Roasted Pear Salad with Pumpkin Seeds & Chèvre

IMG_8956A robust winter salad can break the monotony of root vegetables and mash. This roasted pear over crisp greens salad with a sprinkling of seeds makes a lovely starter. We recently served this salad to a group of sixty, and it was so simple to do for a large group, but its taste and presentation make it special.

It is shown here with a light Crème Fraîche dressing, but is also very good served with a Balsamic Maple Dressing. Continue reading

Peruvian Potato Salad

IMG_2882A friend and I used to provide picnics in our valley. We mowed a small area, set up table and chairs, and laid the table with linens, tableware and flowers.  Guests were asked if they wanted cows present or not.  Almost all asked for them to be around.  We catered for romantic couples, to large family groups looking for an afternoon away from it all to reconnect.  Working away up at the house, we could hear them through the open windows, laughing and talking.  Often they would take a meander through the meadows after their meal, stretching the event out as long as possible.

We were always on the lookout for side dishes that collectively would present a colourful, unique yet cohesive meal.  Here’s a wonderful plated salad from those beautiful summer picnics. Continue reading