Saturday, 28 July 2012

Blackberry, Pear & Ewe's Cheese Salad

A rare day to myself, so I decided to kick it off with some retail therapy in nearby Chester. After some serious shopping my thoughts started to wander towards what to have for lunch. I was thinking maybe one of my favourite lunches; good bread, good cheese and a glass of red. So, I headed off down Northgate Street towards The Cheese Shop. This local gem offers an amazing range of British and Continental cheeses. 

On my way the colourful berries outside the greengrocer's caught my eye, I was particularly drawn to the blackberries and the idea started to develop of a blackberry and cheese salad. Blackberries in the bag, I hurried to The Cheese Shop, I wanted something sharp and salty, maybe Feta or Manchego. I was happy to have a couple in front of me in the queue, they were agonising over their choice, giving me plenty of time to do the same. Having thought that the sharp and salty ewe's milk Manchego cheese would work well here, I was immediately drawn to Swaledale Ewe. A cheese from my home county of Yorkshire, that promised a fresh, clean taste: perfect. Back home, I discovered a very ripe pear in the fruit bowl. I love it when the loosest of plans comes together.

 For the salad

Salad leaves
12 blackberries
1tbsp. orange juice
1tsp. honey
2 tbsp. Rapeseed oil
Sea salt & pepper
1 pear, sliced
Ewe's cheese

For the dressing place half of the blackberries in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the orange juice, honey, sea salt and pepper and stir. Whisk in the the oil. Have a taste and add more juice, honey or seasoning as you wish.

Add your leaves to a bowl and toss with a little of the dressing.  Add the pear and remaining blackberries. Drizzle with a little more dressing, crumble the cheese on top.

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