Posts Tagged ‘tarragon’

Beet and Mache Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Beet and Mache Salad

Beet and Mache Salad

Beet and Mache Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

Adapted from Bouchon by Thomas Keller

I saw this salad in the Bouchon cookbook, and with a love for beets and goat cheese I had to try it.  Upon further reading, I’ve learned walnut oil is commonly used with beets.  It really changes the flavor of the dressing from other vinaigrettes and works well with the sweet, earthy beets.  The fine herbs (chives, chervil, parsley, and tarragon) are also a wonderful flavor booster.  It really makes the salad different from the common restaurant salads combining beets and goat cheese.
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Tuna Niçoise Tartine

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Tuna Nicoise Tartine

Tuna Nicoise Tartine

Tuna Niçoise Tartine

Adapted from Bouchon by Thomas Keller

In Bouchon Keller provides recipes for a variety of tartines, or opened faced sandwiches.  I decided to start with the Tuna Niçoise Tartine.  This gives an everyday tuna sandwich an elegant twist.  I’m a huge fan of a incise salad, with all the flavorful items that join the tuna to create a satisfying lunch or dinner.  This tartine has a lot of components, but it’s well worth the effort of chopping and prepping for this delicious open-faced sandwich.  If you don’t like a certain topping, leave it out or replace it.  You can make the tartine your own.
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Grapefruit and Cara Cara Orange Salad

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Grapefruit and Cara Cara Orange Salad with Minced Tarragon

Grapefruit and Cara Cara Orange Salad with Minced Tarragon

Grapefruit and Cara Cara Orange Salad with Tarragon

This is a refreshing late winter/early spring salad, when you are dreaming of summer fruits to come, but citrus fruits are still the best and tastiest option available at the moment.  It combines bright citrus flavor with rich extra virgin olive oil.  The tarragon adds a nice sweet, slightly anise flavor.  Sprinkle the fruit with coarse sea salt to help enhance the flavors of this delicious salad.  It is great as a first course, or as a light dessert.
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Carrot Salad

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

Sweet tarragon combined with sweet, crunchy carrots all coated in a tangy vinaigrette creates a gorgeous and tasty salad. Add dried cranberries or raisins to incorporate tiny jewels of chewy sweetness.  Best of all, it can be made ahead of time.
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Bibb Lettuce Salad

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Bibb Lettuce Salad Close Up

Bibb Lettuce Salad Close Up

Bibb Lettuce Salad

I came across this salad in Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook and had to try it out.  It looked beautiful and also didn’t seem that difficult to make.  Yes, it takes a tad bit of time to assemble, but worth the effort (and really doesn’t take that long).  The gorgeous floral shape is stunning, making it great for serving company (imagine serving each person their own.)  Being at home with just my husband I ate each leaf with my fingers.  It was like a sweet, tangy, crunchy, delicious snack, but substantial enough for a meal.  I’m hooked on this salad.
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