutons from walnut bread or a really good sourdough bread will make this simple salad even a little bit more special. You can use whatever saladleaves you have on hand right now. Radicchio would have been nice but couldn’t be found, so we used a combination of rocket, watercress and lamb’s lettuce that we could find. After having lunch with such a delicious salad, I feel lighter, healthier and ready to tackle the next Christmas task at hand; figuring out on how earth to prepare an entire turkey!