Beet and Roquefort Salad with a Honey Dressing

 

Beet and Roquefort Salad with a Honey Dressing

Summers in Ticino are becoming increasingly warmer, and my diet lately has been made of salads, spare ribs (the only meat I still truly enjoy), and more salads. Continue reading

I’ve been consuming loads of vegetables with chickpeas, beans, and lentils, but for once I wanted something with a stronger taste, and this beet and Roquefort salad with a honey dressing is the result. The sweetness of the honey dressing, and the beetroot contrast the powerful taste of Roquefort. For the texture I dry roasted a few buckwheat grains, with the arugula they make up the crunchy side of the recipe, while for the softness there’s the cooked root and the cheese. This is something I would easily serve during a dinner with friends, either as a starter, or as a side.

Beet and Roquefort Salad with a Honey Dressing

Beet and Roquefort Salad with a Honey Dressing

 

Beet and Roquefort Salad with a Honey Dressing

 

Recipe for 3-4

Prep time: 15 min

 

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. buckwheat

200 g peeled cooked beetroots

50 g arugula

60 g Roquefort

 

Dressing:

1.5 tbsp. runny honey

1.5 tbsp. white wine vinegar

1.5 tbsp. rapeseed oil

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

In a pan toast the buckwheat on a medium fire for 4-5 min, shake pan regularly. Remove from pan once they’re crunchy and fragrant.

Cut the beetroot into chunks of about 2 cm. On a serving plate, alternate the arugula leaves, the beetroot pieces, the buckwheat grains, and crumble the Roquefort on top.

In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the dressing, and drizzle on top of the salad.

Chicken Salad with Radishes Walnuts and a Goat Cheese Dressing – Salade de Poulet Radis et Noix Avec Vinaigrette au Fromage de Chèvre

Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing I like my once a week lunch moment with my mother because we like the same flavours and light, simple dishes. Continue reading

Last week, before I left for my weekend I had time to meet up with her and made this salad. As I prepared lunch I began thinking that I’m glad that in the past few years I have rediscovered radishes as an ingredient. I told my mother that the only other time in my life I had them regularly was as a child. I would eat them with just a little salt and I used to find them delicious. If I was a bit peckish before a meal that would be one allowed snack. I used to be a chubby kid anyway but at least I was healthy one. All this was before I became anorexic at the age of twelve where radishes only could have been a lunch. But this is another story… In this recipe I like the spicy kick and crunchiness radishes have; they go really well with the creamy goat cheese dressing and the walnuts. This salad with a piece of bread makes a light but complete meal.Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

 

Chicken Salad with Radishes, Walnuts and a Goat Cheese Dressing

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 6-8 min

Ingredients

For the salad:

4 chicken breasts

2 tbsp olive oil

8 radishes

1-2 spring onions

12 walnut kernels dry roasted

 

For the dressing:

2.5 tbsp fresh goat cheese

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Thinly slice the radishes and spring onion(s). Roughly chop the walnuts.

For the dressing mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Cut the chicken into 2 cm chunks and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan and place the chicken bits to brown on all sides.

In a bowl combine the radishes, spring onion, lambs lettuce, walnuts and chicken. Pour over the dressing, toss and serve with some fresh bread.

 

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Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese DressingJ’aime mon une fois par semaine moment du midi avec ma mère parce que on a les mêmes gouts et on apprécie les plats simples et légers. La semaine dernière que je parte pour mon weekend on a eu le temps de se voir et j’ai préparé cette salade. Pendant que je préparais le repas j’ai pensé que j’étais contente d’avoir redécouvert ce légume ces dernières années. J’ai dit à ma mère que la seule autre fois dans ma vie ou j’en mangeais régulièrement c’était étant enfant. Je les mangeais toujours avec un peu de sel et je les adorais.  Si j’avais faim avant un repas ça c’était un des petits snack autorisés. J’était de toute façon une petite fille bien ronde mais au moins j’étais en bonne santé. Tout ça c’était avant que je devienne anorexique à l’age de douze ans ou que des radis auraient pu être mon repas. Mais ça c’est une autre histoire… Dans cette recette j’aime le côté un peu piquant e la consistance croquante du radis ; ils vont très bien avec la vinagrette au fromage de chèvre et les noix. Avec un peu de pain, cette salade constitue un repas de midi léger mais complet.

Chicken Radish and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

Salade de Poulet Radis et Noix Avec Vinaigrette au Fromage de Chèvre

Recette pour 4

Temps de préparation: 15 min

Temps de cuisson: 6-8 min

 

Ingrédients

Pour la salade:

4 poitrines de poulet

8 radis

1-2 oignons nouveaux

12 cerneaux de noix grillées à sec

Pour la vinaigrette:

2.5 cs fromage frais de chèvre

3 cs vinaigre de vin blanc

4 cs huile d’olive

1 cs eau

Sel et poivre

 

Recette

Couper en fines tranches les radis et le(s) oignon(s) nouveau(x). Hacher grossièrement le noix.

Pour la vinaigrette mélanger tous les ingrédients et mettre de côté.

Couper en morceaux de environ 2 centimètres le poulet et les assaisonner avec du sel et du poivre. Chauffer 2 cs d’huile d’olive dans une poêle et y mettre le poulet à dorer de tout les côtés.

Dans un bol mettre les radis, les oignons nouveaux, la mâche, les noix et le poulet. Verser la vinaigrette par-dessus. Mélanger et servir avec un bon pain frais.

 

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing / Salade de Printemps au Quinoa avec Vinaigrette à la Ricotta

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons I’ve been into asparagus the whole month but this recipe is something I have already been  making about three times over the last couple of weeks. Continue reading

The most memorable I had this dish was when I could watch the view of the blossoming trees from my terrace  with some light music in the background… just relaxing and delightful. I love the freshness of this recipe and it’s a good idea for a light lunch with some fibre. The main theme in this recipe is spring’s ingredients: asparagus, peas and wild garlic. I enjoyed this salad on my terrace in this mild weather on my terrace…

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and RamsonsSpring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons

 

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing 

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time : 10 min

Cook time : 10 min

 

Ingredients

240 g quinoa

20 asparagus stalks

160 g fresh peas

4 tbsp chopped wild garlic

1-2 sliced spring onions

 

For the dressing:

100 g ricotta cheese

1.2 dl lemon juice (8tbsp)

1.2 dl olive oil (8tbsp)

Zest of one lemon

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

To make the dressing mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Remove the woodier part of the asparagus and with what’s left cut them at an angle into pieces of about 3 cm long.

Place the quinoa in a pan with about two times its volume in water and boil on a low heat for 10 min.

In another pan bring water to a boil add the asparagus for about 3 min. After 1-2 min add the peas to the water.  Remove the vegetables from the pan and place them in icy water.

Add the vegetables to the quinoa with the dressing the spring onions and the wild garlic. Toss and serve.

 

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Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons

 

J’ai bien profité des asperges pendant tout le mois mais cette recette je l’ai faite au moins deux à trios fois ces dernières trois semaines. La meilleure que j’ai dégusté ce plat c’était sur le midi, sur ma terrasse entrain de regarder le arbres entrain de fleurir, avec un peu de musique et en regardant le paysage… un moment juste relaxant et délicieux.  J’aime surtout la fraîcheur de cette recette, surtout pendant le déjeuner. J’ai beaucoup aimé la fraîcheur de cette assiette et c’est une bonne idée pour un repas léger avec une bonne dose de fibres. Le thème de cette recette sont surtout les ingrédients du printemps :asperges, petit-pois et de l’ail des ours.

 

Spring Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Dressing and Ramsons

 

Salade de Quinoa de Printemps et Vinaigrette à la Ricotta 

 

Recette pour 4

Temps de preparation: 10 min

Temps de cuisson: 10 min

 

Ingrédients

240 g quinoa

20 asperges

160 g petit pois frais

4 cs ail des ours haché

1-2 oignons nouveaux coupés en lamelles

 

Pour la vinaigrette:

100 g ricotta

1.2 dl jus de citron (8 cs)

1.2 dl huile d’olive (8 cs)

Zeste de 1 citron

Sel et poivre

 

Recette

 

Pour faire la vinaigrette mélangez tous les ingrédients et mettre de côté.

Enlevez la partie ligneuse des asperges et les couper à un angle en pièces de environ 3 cm.

Placez le quinoa dans une casserole avec deux fois sa quantité en eau et cuire à feu bas pendant 10 min.

Porter à ébullition de l’eau dans une autre casserole et ajouter les asperges pendant  environ 3 min. Après 1-2 min ajouter les petit pois. Sortir les légumes la casserole et les mettre dans un bain glacé.

Ajouter les légumes au quinoa avec la vinaigrette les oignons nouveaux et l’ail des ours. Mélanger et servir.

 

 

 

Cabbage and Apple Salad with Honey Dressing

Cabbage and Apple Salad with Honey Dressing 3In Ticino this is the low tourism season and with the cold, all the grottoes are closed until spring. I miss them, and I miss one in particular: the grotto Lafranchi in Coglio which a couple villages away from where I live. Continue reading

I have already mentioned this place but since I cannot go there at the moment I wanted to try to make this cabbage and apple salad. This salad is part of a dish served with a venison tartar and even if it was in the first course in the autumn menu I found it more than enough. So the grotto is closed but I can still have their food. Tonight I’m going out with a couple of friends to the ice skating ring they have set up in the Piazza Grande in Locarno; around the ring is a bunch of stands and one of them is occupied by Davide and his chef Carlo from the grotto. Last week we got there too late and it was closed so this time I hope we can make it. Anyway, ice skating is not really in our plans…

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Cabbage and Apple Salad with Honey Dressing

 

Prep time: 10 min

Recipe for 2

 

Ingredients:

250 g shredded cabbage

1 apple

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cider vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp roasted walnuts

 

Recipe:

Peel the apple, cut it into four parts and core. Take each piece and cut it lengthways into four. Turn the apple quart and slice into 0.5 thick pieces. Add to the cabbage.

Chop the walnuts and add ¾ to the salad.

In a bowl mix together the honey, the vinegar, the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the cabbage and apple and blend well. Place on a serving plate and sprinkle with the remaining walnuts. Serve with crusty bread or game and why not some cheese…

Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary DressingIt’s always nice when spring comes and you can find more and more varieties of vegetables that don’t come from another continent where they have probably travelled for weeks. It’s asparagus season and I can’t find any reason not to enjoy it. I love the classic combination of asparagus and egg, but it’s always nice to taste and try out other combinations too. This week decided I’d have my asparagus with a tangy vinaigrette and a little cheese to make it richer.
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The ancient Greeks and Romans already used the technique of mixing vinegar and oil to dress vegetables. The term ‘vinaigrette’ came much later. In the English language, it was in 1699 that John Evelin is thought to be the first to write about the cold sauce in his book Acetaria (source: http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/SaladDressing/Vinaigrette-History.htm ).


Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary Dressing

Recipe for 2 people:

Prep.Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 5 min

 


Ingredients:

400g asparagus

3tsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 garlic clove

1tsp rosemary leaves

1 ½ tbsp hazelnut oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp gruyere flakes

1 ½ tbsp dry roasted hazelnuts


Recipe:

 

Heat a griddle pan or if you don’t have one use a normal non stick pan.

Pour 2 tsp of olive oil on the asparagus and make sure they are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper.

Place the asparagus in the heated pan and let them colour for 3-6 min (this will depend on the size of the asparagus). Turn the asparagus on the other side and brown for another 3-6 min.

In a blender put the peeled garlic clove with the rosemary and mix. Place the blended ingredients in a bowl and add the hazelnut oil, the tsp of olive oil, the balsamic vinegar and the salt and pepper. Mix.

Roughly chop the hazelnuts.

Plate the asparagus and while it is still warm pour the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle over the cheese flakes and the chopped hazelnuts. Serve with some fresh bread.