Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

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Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)
  • 3 packages goat cheese (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pork rind (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)
  • 4 cups lettuce (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen (ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed, 144g / 5.1 oz)

Instructions

  • Place the pork rinds into a blender and pulse briefly until crumbled / powdered.
  • I used homemade pork rinds from pork skin I get from my local farmer.
  • When I don't have any left, I sometimes get pork rinds from here.
  • These must be the only pork rinds made with pure pork skins (no additives) here in the UK.
  • Cut each goat's cheese round in half widthwise and cover in the powdered pork rinds.
  • You can brush some olive oil on the dry side to help them stick to the cheese.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper with the cut side up and put in the freezer for about an hour.
  • This will prevent the cheese from melting when grilled.
  • After an hour, place the tray under a grill preheated to 225 °C/ 450 °F and cook for just about 5 minutes.
  • The longer you leave it, the more likely it will start melting.
  • *Make sure you freeze the cheese before grilling.
  • Here is what happened to my cheese when I didn't freeze it.
  • Even with the cut side up, it melted it the oven in just a few minutes.* Meanwhile, wash the strawberries and place them on a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Spray / cover in balsamic vinegar and transfer into the oven.
  • Cook at 225 °C/ 450 °F for just 7-10 minutes.
  • The strawberries will release its juices and mix with the vinegar creating a delicious caramelised vinaigrette! Make sure you get your strawberries organic, they are on the Dirty Dozen Plus list for 2014! Wash the lettuce and place in a salad spinner to dry or pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • You can use roasted or raw pecans.
  • Roasting the pecans will add depth to both texture and flavour.
  • Drizzle the salad with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add the strawberry and the strawberry juices.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with the bee pollen to add a honey kick! Make sure you use high quality organic bee pollen.
  • Enjoy!

Originally posted 2019-02-20 17:39:03.

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