2011-12-19

Mixed Green salad with hazelnuts and blue cheese vinaigrette





Hello there friends, 5 days until Christmas!!!
We've been busy this weekend, there was no time to rest, but we had a very good time.
We went to 2 Christmas Parties and one birthday Party! We had a blast!  Lets go to the recipe and I'll tell you more about last nights Christmas Party with a meetup group called "Foodies of Toronto".
Todays recipe is a simple colourful salad with an interesting and delicious blue cheese vinaigrette..


Necessities 

Various green leafy vegetables (salad, lettuce, arugula, spinach)
1 medium ripe avocado, cut into pieces
1 medium ripe pear, cut into pieces
1/2 English cucumber cut into slices
1 orange bell pepper cut  into sticks
1/3 cup hazelnuts
A little sweet paprika
For the vinaigrette 
40 g blue cheese
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of yoghurt
2 tablespoons white vinegar (you may need more)
Salt - Pepper


How to make 

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yoghurt with the vinegar, add the blue cheese (reserve some for garnish) and gently fold in using a rubber spatula. Add the olive oil and whisk all the ingredients untill smooth. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 2 days.
 Put all the greens, avocado, pear, cucumber, bell pepper in a salad bowl, drizzle with the vinaigrette, toss, add the hazelnuts, the reserved blue cheese and drizzle with the dressing..
Enjoy!

Christmas Party with the "Foodies of Toronto"
So last night I went for the very first time to a Christmas Party that was organized by a meetup group called "Foodies of Toronto" and it was so much fun! In this group there are  people who love food, cooking and well.. sharing!!
I made my Beef Pie that I hope everyone enjoyed, and traditional Greek Christmas Cookies..
The food was delicious and  people were so friendly and outgoing, I really had a great time!
Thank you Foodies of Toronto!
The Cookie Bar
I brought home
My Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies



7 comments:

  1. The salad sounds like a delightful combination, but where can i get some of those cookies? ;-)

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  2. Eri, I love this salad - I'm a huge fan of blue cheese but not a heavy, high fat dressing with lots of mayo = this sounds wonderful and light with the yogurt and olive oil. I love all the ingredients in the salad too - I could most definitely eat this for a whole meal!

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  3. Look at that salad, I like it specially the use of blue cheese.

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  4. The salad looks incredible! I am always looking for different and yummy salad recipes since my husband and I both love salads. Would love to try this out.

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  5. I'm still working on to like blue cheese. =P But your salad looks delicious!

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  6. We eat a lot of salad in my house and this looks fab. And the cookie swap looks like so much fun! Happy new year :-)

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