Fireworks Salad Splash


July 01, 2011

– by The Olive Oil Source Kitchen

Get ready for the fireworks! This salad is perfect for Fourth of July family celebrations, but will make a colorful edition to any summertime picnic. Best of all, it’s filled with summer-fresh fruits, luscious salad greens and a tangy vinaigrette that lightly dresses the patriotic platter. Simple and easy, you can prepare all the ingredients in advance and compose the salad just before the party.

INGREDIENTS
Vinaigrette
• ¾ cup The Olive Oil Source mild extra virgin olive oil
• 2 Tbsp The Olive Oil Source Cask 8 Balsamic Vinegar
• 2 Tbsp The Olive Oil Source Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
• 1 Tbsp honey
• ½ tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 shallot, finely minced
• 1 Tbsp minced fresh tarragon
• 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp white pepper

Salad Fixings
• Mixed greens
• Fresh raspberries
• Fresh blueberries
• Goat cheese (crumbled into bite-sized pieces)
• Candied walnuts
• Fresh fennel, thinly sliced
• Red onion, thinly sliced

PREPARATION
Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk them together, adding the oil last in a slow drizzle until fully combined. Let stand at room temperature for 5- 20 minutes to let the flavors blend. While the vinaigrette is marinating, carefully wash and dry the greens and fresh fruit. Crumble the goat cheese. Thinly slice the red onion and fennel. You can either prepare this as a composed salad and drizzle dressing over each plated serving; or prepare the salad in a large bowl without tossing (to protect those delicate raspberries) and serve the dressing on the side.