Salad– Depending on the person it could be a disgusting mix of vegetables, a necessary side to every meal and/or a complete meal of its own. I am on page with the latter two. I LOVE salads. I love the basic lettuce, tomato and cucumber ones, and I love the fancy ones. Today I want to share two great salads from Food and Wine magazine that I’m currently obsessed with.
Sometimes Food and Wine recipes can be a little overwhelming for me. The ingredients are unique and not things I typically keep in my pantry. While I’m sure the exact recipe is delicious, I usually make amendments that better suit my wallet. Improvising is key in cooking. For this recipe the following substitutions or deletions can be made:
– You could sub bacon in for the pancetta
– I skipped the radicchio
– Parmesan, asiago or other cheese of choice could be used instead of Pecorino
– Pickle juice can replace the caper brine
– You could sub feta cheese in for goat cheese. I love goat cheese, but I forgot to get some at the grocery store the other day. I had feta in the fridge, and it totally worked in this salad. Both cheeses have a distinct taste, and I know a lot of people that don’t like either. Again, use a cheese that A. you like and B. compliments the other ingredients. I could see a hard Italian or Blue cheese working.
– The Asian pear was at my local grocery store, but if you can’t find one a Granny Smith apple or Bosc pear could also be used.
– Last night I added cut up Honey Baked Ham to this salad, to make it more of a meal. It was a success for sure.
Something to consider– Kale and Arugula are strong greens. Both have a distinct taste: kale has a cabbage undertone and arugula is bitter and peppery. FYI- kale is a super food, score one for healthy. I think these greens are ideal for the above recipes, but if you don’t like the taste of arugula and kale, spinach is a possible substitute for both salads. Though, I would definitely steer clear of romaine, butter, and ice berg lettuce.
Salads are a whole new world, and the possibilities are endless. It’s no longer a mundane starter or side dish. Do you have any amazing salad recipes to share?