Spinach & Iceberg Wedge Summer Salad with Buttermilk Gorgonzola Dressing

Yesterday Mark had planned for us a picnic on the puget sound to watch the sunset. He asked me if we could take wine, cheese, bread and fruit. So I said “of course” and got to work. This is what we took:

  1. For the wine: Barefoot Pinot Noire
  2. Bread & Cheese: delicious homemade turkish pogacas, which is a little heavenly ball with a cheese-filled center. Click here to see.
  3. Fruit: Spinach & iceberge wedge salad with strawberries, green apple, sweet grapefruit, caramel walnuts, topped with sesame seeds and creamy buttermilk gorgonzola dressing.

Salad Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Green Apples (with lime to prevent browning)
  • Sweet grapefruit
  • Caramel Walnuts (1/2 c. caramelized sugar, 1 tbsp cream)
  • Black poppy seeds
  • Gorgonzola or blue cheese

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • salt + pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ricotta cheese (optional)…or sour cream, or mayo

Directions

  1. Salad: Assemble as you like
  2. Walnuts: caramelize sugar without letting it get too dark. Take off heat and add 1 tbsp heavy cream and stir. Add walnuts. Place walnuts individually on parchment paper. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top.
  3. Dressing: place in blender for 15 seconds.

Note: Since it’s not as hot here I made a creamy milk-based dressing. If you will be eating this salad outdoors and it is super hot, then I suggest making this with a raspberry vinaigrette  (or pomegranate).

The Salad….And the Sound…

The incredible Pogacas…

Mark Finishing off his salad

Isabel risking her life for a picture

Mark & Isabel

Where is Chupa Chups? Poor little baby had to stay home since her kind is discriminated against. There were no doggies allowed 😦


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2 Responses to “Spinach & Iceberg Wedge Summer Salad with Buttermilk Gorgonzola Dressing”

  1. That salad is so beautiful! And what a fantastic view.

  2. Salad looks great!

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