Grape, shiitake “bacon”, arugula salad is refreshing! A delicious combination of the sweetness of the grapes, the pepper from the arugula, the tang of the goat cheese and the crispness of the shiitake “bacon” mushrooms.
Since we made that Baked Shiitake “Bacon” Mushroom we have become addicted to it. I thought creating a salad that would have the combination of my favorite ingredients from salty to sweet would be so satisfying! I love salads that contains fruits, cheese and any nuts. We added radish to give it a more peppery flavor and a sherry walnut vinaigrette. It was delicious!!
I feel that January and the middle of February are such boring months. After the overdose of pumpkin, butternut, Christmas food, sauces, it seems there’s nothing to cook. I think January is the kind of month to go back to “reality”, to diets, and find yourself back in your normal routine.
I read this article in New York Times “At Some Restaurants in China, a Shortcut to Addictive Food: Poopies” that surprised me!. Apparently a chain restaurant has added poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food. Another article that I read was regarding the “World’s Best Chef Benoit Violier Dies Aged 44” … so sad!! You never know what battles others may be fighting, right?! I can’t even imagine how stressful and the long hours that it takes to build a career to be the best chef in the world. If you work or worked in the food industry before you know what I am talking about.
- Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette
- ½ c. Walnut oil
- ¼ c. Sherry vinegar
- 2 T. Honey
- 1 T. Minced shallots
- 3 tsp. Fresh tarragon, chopped
- 2 tsp. Fresh chives, chopped
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 3 cups arugula
- 1 radish
- 1 cup halved grapes
- 1 cup shiitake "bacon" mushroom
- Goat cheese
- Salad Dressing
- In a medium bowl combine shallots, vinegar, salt, pepper, and honey.
- Whisk well.
- Whisk in a slow stream the walnut oil until emulsified.
- Add herbs and adjust for seasoning.
- Toss all the ingredients in a big bowl.
- Add the salad dressing.
- Adjust salt and pepper.
Beijos e Tchau!