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Goat’s Cheese and Gooseberry Salad

Posted on November 7, 2008 by in salads

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Lo and behold, my computer packed up again…I was devastated and could just imagine losing every photo or post I have ever written….ok, ok I will learn to back-up more often! Finally this morning I got my computer back and everything seems to be in working order.
A fellow SA blogger Jeanne from Cooksister committed herself to make November a-post-a-day month on her blog. When I read that, I felt really guilty, because when I first started blogging, I also posted everyday, but lately I have slipped into a post-a week mode! Well, enough is enough!!!!!!! No more of this nonsense. I am going away for the weekend, but on Monday I will be back with a vengeance!

This morning I woke up with this “picture” in my head …..a goat’s cheese salad paired with the lovely berries we have in season now. I found a lovely little goat’s at the supermarket the other day so off to the kitchen I went……

Goat’s Cheese Salad

Wild rocket
blue berries
one small round of goats cheese per person.

The secret however is in the dressing.

1 small tin passion fruit pulp
1 cup vegetable oil(olive oil is too pungent)
zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1 big strawberry
2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
1 Tbs chopped mint

Blend together until it is smooth and creamy.


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24 Responses to “Goat’s Cheese and Gooseberry Salad”

  1. kat 7 November 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    salad with a round of goat cheese is one of my favorite things!

  2. Jeanne 7 November 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh Nina – a passion fruit dressing! Fantastic. I love goats cheese salad and love the sweet berries you’ve paired with it here – perfect!

    As for posting every day, the paradox of blogging is this: to have something to blog about, you need to do stuff in “real life”. BUt the more stuff you do that’s worthy of blogging, the less time you have to blog! So when I see you posting only a couple of times a week, I assume not that you’re neglecting your blof, but that you have something more interesting to do in real life 🙂

  3. Pam 7 November 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful. I could eat that salad everyday. The dressing sounds amazing.

    Looking forward to more posts!

  4. Maryann 7 November 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    That is a beautiful salad, Nina. So colorful!
    I used to post more often but it didn’t give me enough time to really read my fellow’s blogs. Once a week makes sense for me and works with my schedule. Don’t feel guilty. Then it becomes a job and it’s supposed to be fun! 😉

  5. glamah16 7 November 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    Yumm. Passion fruit! I missed you. Dont feel pressured to post. I love to read you guys everyday, but it is an enormous undertaking to post frequently. Sometimes we just have to live ourr lives and then catch up. And computer issues are always out of our control.

  6. Peter M 7 November 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Nina, perhaps it’s time for an new PC? Think of the grief if you lose everything.

    Rocket is one of my favourite greens and allows the use of fruit/sweets to balance the bitter green. That tower of cheese ain’t too bad either!

  7. Proud Italian Cook 8 November 2008 at 4:30 am #

    Nina, That second photo is stunning! I love to come here and stare at your creations! 1 or 2 times a week is all I can post, my problem is in the commenting. I want to visit everyone, but its so time consuming!

  8. nicisme 8 November 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Gorgeous, and that dressing is superb!

  9. Cynthia 8 November 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Nina, that salad and the photograph itself, outstanding.

    Glad your computer woes are over. I had some problems again with my laptop this week too.

  10. Bellini Valli 8 November 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    I love your creativity in your photos and in your kitchen Nina. Blogging is supposed to be a hobby for most, so ,never feel quilty anout not posting more than once a week. I have been a “slacker” in posting lately but have accomplished a lot outside of blogging:D

  11. Lori Lynn 8 November 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Wow that dressing sounds heavenly.
    Great photos too. Such a pretty salad.

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  13. That Girl 9 November 2008 at 4:31 am #

    I picked up a lunch the other day just because it was a salad with goat cheese.

  14. Gill 9 November 2008 at 7:05 am #

    Oooh that looks delish! As soon as we get a warm, sunny day (where IS Summer?) I’ll be giving this a try 🙂

  15. canarygirl 9 November 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Delicious looking salad, Nina! And, I totally hear you on the post a week (or less in my case! :/ ) mode.

  16. mikky 10 November 2008 at 5:57 am #

    and what a way to celebrate… very lovely… the picture, amazing!!! 🙂

  17. Abigail 10 November 2008 at 7:33 am #

    Oh, Nina, you are a genius! Can I come to your house to eat today?

  18. Peabody 10 November 2008 at 11:14 am #

    What a gorgeous salad.

  19. Stacey Snacks 10 November 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I usually don’t like fruit in my salad, but I would make an exception for this one!

    Beautiful presentation and the goat cheese round is what makes it!
    That dressing sounds out of this world!

    Found you on foodgawker.
    Stacey Snacks

  20. Nina Timm 10 November 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    kat – what is not to like about a salad like this…(ooohh,it sounds as if I am bragging!)

    jeanne – Thx you have helped me a lot to get perspective on this blogging thing! Wish I could meet you in person!

    pam – I am not really a salad person, but then whn I do eat a salad like this one, I wonder why not?

    maryann- thx love, I appreciate your input more than you know!

    glamah – it is because I know you vist often, that I want to post often…not to disappoint you!

    peter m – Love rocket too. I have a new PC, but I think I work too fast for the darn thing!

    proud italian cook – I comment at 3 in the morning and then post later on, but yeah, you’re right it is very time consuming, but a lot of fun though!

    nicisme – Oh yes, you will love it!

    cynthia – thx my friend, when I meet satisfy the pro’s like you…I’m happy!

    bellini vali – do you know, that you are one of the bloggers who dictate the posting rate!!!!! You are like a machine…a very creative one, I might add!

    lori lynn – thank you so much!

    that girl – was it good?

    gill – welcome to my site! Please call again!

    canary girl – that mode is over for now, totally!

    mikky – it was a celebration of note!

    abigail – sure thing!

    peabody – thank you!

    stacey snacks – welcome to my world….please stay or come again.I’ll share my recipes gladly!

  21. Olga 11 November 2008 at 6:23 am #

    That looks very whimsical! I especially like the yellow tomatoes.

  22. Nina Timm 11 November 2008 at 11:08 am #

    olga – those are not yellow tomatoes, but Cape Gooseberries. They do look like tomatoes though!

  23. Marianna 12 November 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL dish with lovely colours and shapes and flavours happening! Goat cheese in salads is a big thing in France, but I’ve never tried it with a passion fruit based dressing…it must taste amazing! I am taking that dressing recipe, it sounds wonderful…all the ingredients are delightful.

  24. Nina Timm 12 November 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    marianna – you will love the dressing and so will your guests….if you make it in your blender, it is thick and creamy as the oil and acid emulsifies.

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