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Deconstructed Salad

Chef Norbert came up with a delicious deconstructed salad recipe. It is bursting with the best autumn flavours such as butternut squash, spaghetti squash and, of course, apples. Serve this recipe as a starter or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

Fruits and vegetables

2 red onions

1 butternut squash

2 zucchinis

2 cup fresh spinach

3 red bell peppers

1 spaghetti squash

3 apples (your favourite kind)

 

Cheeses

1 cup ricotta

1 cup goat cheese

¼ cup Parmesan

 

Seasoning

1 lemon (zest and juice)

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

3 tbsp. beat juice

¼ cup olive oil

3 sprigs of rosemary

10 basil leaves

Edible flowers

Pepper

Croutons (optional)

 

Instructions (salad):

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the spaghetti squash, butternut squash, onions and apples the shape of your choice. Use a spoon to carve out the seeds from the squashes. Place all the vegetables on a baking sheet.
  2. Season with olive oil and pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove vegetables from the oven. Using a fork, scape the ‘spaghettis’ out and remove the roasted red bell peppers skin. Sauté sliced zucchinis with olive oil in a pan for 5 minutes.
  4. Blanch spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and transfer in cold water. Place the spinach on absorbent paper. Combine the ricotta cheese and the spinach in a bowl. Season with fresh ground pepper.
  5. Prepare the dressing by combining olive oil, red wine vinegar, beat juice, pepper, lemon juice and zest.
  6. Assemble your salads by spreading the ‘spaghettis’ and the spinach at the bottom of the plates. Add the roasted vegetables, goat cheese, rosemary, basil, edible flowers, homemade croutons and dressing.

 

 

Instructions (fried basil):

 

  1. Place the basil leaves between two absorbant paper sheets and cover with a plate. Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.

 

 

Homemade croutons (optional)

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup cold butter cubes

¼ cup water

1 beaten egg

Red pepper flakes

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a mixer, combine the flour and the butter. Incorporate water and mix. Wrap the dough in plastic film and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  1. Roll the dough and cut in long triangle shape. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  1. Brush the dough with beaten egg and add red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Deconstructed Salad