Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Bite with Belkys: Mama Mia Salad from Giardino Gourmet Salads
Not all salads have to be bland. One local chef is showing us how to make one that's full of flavor and very fulfilling. Time to grab a Bite with Belkys.
The Restaurant: Giardino Gourmet Salads
The Dish: Mama Mia Salad
(measurements are as desired depending on quantity needed)
Ingredients for croutons:
fresh baked bread, cut into squares, as desired
olive oil, as desired
dried herbs, as desired
Parmesan cheese, grated, as desired
Ingredients for Salad:
romaine lettuce, chopped, as desired
red pepper, diced small, as desired
sun-dried tomato, diced small, as desired
pine nuts, to taste
goat cheese, crumbled, to taste
Ingredients for Chianti Vinaigrette:
garlic paste, to taste
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
brown sugar, to taste
extra virgin olive oil
Method of Preparation:
-Start by making homemade croutons. Cut bread into squares and transfer to a mixing bowl. Then, drizzle it with olive oil.
-Next, add your favorite dried herbs and parmesan cheese. Mix it all together.
-Place the croutons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
-In the meantime, prepare the salad. In a large bowl, toss romaine lettuce, red pepper, sun-dried tomato, pine nuts and goat cheese.
-You can also make your own vinaigrette. Combine garlic paste with salt, pepper, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil.
Drizzle the salad with the chianti vinaigrette and top it with the fresh croutons. At the restaurant, they recommend this with their tropical chicken.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Giardino Gourmet Salads
2346 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134