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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Heidi Swanson is one of the original food bloggers, starting her food blog 101 Cookbooks, 12 years ago, and one of the first blogs I ever read.
She is also a pioneer in the world of healthy foods.
Cooking and baking with healthy and natural ingredients, such as agave, amaranth, nut flours, quinoa and coconut products.
I had never even heard of these ingredients until I started reading food blogs such as Heidi's.
I recently met Heidi at her Near & Far book launch at Food52 and she was beautiful, as well as nice and believe it or not, shy!
Her new book Near & Far travels thru her home in San Fran; France; Italy; Morocco; and Japan.
Beautiful gentle photographs of her travels accompany lovely simple recipes to match.
The first recipe I tried was a simple salad made w/ radicchio and arugula.
What makes this salad so unique is the dressing. It uses a tsp of heavy cream. Don't skip it, it really finishes the salad.
And of course you know I was attracted to this salad because it uses figs!
I like dried figs even better than fresh ones, just saying.
Heidi's Salad w/ Radicchio, Arugula, Figs & Walnuts (adapted from Near & Far)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp finely crushed whole coriander seed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon heavy cream
4.5 ounces arugula, shredded
1 medium head radicchio (about 10 ounces), cored and shredded into 1/4-inch ribbons
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted and cooled
3 ounces Pecorino cheese or Parmigiano cheese, grated or sliced
3.5 ounces dried figs, stems removed and cut in half
Combine the lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, the honey, and coriander in a bowl or jar. Whisk in the olive oil, followed by the heavy cream. Taste, and adjust with more of any of the ingredients if needed.
Combine the arugula, radicchio, and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with two-thirds of the dressing until well coated. Add the cheese and figs and more dressing if needed and toss again.
and I have 3 signed copies of Near & Far to give away.....so please leave a comment about your favorite salad and 3 winners will be chosen randomly. Don't forget to leave your name and email address! (duh).