Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Carambola and Kefalograviera Tossed Salad with Tangy Pomegranate Honey Dressing

     Simply throwing a few ingredients into a salad bowl and thoughtlessly adding a manufactured salad dressing product rarely yields something to write home about.  It is better to maintain a goal of creating something worthwhile rather than settling for the same old salad choices.
     Many classic and modern salads feature lettuce greens with fruit and cheese.  There are classic cheese and fruit pairings that are well known, like Camembert and cherries or Chevre and figs.  All it takes is a little imagination to figure a good cheese and fruit pairing that would work well in a salad recipe.      
     Greek Kefalograviera Cheese and Carambola (Star Fruit) go well together.  A mild sheeps milk cheese like Kefalograviera is perfect with the light refreshing tropical flavor of Carambola fruit.  These mild fruit and cheese flavors are best when served with mild lettuce greens, like Romaine, Boston or Bibb.
     Deciding on a salad dressing that is best for a combination of Romaine, Kefalograveria and Carambola does take some thought.  Buttermilk, yogurt or mayonnaise based salad dressings would mask the delicate flavors.  A vinaigrette would be okay, but the acidity might compete with the Carambola flavor.  A dressing with a natural sweet tangy flavor combination would be a better choice.  
      Pomegranate Molasses has a tangy deep pomegranate flavor with a hint of sweetness.  Pomegranate Molasses is usually used in hot food recipes and to flavor warm bulgar wheat grain desserts.  Pomegranate Molasses is a nice choice for making a tangy sweet sour flavored salad dressing.  Just a dab of honey is all it takes to balance the tangy flavor, so it tastes nice with mild cheese, light tropical fruit and mild lettuce greens.
     Pomegranate Molasses can be found at Mediterranean food markets.  Some bottles are labeled as Tangy Pomegranate Molasses.  The color is reddish brown.  Pomegranate Molasses is not a true molasses.  Pomegranate Molasses is more like a thick concentrate, so a little bit goes a long way.  
     Tangy Pomegranate Honey Salad Dressing:
     This recipe yields 2 portions.  (About 1/2 cup)
     Step 1:  Place 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar in al mixing bowl.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic.
     Add 1 pinch of Spanish Paprika.
     Add 1 small pinch of ground oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Let the ingredients stand for 5 minutes.
     Step 2:  Slowly add 2 tablespoons of pomace olive oil while constantly whisking.
     Add 3 tablespoons of honey while stirring.
     Add 3 tablespoons of tangy pomegranate molasses while stirring.
     Set the dressing aside for 5 minutes, so the flavors meld.
     Stir before serving.
     Carambola and Kefalograviera Tossed Salad with Tangy Pomegranate Honey Dressing:
     This recipe yields 1 large salad portion.
     Step 1:  Place 3 cups of bite size pieces of romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 small ripe carambola fruit that is cut into thin slices.  (About 3/4 cup)
     Step 2:  Cut 2 1/2 to 3 ounces of Greek Kefalograviera Cheese into thin bite size slices.
     Add the cheese to the salad greens and fruit.
     Step 3:  Add 1/4 cup of diced tomato.
     Add a few julienne carrot strips for color.
     Add 2 tablespoons of julienne sliced peeled broccoli stalk.
     Step 4:  Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of the Tangy Pomegranate Honey Salad Dressing.  
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Step 5:  Mound the tossed salad on a plate.
     Try to expose some of the star fruit and cheese on the surface of the salad.
     Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the Tangy Pomegranate Honey Salad Dressing over the salad.
     No garnish is necessary!
     This is a nice refreshing Mediterranean style salad that is worth trying!  

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