Lane A. McFarland
‘Berry’ tasty: Summer salad with honey butter
I started thinking about the first recipe I ever posted, which was a berry salad with honey lime vinaigrette. It was about this time of the year, also, so I thought it would be appropriate if I did a better version of that salad.
Usually, the main ingredient for each of my recipe posts are from my “Leather Bound Recipe Book,” but with this post it is actually a smaller part. This salad is a healthy option, like the original, with some tasty twists. It’s perfect for this time of the year: Fresh, juicy mangos, tart blueberries and just-ripe strawberries with candied pecans. And of course my favorite part, honey butter with walnut bread. Start the summer fresh!
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Dash white pepper
¼ tsp olive oil
Allow the butter to reach room temperature, then start to whip with a hand or stand mixer. Once the butter becomes fluffy, add parsley, honey, salt and white pepper. Mix thoroughly. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and continue to mix. Store mixture in a container in the refrigerator until stiff. Spread on a sweet nut bread, like walnut raisin bread.
Salad: Serves 2
2 ripe mangos, peeled and cubed
10 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
8oz chopped romaine (or any other leaf you prefer)
4oz creamy poppyseed dressing
6oz whole pecans
¼ Stick butter, melted
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Mix melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl and toss pecans to coat completely. Spread over a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7 minutes or until coating is crunching and lightly browned.
In a bowl, toss the fruit, romaine and dressing to coat. Evenly distribute salad between two bowls and top with candied pecans.
Subtly sweet, a bit of tart, and a whole lot of tasty.
In the words of Julia Child, “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” Web columnist, chef and blogger Lane A. McFarland is the executive chef at Beechies Place in Meadow Lands. Here at O-R online, he shares his recipes and stresses having fun in the kitchen! Visit McFarland’s blog Leather Bound Recipes, visit him on Facebook or hop over to Beechies Place.