Lately, all I’ve wanted to eat is warm food. Soup, stew, pho, chili, lentils, pasta, you name it. The weather changes and I’m instantly drawn to comfort food. Unfortunately, this means that salad is far from my mind. I want those lackluster greens as far away from me as possible! We spent too much time together during the summer. But Dan, who is a rabbit, worships salad and feels lost without it. He loves vegetables in general, unlike me, so I suggested that every week we explore a vegetable and learn some new recipes, to hopefully satisfy my very particular palette. Last weekend we picked up some endive and radicchio with no real plan, but luckily Martha Stewart had some good ideas.
I came across a recipe for bitter greens with green apple and goat cheese toasts that sounded refreshing and new. Even though the recipe called for frisee I figured the endive and radicchio would still work with the other flavors, especially the tart but sweet green apple, the creamy goat cheese, and addictive vinegar, shallot, and mustard dressing. Honestly, the best part of the entire salad was the dressing. I’ve been so bored with the balsamic based dressings we’ve been using, so I was super excited to try this one that actually has many of my favorite flavors – all of which popped in my mouth. No joke. I’ve never experienced so much depth in a salad dressing. And I’m not going to say I know a lot about food because I don’t but Dan and I were both really feeling this dressing. Ha, as you can tell – I’m gushing over salad dressing people!
I’d still like to try the salad with frisee for authenticity but I’m glad we experimented. Other variations include: substitute roasted red peppers in place of the green apple, use mixed greens instead of bitter greens and a nice blue cheese instead of goat, or throw in some grilled chicken to make it a full meal.
Do you have a recipe for veggies or dressing you’d like to share? Leave a comment below. :)