Sunday, January 11, 2009

Chèvre, Berries & Sun Dried Tomato Salad

I was really craving the Duck Salad from 4th and Vine yesterday, and as luck would have it I had everything (I think) that I needed in my fridge. I can't claim that this is exactly the same, but it was certainly pretty close. The absolute best part about this salad is the way the majority of the toppings are hidden inside, though I suppose it's less of a surprise when I place it there myself. It looks like a small side salad, but it is packed with goodness! Served with Earl Grey Smoked Duck, it was almost as good as the real thing.

4th & Vine Salad:
salad greens or spinach
pecans or walnuts

sun dried tomatoes
oil from sun dried tomatoes
(or olive oil)
balsamic vinegar

I didn't really make measurements on the dressing, just whizzed them in the food processor and added a little sugar to take the edge off the vinegar. If I had to guess, I'd say maybe 1 1/2 tablespoons of sun dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of oil, and a couple of teaspoons vinegar - I just kept adding a little of each until it was to my preference. This is a very strong dressing, and a little goes a long way. I tossed the greens in a few teaspoons of the dressing, then added the toppings.

Next time, I think I will spring for the dried blueberries that were in the salad when we went, as they were sweeter than my blackberries. Though that could just be because they're out of season!

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