Arugula Radicchio Bay Blue Salad

A salad of traditionally more bitter greens dressed in a sweet lime dressing paired with creamy blue cheese and ripe pears. A salad that is crunchy and has bitter and sweet overtones with a creamy finish. 

Ingredients

5 ounces arugula*

1/2 head radicchio chopped

1 pear sliced or cubes

1/2 C blue cheese(Point Reyes Bay Blue)*

Dressing

1/2 C olive oil

1/4 C lime juice

1/2 C fro age

4 t maple syrup(real)

1/2 C fromage Blanca or sour cream

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t red pepper flakes

Directions

Dressing

Place  ingredients into salad dressing shaker and emulsify by shaking. Set aside

Salad

Place arugula and radicchio in salad bowl. Add pears and blue cheese. Drizzle dressing toss and serve.

Notes

Pecans or bacon crumbles added are a complimentary addition.

*Our groceries have an abundance of organic greens that are affordable, arugula being one.

*Point Reyes Bay Blue is a mild blue made from cows milk. It’s a cheese that pairs well with fruits like pears. As a substitute in the salad I would use a Roquefort or Gorgonzola. As an aside when traveling I like the Seattle International Airport because it has an artisan cheese shop that is called Beechers. Instead of spending time waiting for a flight I am sampling and buying cheese for my use or as gifts.

Roquefort Grape Spiced Walnut Salad

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Roquefort with sweet grapes, salty bacon, and spicy nuts in a green salad provide the pallet with a balance of flavors and textures

Ingredients

1 head baby romaine

1 head of butter lettuce

30 – 36  red seedless globe grapes halved

4 slices of bacon crumbled(optional)*

2/3 – 1 C Roquefort crumbled(Point Reyes Bay Blue)

2/3 C spiced walnuts*

Lemon garlic vinegarette

Directions

Serve 6

In large salad bowl rip romaine and butter lettuce into large pices. Add grapes, Roquefort, bacon, and walnuts.

Dress with lemon garlic vinegarette and serve.

Served with potato leek soup and olive bread.

Notes

*We used turkey bacon for less fat content

*Spiced walnuts or spiced pecans

Grapes went well with this Roquefort as it is creamy with a very mild blue cheese taste.

 

 

 

Date Treats

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 T milk

1 egg

1 t vanilla

1/2 t salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups Rice Krispies®

Sweetened coconut flakes

Directions

Melt butter in large skillet. Add sugar. dates, egg, salt, and vanilla and cook until thick. Remove from heat, add Rice Krispies and  walnuts.Cool slightly and hand shape into balls. Roll in coconut.

Serve.

Note: Goes well with blue cheese or Gorgonzola and grapes on a cheese tray.