Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Best Salad EVER

As part of Brenda's birthday dinner last night, I made the following salad. We were both amazed by its magnificence...
  • Baby spinach and red leaf lettuce (2/3 of pre-washed bag)
  • 2 diced saladette tomatos
  • 2 ounces chevre, crumbled
  • A couple tablespoons crumbled bacon (real bacon, not the fake stuff)
  • A handful of croutons
All the above tossed with the following salad dressing:
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 ounces ham, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
Saute ham, onion, and garlic until all are well caramelized. Then puree in a blender or food processor with the following:
  • 1 cup cheap white wine
  • 1/2 cup cider vinnegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup egg white (patuerized, please)
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, cracked pepper, and red pepper flake
  • 1/2 cup honey

After that is well combined, slowly add 1-2 cups olive and/or vegetable oil (while the device is running) to emulsify.

I cannot convey how well this salad worked... The honey/ham flavors from the dressing and bacon work wonders with the spinach, and the chevre, tomato, and croutons provide wondrous textural contrast. And you can't really go wrong with anything using chevre, can you?


At 5:25 PM, Blogger brenda said...

yeah, Zac makes waaaaaay good salad dressings--and the goat cheese was a mighty fine addition


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