Frisée Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Membrillo,
Manchego Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
No Croutons Required
The No Croutons Required challenge set by Jacqueline over at Tinned Tomatoes this month is one that is right up my street; make a vegetarian soup or salad recipe using antipasti from your store cupboard, such as peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, courgettes and artichokes in little jars………easy peasy! I ALWAYS have lots of little jars and tins tucked away in my pantry with all of these ingredients, as I love adding them to just about every meal I prepare or cook, so I raided my fridge for bits and bobs that were lurking there and came up with these five core ingredients for my salad entry:
As we are about to set off on a marathon drive back home to the UK after being in France for Easter, I was delighted that challenge would help me use all of my odds and ends up in the fridge. Although the weather has not been that kind over the last few days – it has turned cold and we have had icy rain, I still hankered after a salad rather than soup; so this lovely gourmet salad was invented, and all the better as I also found some home-made Membrillo ( Elizabethan Quince Cheese ~ Membrillo ) as well as some Manchego cheese in the fridge too. We ate this for lunch, sat next to our wood burning fire, with a cup of tea and some crusty bread……just perfect! But, as you may see from the photos, I managed to photograph my salad OUTSIDE in between rain storms and whilst the sun was shining.
The salad was excellent, and the frisée lettuce added a slightly bitter taste that offset all the other flavours. I made a quick dressing using some oil from the sun-dried tomatoes and then added a slug of sherry vinegar before seasoning it with salt and pepper. I loved the sweetness that the membrillo added to the flavour combination as well as the divine saltiness of the Manchego cheese……which, is a personal favourite of mine. It always amazes me how many simple and yet stunning recipes are born of leftovers or sundry ingredients that you would not normally put together…….this is a salad that I will be making again, even if I have to buy the ingredients specially in order to make it! Thanks Jac for a great challenge, I loved this one. See you later with more bread for British Bread Week, as well as some spring garden photos…….bye for now, Karen.