Though I am not complaining as it does makes for a nice lazy Sunday. Beets are roasting and leeks and fennel are braising, soon to join some pepper steak for Sunday dinner.
But yesterday, the sky was blue and the sun was shining putting me in the mood for salad. Somewhere recently came across a truffle and honey combination, not quite sure where, but that is what inspired this little salad.
Mushroom and Rocket Salad with a Honey Truffle Vinaigrette
Hardly a recipe really and no real measurements as such, so easy to whip up for a light lunch or it would also make for an easy little entree.
Mushrooms - 3-4 per person, depending on size and peoples appetites.
Rocket - a couple of handfuls per person
Parmesan - Parmigiano-Reggiano
And for the dressing - feel free to adjust to taste. I like a quite tart dressing so veer more to the vinegar side of vinaigrette.
1 tsp Honey
2 tbsp White Truffle Olive Oil
1 tbsp Muscatel Vinaigrette or other white wine vinegar
Tiny pinch of salt
Heat a griddle or frying pan over a medium heat and brush the mushrooms with a little olive oil and season with a little salt. Grill for a few minutes each side and set aside. While the mushrooms are grilling mix together the dressing. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Lightly dress the rocket with a little of the dressing, leaving some aside. Pile the rocket on a plate and top with some Parmesan shaving. Top the salad with the mushrooms and drizzle then with a little of the dressing.
I loved this salad and this may well be my new favourite dressing. It is earthy, yet sweet with just a subtle hint of truffle.. I was a while coming round to truffles but this truffle infused olive oil converted me; Mas Portell White Truffle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is dreamy and just ever so fragrantly infused with white truffle flavour. If you are in NZ you can get it at the wonderful Sabato along with many, many, other tasty delights. At the moment I seem to have developed somewhat of an addiction to their roast Marcona Almonds, not to mention all the cheese, salamis, and sweet treats on offer.
If you like this you might like this - Shaved Fennel and Zucchini Salad
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