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strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

strawberry carpaccio salad = christmas on a plate

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Strawberry Carpaccio Salad, with goats cheese, pink peppercorns

I am so excited, its Christmas time again! It is a time of happiness and joy, family and friends and it is a chance to experiment with all the wonderful Christmas foodie thingies… Too often people say that Christmas is just too busy with all the preparations, the decorations, the cooking and the sweating but it is not. Folks, Christmas does not have to be complicated. Just keep things simple, vibrant and flavourful and you can’t go wrong…

My mom always says that we eat far too much over the festive season particularly on Christmas Day … with the roast turkey, the smoked gammon or ham, leg of lamb and every other meat variety under the sun. She actually banned the glazed gammon from the Christmas table this year …but Christmas for me without gammon is like Christmas without turkey or Father Christmas arriving without presents! So I have decided to disguise my “gammon” (I used Black Forest Ham) in a lovely fresh summer salad.

In this recipe, perhaps the most important part of this salad is the dressing. You can have the most beautiful ingredients but if the dressing is dull the salad is dull. Many people just do not pay enough attention to their salad dressing and it is kind of like the angel on top of the Christmas tree.

The salad dressing I have mixed-up today includes orange blossom honey and rose syrup. Both of these flavours compliment the strawberries and the rose syrup lingers in your mouth for a while, causing the brain to be almost spirited off to another country in an instant – perhaps Arabia, India or Morocco …

Adding the little pink peppercorns just lifts the whole dish into another dimension and just one little bite sets the Christmas bells ringing.  Happy Christmas cooking!

Strawberry Carpaccio Salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio salad with goats cheese and pink peppercorns

strawberry carpaccio = christmas on a plate
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Serves: 2
  • For salad
  • 200g Strawberries – finely sliced
  • 100g Black Forrest ham
  • Curly lettuce
  • 10 Cherries - fresh (optional)
  • For goats’ cheese crostinis
  • 100g Goats cheese – plain
  • 30g Cranberries - dried
  • 1 Basil leave – big – chiffonade the basil leaf
  • Melba toasts or crostinis – 3 per person
  • Pink peppercorns
  • For Balsamic Glaze
  • 125ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2T Honey – Orange Blossom
  • ½t Rose syrup
  • 2T Water
  • 5 Pink peppercorns – crushed
  • Pinch of salt
  1. For balsamic glaze - Put all ingredients in little pot and boil for 8-10 min over medium heat. Remove from stove and allow to cool down.
  2. For goats’ cheese crostinis - Mix the goats cheese + dried cranberries + basil together. Smear the goat and cranberry spread over each of the little toasts. Carefully place 2-3 pink peppercorns onto each crostini.
  3. To serve - Arrange the sliced strawberries on the bottom of the plate. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze. Place a few salad leaves over the top. Add the goats’ cheese crostinis + ham + cherries + and extra peppercorns. Drizzle with more balsamic glaze and serve



leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing

leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing

Easy Summer Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing

Summer is salad time. This is the most easiest salad but so packed with flavour because of the passion fruit dressing.  I find the passion fruit lifts everything and the combination with the balsamic does wonders to the simplest salad.

Easy Summer Salade with Passion Fruit Dressing

leaf salad with roasted tomatoes + parmesan shavings + passion fruit dressing
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Serves: 4
  • For Salad
  • 1 Large packet of mixed salad leaves
  • 30g Parmesan shavings

  • For Roasted Tomatoes
  • 200g Baby tomatoes
  • 2T Olive Oil
  • Salt

  • For Dressing
  • 115g Passion Fruit Pulp
  • 1T Balsamic vinegar
  • ½T Olive oil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  1. First preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Coat all the tomatoes in olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. For the salad dressing, mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Put all the salad ingredients into a bowl and drizzle liberally with the passion fruit and balsamic dressing.