A salad is the easiest and most creative dish one can quickly rustle up. There are no ‘prescriptives’ and you don’t need to be a culinary genius to get the right mix of flavours and textures. In fact, I create the recipes for my salads while I’m walking down the fresh food aisle, so it rarely happens that I recreate the exact same salad twice.
This Pear and Grape salad is perfect for a lazy lunch on an early-summer’s day… and it will probably provide you with 2 of your five-a-day.
Baby spinach leaves
One semi-ripe pear
Dark purple grapes (taste them in the supermarket and find the sweetest variety)
A semi-ripe avocado
Avocado or Olive Oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Mozzarella or a strong mature Cheddar cheese
Half a cup of croutons
Halve the grapes, peel the avocado and slice into thin pieces, dice the pear into chunky cubes and break the cheese into bite-sized clumps. Toss everything together and drizzle with oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. For an extra bit of bite you can also add a cheeky pinch of cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with croutons.
What I like about this salad is its texture and the mixture of flavours – the sweet grapes against the soft oily avocados, crunchy pear cubes and rich hazelnuttiness of the smooth cheddar pieces melting in your mouth… Delicious!!!
Enjoy the salad with a Viognier. This dry white wine has the perfect combination of floral and fruit aromas to triumphantly end the symphony that is about to explode in your mouth.
Indulge a little bit!
Image: FR Lubbe, Little Red Shoes
Recipe: FR Lubbe, Little Red Shoes