Monday, July 17, 2006

Nectarine and Basil Salad with Goat Cheese

Isn't that a beautiful salad?

Sweet, perfectly ripe white nectarines, aromatic fresh basil, slivers of Crottin (a dry French goat cheese), in a bubbly bath of Prosecco.

The salad-child of C., a guy who knows his food (and most other things too). It was his birthday party and he was chopping up a storm in the kitchen. I watched him make the salad with interest. There was a brief panic, when the Crottin goat cheese seemed to have gone missing. Five of us searched the small (HOT) kitchen, someone generously perused the garbage, and eventually the little cheeses was found happily nesting in the fridge. The search party were each rewarded with a fabulous sliver.

I have to say, I was a tad surprised when C. started chopping the basil.

"Have you made this before?" I asked.

He shook his head. "But how could you go wrong with these ingredients?" he said (with gusto).

C. was right. The basil was mild and almost minty with the sweet nectarines and the dry goat cheese held its own with the luscious fruit and Prosecco.

A juicy and vibrant summer salad. A perfect party or picnic fellow. Breakfast anyone?


Anonymous Tanna said...

Right, with those ingredients how could you miss. Fun hunt for the goat cheese! Guess those goats move fast.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh, goodness - it is so incredibly hot in Alabama today - I can't tell you how light and delicious and refreshing that looks... !

1:33 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

I absolutely love goat's cheese. this looks like perfection!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

You're absolutely right! This salad is beautiful!

4:40 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Simple. Light. Cool. Perfect. Lovely salad!

7:00 AM  

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