AP Studios / Recipe: Fresh Grape Mosaic Salad

04.02.2013

A burst of succulent grapes in this greens salad signals the arrival of a new season. Chef Scott Boswell combines his Louisiana upbringing and French culinary training into everything he does. In this recipe, the stand alone knockout flavors of grapes, blue cheese, and walnuts are perfectly plated to maximize a precise mosaic of color and flavors. Each bite turns a traditional spinach salad with grapes upside down due to the ideal mix of salty, sweet, bitter, smooth and crunchy. Hell if you want, use some of your overgrown greens in the garden and rearrange the grapes in a way that better suits your aesthetic.

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Fresh Grape Mosaic Salad

Blue Cheese Vinaigrette:
8 ounces Blue Cheese
⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
½ cup Red Wine Vinegar
¼ cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Makes 3 cups

Salad:
2 tablespoons half Walnuts, toasted and crumbled slightly*
1 ¼ cups small Spinach Leaves or other Fresh Greens, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
20 each red and green Seedless Grapes

Blend vinaigrette ingredients in a blender until smooth to form a loose paste.
Gently toss the spinach leaves in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

For special presentation, Chef Boswell likes to spread the vinaigrette dressing (about ⅓ cup) on the bottom of the plate and arrange the grapes in a decorative pattern on top. The grapes can be left whole, but at his award-winning restaurant, Stella!, Chef Boswell cuts the ends off of each grape so they are uniform size and can be stood up on the end in a checkerboard or mosaic pattern. The grapes are then garnished with the toasted walnuts and baby spinach leaves or other fresh greens.

*To toast walnuts: Place walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 4 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Gently crumble walnuts after they have cooled.

Optional: If a softer texture of grape is desired, blanch the grapes in boiling water for seven seconds, then shock ice water and peel gently.

Serves 2

About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.


Posted By: EJ
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