Thursday, June 18, 2009

Leafy Green Salad with Brie and Honey Mustard Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Treading water has never really been my thing. I honestly dislike putting in so much effort, but not really going anywhere. It's where we are now - treading water and not going anywhere. Waiting! Waiting to see if the ultimatum presented by Tom shakes his bosses awake. They asked for time to confer and find a solution. And we comply - putting everything on hold. But deep inside we know the decision we want to take. Even though we are torn between an opportunity of a lifetime and taking a risk, we really just want to finally settle down and "come home". We are using this experience to reassess our thoughts and priorities.


Do we really want to go ahead with the move now? Knowing that it stands on shaky grounds - we tend towards a "not really!" But then "It's what we wanted - so are we not the risk takers we thought we are?"

Amongst all these thoughts I see the positive - how strong the bond between Tom and me is. I write this with a smile on my face because there really is nothing like a crisis to show you how strong the putty is that holds a partnership together. So, whatever happens I know that with him on my side we are stronger - unbeatable really!

While we wait, we are taking each day with a positive stride. Friends and colleagues are supporting and motivating us so much that I am often left speechless and that is saying something - I am never lost for words! I am also overwhelmed by the unconditional support my blog family are providing. Everyday I have emails in my mailbox from so many of you telling me to hang in there, sending me prayers and wishes and offering advice - it's so touching that I often end up with tears in my eyes.

I have been very open on this space and many a time I have wondered if it is always the right thing to do. But then this blog is more than just a recipe or a photography blog, it's a part of me. The things that bog me down or what lift me up are things I want to share. And you allow me to do this with open ears and comforting shoulders. Thank you!

Admittedly when I am under stress or feeling low, I tend to rely on the sweeter side of the food pyramid. Ice-creams, chocolates and cakes seem to offer sanctuary for my nerves for a short time. However, I need to get back into control and am changing my eating habits of the past few days. Fresh salads are a great way to get started and at this time of year I am always happy to serve a variety of exciting leafy salads. Baby spinach, rucola, tat soy, escarole and mâche are just some of the leaves I have used in this salad. Complementing the leafy salad is cubes of brie cheese and pine nuts, but the real star is the eccentric honey mustard and raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.Meeta Recipe Cardgreen salad

Leafy Green Salad with Brie and Honey Mustard Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Printable version of recipe here.

Ingredients

Salad

A few handfuls of leafy greens: baby spinach, rucola, mâche, tat soy, mixed mustard greens and escarole
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
200g fresh Brie cheese, cut into cubes
150g pine nuts, roasted

Vinaigrette

1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
2 tablespoons olive oil

Freshly cracked pepper
Fleur de sel

Method

  1. Prepare the salad leaves by washing in plenty of cold water. Give the leaves a good twirl in a salad spinner to dry of access water. The leaves can also be dried by spreading on a tea towel and patting dry.
  2. Arrange the mixed greens in individual salad bowls, divide the brie cubes amongst each bowl and sprinkle with roasted pin nuts.
  3. To prepare the vinaigrette, heat the vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan until the honey dissolves. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in the mustard, preserves and olive oil. Season to taste with pepper and fleur de sel.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette generously over the salad greens and serve immediately.

 

 


Verdict

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Always a winner! The combination of sweet, tangy and sharp drizzled on fresh green leaves is purely refreshing. Add to that a touch of elegant creaminess and you have one classy salad star. Granted the vinaigrette is might be slightly unusual with the raspberry preserve but it’s just this little secret that makes the difference. Try it!

This month’s No Croutons Required is focusing on all things leafy. Jacqueline wants us to share soups and salads that feature a leafy vegetable. Here is my contribution.

You might like these leafy dishes from WFLH:

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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Avocado Spinach Soup with Coconut milk and Chicken Peas and Lettuce Salad

 


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26 comments :

  1. A wonderful salad! Mouthwatering!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. This salad just sings! I love the sweetness.

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  3. This is one georgous looking salad: I love that lovely dressing!

    Yum Yum Yum!!

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  4. Perfect for the event! Looks delicious!

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  5. Mmmm I love leafy greens. So healthy! And brie is probably one of my favorite things in the world!

    Sues

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  6. Well this is a great way to keep reassessing your options Meeta-eat your greens! I do love that dressing!

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  7. The vinaigrette sounds yumm Meeta!
    And I am glad you are finding positive vibes amidst all the confusion :) Hugs :)

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  8. i recently discovered the yumminess of brie and have been eating it with crackers for snacks ever since :)

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  9. A beautiful salad and exciting dressing! It is inspiring to read of the strong bond you have with your husband and it will surely all work out in the end. Wishing your family the best.

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  10. It's so true that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Sometimes, I'm really amazed at all my husband has managed to handle with me. I've been through some huge health hurdles and just the fact that he was there and never folded means so much...

    Salad looks delicious, Meeta! Raspberry jam is delicious in dressings. Glad to hear that you're remaining positive. You're in my thoughts and prayers, dear.

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  11. I know what u are going thru, I am going thru something similar... kinda.. my hubby travels and is home just for the weekend, hardly that... he's been doing this for about 9 months now. It was a tough decision for us, specially as I would be home alone with my 3 month old... but u gotta do , what u gotta do!! I know ur situation is different, but, for what it is worth, hang in there.
    I have never tried brie... time I did! Hugs..

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  12. Totally agree it is in real difficult times that you know you strngth and your bond with you partner.
    Onz of the cheeses i love is brie and his salade looks super yumm.

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  13. I like your new redesigned blog. I think you deserve Beautiful Blog award :))))

    http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=7020

    I will add you to the list of Beautiful Blogs shortly.

    Margot

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  14. A Beautiful Bowl full of Fresh:-) Good luck Meeta, hang on there.

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  15. Meeta, an elegant, simple salad with fine ingredients and not overly dressed. Brie helps alot too!

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  16. Gorgeous, light salad. Hope things work out for you just the way you want them.

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  17. Oh man, I thought for a second I was going to see a pyramid of ice cream and chocolate cake! Hee hee hee. No, I know exactly what you mean. Thinking about how awesome they are (and how pretty too!) makes salads almost as enjoyable. I'm glad you still have a positive outlook. We'll listen to whatever you want to say on the blog! :)

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  18. I bet this salad is always a winner. I have been eating a lot of salads lately and this is definitely one I want to try this summer.

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  19. Hi Meeta,

    I am sure things will work out in the end and for the best as well.

    All the best!

    Love your Blogs and Recipes.

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  20. Meeta, this is just heavenly! I'm delighted you were able to send something to our event this month. Thanks so much and take care.

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  21. Beautiful, beautiful salad Meeta! Thank you for entering it and good luck.

    I hope things work out for you well, soon :)

    Jacqueline
    :)

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  22. Oooh, I have some brie in my refrigerator right now!

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  23. I love the combination of flavors in this dressing. I could see adding a bit of pomegranate molasses, too.

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  24. so glad that this salad is meeting everyone's tastes. the dressing is incredible and i make it ion several variations! enjoy!

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  25. The salad looks lovely..The combination of a cheese like Brie and Balsamic Vinaigrette should taste perfect.
    I am a new blogger and I have been following your blog since I started my blog a month back and I should say,your blog is one of my favorites.It is such an awe inspiring blog..:)

    Have fun:)
    Shri

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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Meeta