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Mâche Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

Field Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

One of my all time favourite salads is mâche salad with beetroot and walnuts. The small green leaves are also known as field or corn salad and lamb’s lettuce. My dressing is simple and whisked together in just a few seconds. All I need is olive oil and thick Balsamico vinegar and I’m happy. This wintery salad visits our table at least once a week!

I never really plan my salads, most of the time they are spontaneous compositions depending on my mood. I just throw together whatever I find in the fridge or on my kitchen tops. Fruits, vegetables, nuts or preserves, I use what sparks my senses. It can start with a visual idea or a vision of flavours combined on a plate. Today’s salad started with a pear, I looked at it and decided to caramelize it in sugary buttery. There was another pretty one next to it but it was quite crisp and still a bit hard. I grated a small piece and mixed it into the vinaigrette to give it a fruity touch. A bag of pink peppercorns seemed as fitting as a box of crunchy mâche salad which was left in the fridge. I also wanted to add some walnuts as you can see in the photos but when I tried it I thought it would be too much so I left them out. Maybe you feel different about it, just give them a try!

Field Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

Mâche  Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

For 4 people you need

mâche salad, rinsed and dried, a big handful
pears, rinsed, cored and quartered, 1
butter 1 tablespoon
sugar 1 tablespoon
pink peppercorns, lightly crushed in a mortar, 1-2 tablespoons
olive oil 3 tablespoons
Balsamico vinegar 2 tablespoons
salt and pepper

optionally
walnuts for the topping

Grate about 1/8 of the pear and whisk with the olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the remaining pear into thin wedges.

Melt the butter and sugar in a pan. Caramelize the pear wedges in the hot brown butter for about 1 minute on each side.

Divide the mâche salad between the plates and arrange the caramelized pear on top. Sprinkle with the dressing and the pink peppercorns and serve immediately.

Field Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

 

Field Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

 

Field Salad with Caramelized Pear and Pink Peppercorns

Mâche, Avocado and Raspberry Salad with Honey

Mâche, Avocado + Raspberry Salad

This week I can’t get enough berries! When I see all those boxes filled with tiny colourful berries at the market I don’t even know where to start. Raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, strawberries, so much to choose from! Unfortunately, they haven’t reached their peak in sweetness yet due to our disastrous summer weather, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I can’t wait any longer, we only have them for a few months and I don’t want to miss out.

As much as I love to throw these fruits on tarts or enjoy them as a fruity nibbling alternative to chocolate, they are just as good in fresh and crunchy salads. Combined with the slices of a ripe and velvety avocado, they bring some freshness into the mix. Some mâche salad (also known as field salad or lamb’s lettuce) mixed in adds some crunchy bite, perfect for those hot days which I’m still hoping for optimistically. I’ll be in Malta soon, there I will definitely get my boiling hot summer weather but I won’t find my delicate raspberries. Sometimes you can’t have everything in life!

For the 2 of us, I spread a handful of lettuce on 2 plates and coverd each of them with the slices of a quarter of a soft avocado and 8 raspberries. I wanted to keep the dressing sweet and fruity, you can use either Balsamico vinegar or raspberry vinegar (or mix the two of them). Whisk 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of vinegar, add 1/2 a teaspoon of honey and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over your salad sparingly.

Mâche, Avocado + Raspberry Salad

 

Mâche, Avocado + Raspberry Salad