Thursday, August 31, 2006

Pomelo salad for la Festa al fresco

Plating saladInvitation by mail! Ivonne over at Cream Puffs combined forces with Lis of La Mia Cucina and hosted a one-time summer party called la festa al fresco and I am invited! All I have to do is show up for the party with a dish to contribute to the table.
I can wear my prettiest summer dress -no hint of summer left here, it's autumn already-, now to think of a way to transport this salad to their party. (However, they forgot to tell me the address, hmm, do you think that was intentional?) I think I am the first to knock on their door, catching them in their preparations I guess....oops! Gives us time for a pre-party drink, did I hear someone was bringing Prosecco?


Recipe:

1 pomelo
1 cooked chicken breast
6 tbs finely chopped bacon bits, crisped
Peel and separate pomelo into segments. Remove the membranes. Seed. Gently flake the flesh apart into a bowl. Shred the chicken. Add chicken and bacon to pomelo and toss lightly.

Dressing:
zest of 1 lime
grated ginger (1 inch)
1 tbs brown sugar

3/4 ts cayenne

3/4 ts salt
1 tbs fresh lime juice
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce (japanese, like Kikkoman)
2 tbs. lemon oil
2 tbs sesame oil/olive oil
With mortar and pestle, combine lime zest, ginger, sugar, cayenne, and salt and process to a smooth puree; add lime juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Blend well. Slowly add lemon oil and sesame or olive oil.

Plates and garnish:
mixed lettuce
optional: fresh red chili pepper, julienned for a bit of zing
Add a bit of dressing to pomelo-chicken mixture and toss. Arrange lettuce on a serving platter. Put the mixture over the lettuce. Sprinkle with dressing, garnish with red chili slivers.

Depending on the amount of lettuce you use this amount will feed two or three guests. Although earlier I was not too keen on the pomelo, we really did enjoy it's presence in the salad, it provided a lovely soft crunch and bite and the juices combined very well with the Asian inspired dressing. You could substitute with grapefruit but I think the taste and feel of pomelo is slightly different. Just try and see what you think.

5 comments:

  1. You can knock on the door anytime with a recipe like this! Fantastic, Baking Soda!

    I think it's one of the best I've ever seen and it will have a place of honour at our table!

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  2. Ivonne is right: This is beautiful! I'm in line.

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  3. What a mouthwatering salad! I am so happy you have made this for the party! Not only is it one of the prettiest salads I've ever seen but the flavor combination you've picked has made me very hungry! Thank you! Thank you so much for joining us! =)

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  4. This is exactly what I want to eat. Right this minute, please. My front door is unlocked, BTW.

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  5. This is one of my most favorite salads ever. It's so refreshing. I've never tried it with bacon though and I'm excited to try your version.

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