Gentle Readers, as promised, The Practical Cook went into the test kitchen with a block of her new cheese of choice, Sartori Balsamic Bellavitano, and emerged with a salad. A green salad. Playing on Waldorf salad, with no mayo, here’s the simple recipe.
Sartori Salad with Apples and Walnuts Recipe
1 bag of butter lettuce (thank you Trader Joe’s)
a few ounces of Sartori Balsamic Bellavitano cut into very small cubes
1 Honeycrisp or Fuji apple, cut into a small dice
a handful of walnuts, toasted lightly (aka, microwaved on a plate for 30 seconds, works like a charm)
good balsamic vinegar
good olive oil
1. Select a favorite salad bowl or plate, or a few of them.
2. Put lettuce in or on said bowl or plate.
3. Top with cheese, apple, and walnuts, in proportions of your choosing.
4. Drizzle a bit of olive oil, then balsamic, on the salad.
Yes, it’s that easy. This is one to let the ingredients do the talking, and you just get out of the way. The cheese is salty, the nuts crunchy and oily, and the apples crisp and sweet-tart. Butter lettuce just takes it all in, neither interrupting with its own crunch nor asserting it’s green flavor profile, a fitting medium for these other bossy flavors.
Approved by the entire Practical Cook Team, try it and see what you think.
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