Rocket salad (Rucula in Europe) origins from Italy. But people in the entire Mediterranean region eat this. For this salad we use briefly toasted walnuts and pan fried sliced Portobello’s. And serve with a honey/mustard vinaigrette.

rocket salad ©️Nel Brouwer-van den Bergh

Rocket salad with portobello mushrooms and toasted walnuts

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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Ingredients for the salad

  • 10.6 oz (300 g) rocket salad
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) walnuts
  • 1 shallot of around 3 oz
  • 7.1 oz (200 g) portobello mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/6 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste

Ingredients for the vinaigrette

  • juice of ¼ lemon
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar can be replaced by other vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • a squeeze of honey (5 g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 - 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Instruction for the salad

  • Wash and dry the salad, preferably in a centrifuge. The salad can be stored for several hours up to a day in a moist clean towel in the fridge
  • Make the vinaigrette (see below)
  • Place the salad leaves on plates or in a bowl and sprinkle the vinaigrette over the leaves
  • Slice the shallot and portobello mushrooms in pieces
  • Place a skillet on the fire, add 1 tbsp olive oil and softly fry the shallot for a few minutes and then add the mushroom slices and the broken walnut pieces. Toss around at medium fire until the mushrooms are tender (some 5 minutes)
  • Season with some sea salt and fresh pepper
  • Cover the salad with the walnut and shallot/mushroom mixture

Instruction for the vinaigrette

  • Mix the lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, and honey to a homogeneous mixture
  • Add the olive oil (aiming for roughly equal weights of aqueous and oily phase) and mix thoroughly and let stand
  • Before pouring it over the salad leaves, thoroughly mix again

Notes

Method: pan frying
Food Allergy & Intolerance Information: tree nuts

Remarks

  1. The mustard is a good emulsifier. Also the citrus juice helps in making a stable vinaigrette.
  2. Experiment endlessly by adding herbs to the watery phase. For example dill or oregano. Or by changing the citrus (use orange, lime, grapefruit, kumquat etc) for the juice.

 

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