As readers of my blog, you have already probably guessed I love my food, however when it comes to portions, in particularly starters, I prefer something a bit lighter, but still tasty!
This is one of those simple, throw together starters that tastes great and can be easily scaled up or down accordingly, you could add some fresh bread to turn into something heartier.
Last Saturday, at the BBC Good Food show, I picked up some Cornish Blue cheese and was pleasantly surprised by its mild flavour, considering how 'Blue' it appeared to be! Its creamy, smooth and delicious, this is the star of this salad but you could choose any blue you enjoy, am sure something like Dolcellate here would be also good!
These quantities made a small plate for 3 people, though as mentioned above you can scale accordingly
Arrange as desired the following:
1 Granny smith apple, cored and sliced into thin pieces
2 Wedges Cornish Blue or similar cheese, per person
Handful of mixed herby salad leaves - mine was from a bag of organic Watercress, Rocket and baby spinach
2 tbsp lightly crushed walnut pieces
To make the dressing, mix together the following and dress the salad at the last minute, serve immediately
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 tbsp EVOO
pinch white pepper and sea salt
2 tsp good Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
The slightly sweet dressing compliments the other flavours really well and
I hope you enjoy it!