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Wine Country Salad!

August 29, 2013

These last weeks of summer are bittersweet for me. I find myself literally talking to my summer fruit…kissing them goodbye one by one. Then I start incorporating them in every meal to give them the respect they deserve–juicy grapes, the sweet and chewy figs, the delicate flesh of nectarines. They all have a place in each meal, whether sweetening a bowl of Greek yogurt for breakfast, adding texture to my lunch salad, or as a side to some grilled fish for dinner. Today I want to share with you a salad that celebrates wine country–when the grapes and figs are at peak ripeness before they bid us farewell till next year. Add a glass of sparkling wine, maybe a crusty baguette, and you will be transported to a terrace in Napa Valley. This is best enjoyed with friends! 

2 cups salad greens (arugula, baby kale or spinach)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/2 cup purple grapes, sliced

2 figs, thinly sliced

1/3 cup goat cheese (the ones soaked in wine work best)

1/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey

salt and pepper to taste

Assemble fruits and vegetables on 2 plates.  Put dressing ingredients in a jar and shake, and toss with salad. Roll goat cheese into 1 inch balls and then roll in pistachios, top the salad with the goat cheese balls and serve. 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Hutter permalink
    August 29, 2013 1:23 pm

    Yum!!

  2. September 27, 2013 2:38 am

    I love how decorative that salad is. Looks fabulous.

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