Friday night at home while our baby sleeps away… my husband and I wanted a nice light meal. Mediterranean food hits the spot for him, and more specifically, Spanish. He grew up with it and is very spoilt with good fresh ingredients. I've found that when I say Spanish food or cooking here in New York a lot of people think of it as difficult. Actually, I find it much easier than most other cuisines as it's all about the quality of the ingredient and about simplicity.
Tonight amongst the other tapas, the first one was a salad. This one we had first and then I made the rest.
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and patted dry
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 tomatillo, sliced
- 1/4 cup mixed pitted olives
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 Spanish onion, sliced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp walnut oil
- 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Thinly shaved Parmesan Regianno cheese
- Toss together in a large salad bowl the first 6 ingredients
- In a small bowl add the salt, lemon juice, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Add the maple syrup and then the oils as your whisk the dressing with a fork. Taste, season accordingly.
- Dress the salad with the dressing, toss to coat well and garnish with the cheese. Do not overdress your salad.
You can add some toasted pine nuts to this salad and it'll be great.
Some orange zest and orange would add a nice touch of citrus.