Mar 11, 2010

Kaydorf Salad

Kaydorf Salad

As much as I like a good Waldorf Salad, it’s time for something new. Something fresh, something pretty. I had a novel idea and I shall name it Kaydorf Salad. Or Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad, whatever rocks your boat, but you gottta admit that doesn’t sound half as good!

Either way, it turned out to be a wonderful green salad with flavors that really compliment each other. It combines sweetness of pears with savory blue cheese. Throw in a few crunchy walnuts, some spicy red onion and serve it with a creamy green herb dressing. Finger-licking good, but you’re probably better off eating this one with a fork! Less messy.

Ingredients:

Salad:

lettuce and/or salad leaves
1 small red onion
blue-cheese
walnuts
pear

Dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp sour cream
1 spring onion
handful flat-leaf parsley
white wine vinegar
1 small garlic clove
lemon juice
fresh chives
chervil
pepper
salt

Directions:

* I opted for a creamy and herby green dressing. It turned out to be a really good choice for this salad. But I’m sure a multitude of dressings will work for this one.

Here’s what I used.
Kaydorf Salad

Chop 1 spring onion and add it to your blender or immersion blender bowl along with a small garlic clove. You could also give everything a fine chop and combine it, but I really wanted a green dressing. Like in Hulk green, though I never understood why the guy was green in the first place.Kaydorf Salad

Add 1/2 a cup of the holy Hellmann’s along with 2 tbsp sour cream (demi crème fraiche in my case), a small handful (I have tiny hands) flat-leaf parsley and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Kaydorf Salad

I’ve added 1/4 tsp white wine vinegar (but feel free to omit it) and a little splash of fresh lemon juice. I’ve also added some chives. Don’t go overboard on the chives!
Kaydorf Salad

Blend. Blitz. And there you have it: green dressing. Stir in some dried chervil.
Kaydorf Salad

I bought a big bag of mixed lettuce and salad leaves.Kaydorf Salad

I stole two of the kiddo’s pears. They even had little smiley stickers on them. Oh come on now, it’s all for the sake of blogging. He’ll understand when he’s older and he only cried a little.Kaydorf Salad

Peel, slice or dice the pear(s) anyway you like to and finely slice the red onion. Remember; no salad benefits from huge chunks of onion, so slice as thin as you possibly can!
Kaydorf Salad

Randomly add some walnuts. I left a couple whole and broke some into 4 pieces. I like to break stuff for fun.Kaydorf Salad

At this point I drizzle a bit of dressing over the salad. Not too much. Serve the rest on the side for those of us metabolically less fortunate.
Kaydorf Salad

Add the sweet, juicy pear to the salad.
Kaydorf Salad

Perhaps you remember my roasted tomatoes and magor sauce? I used magor there: mascarpone with gorgonzola. This is camembert combined with blue cheese. It’s awesome stuff. But anything goes: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, whatever you like. Just crumble the cheese between your fingers and add it to the salad.Kaydorf Salad

Seriously, who knew a salad could look this sexy?
Kaydorf Salad

Kaydorf Salad
Ingredients
  • Salad:
    lettuce and/or salad leaves
    1 small red onion
    blue-cheese
    walnuts
    pear

    Dressing:
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 tbsp sour cream
    1 spring onion
    handful flat-leaf parsley
    white wine vinegar
    1 small garlic clove
    lemon juice
    fresh chives
    chervil
    pepper
    salt
Directions
  1. Chop 1 spring onion and add it to your blender or immersion blender bowl along with a small garlic clove. You could also give everything a fine chop and combine it. Add 1/2 a cup of mayonnaise along with 2 tbsp sour cream, a small handful flat-leaf parsley and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Add 1/4 tsp white wine vinegar, a splash of fresh lemon juice and some fresh chives. Blitz until you have a creamy green dressing and stir in some dried chervil.

    Spread the lettuce or salad leaves on a big plate. peel and slice the pears and thinly slice the red onion. Randomly add some walnuts, I left a couple whole and broke some into 4 pieces. Drizzle a little dressing over the salad and serve the rest on the side. Add the pears and onions. Crumble the blue cheese between your fingers and add it to the salad.
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    28 Comments »

    1. 1

      It looks delicious! Dressing sounds awesome. The photos are so beautiful. You even manage to turn a simple plate filled with lettuce in to a piece of art.

      Karin on Mar 11, 2010 @ 9:54 am Reply
    2. 2

      I love the sound of this! Pears are one of the few fruits I really love, and walnuts and blue cheese, yes!

      Kalynskitchen on Mar 11, 2010 @ 9:57 am Reply
    3. 3

      @Kalynskitchen:

      I think I might just add some shredded grilled chicken next time. Along with crusty bread, it pretty much makes it an entire meal.

      The combination of pear and blue cheese is sooo good.

      Kay on Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:03 am Reply
    4. 4

      I agree, this salad looks really sexy!

      Jennifer V. on Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:17 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Oh yes! I had a salad like this in France once and it was divine! It really is the perfect combo of flavors.

      Lizzy on Mar 11, 2010 @ 1:58 pm Reply
    6. 6

      I make a salad with pears too. It has mixed greens, pears, dried cranberries, pecans, and Havarti cheese. I like the idea of the bleu cheese better, but when I made my salad for a Christmas luncheon I catered, I opted for the milder Havarti. My mom told me some of the elderly women at her church might not care for the bleu cheese. I’m excited to try your dressing!

      Andilynn on Mar 11, 2010 @ 3:15 pm Reply
    7. 7

      Exciting combination of flavors going on in this salad! I’ve always loved pears and blue cheese together, and the addition of the red onion and walnuts would make this outstanding. Thanks for another fab recipe, Kay!

      Lana from Never Enough Thyme on Mar 11, 2010 @ 3:58 pm Reply
    8. 8

      That does indeed look sexy.

      Karohemd on Mar 11, 2010 @ 5:22 pm Reply
    9. 9

      Kaydorf for President!
      I mucho likey that salad dressing…..

      Ann on Mar 11, 2010 @ 5:58 pm Reply
    10. 10

      My husband would love this. Would you come to my house and make it for him? :)

      Midlife Slices on Mar 11, 2010 @ 7:32 pm Reply
    11. 11

      oh my, that looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make that!

      Rachel on Mar 11, 2010 @ 8:04 pm Reply
    12. 12

      Wow! That looks fabulous!!

      Julie on Mar 11, 2010 @ 9:08 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Oh my gosh! That salad looks so amazing! I’m definitely trying it for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

      Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes on Mar 12, 2010 @ 2:00 am Reply
    14. 14

      Sexy Salad!! I’m copying recipe and adding it to my repertoire next week!!

      Diane on Mar 12, 2010 @ 2:20 am Reply
    15. 15

      This salad is beautiful and I don’t even like salads! Please check out The Womens Colony blog under Mrs. G’s post intolerance comments–well read all of them but especially comments 205, 206, and 207! I am routing for you Kay!!! I want to make sure you get all your old readers who loved your posts on PW’s site but now can not find them. Your hard work was appreciated and should not be just washed away like that (see me snapping my fingers!). Will keep checking in on you. Make us something yummy! I know you will! I wanted to email you the link but could not find your email address so I’ll just send you and your readers there.

      leslie on Mar 12, 2010 @ 5:15 am Reply
    16. 16

      Ziet er super lekker uit!

      Luna on Mar 12, 2010 @ 8:39 am Reply
    17. 17

      Man I love this site!

      Roseanne on Mar 12, 2010 @ 2:54 pm Reply
    18. 18

      I also missed the recipes of Kay on PW’s site! I was a follower of PW, but not any more. I don’t like fake people.

      Mae on Mar 12, 2010 @ 7:35 pm Reply
    19. 19

      Hi everyone,

      I really appreciate the sweet compliments about my recipes and photographs, that first. I’m also not big on moderating comments, but I must admit that some of the comments I’ve been receiving these past few days are making me feel very uncomfortable.

      I do not want my postings or website to function as a platform for flaming people/blog authors. If someone has a problem with a blog author, they should take it up with them. Or maybe use one of the many blogs out there that support this type of discussion. Mine isn’t exactly one of them. I just cook, photograph and eat :)

      Thanks for understanding!

      Muchas gracias,

      Kay

      Kay on Mar 12, 2010 @ 7:54 pm Reply
    20. 20

      LOVE this salad! LOVE your narration and pics! LOVE your character!

      denise on Mar 13, 2010 @ 3:38 am Reply
    21. 21

      My mouth tends to get all itchy with blue cheese, what would you recommend as a tasty alternative? (Cheese is fine, just not the blue part.)

      Tiina on Mar 13, 2010 @ 7:07 am Reply
    22. 22

      @Tiina:

      I would just go with a cheese you like. Feta cheese might really work, too. Even Parmesan curls. Or a lovely French cheese. I personally think a pungent cheese is the best combination for the sweet pears.

      Kay on Mar 13, 2010 @ 9:14 am Reply
    23. 23

      I just love love love,love your blog! Its such a great journey every time you are cooking, with all the pictures and your great writing! LOVE IT!

      Louise on Mar 14, 2010 @ 4:32 pm Reply
    24. 24

      blog!

      Louise on Mar 14, 2010 @ 4:47 pm Reply
    25. 25

      Thanks Kay! This looks so delicious I’ll be trying it really soon. Love your food, your style, who you are. :-)

      Tiina on Mar 14, 2010 @ 7:52 pm Reply

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