This is the premiere of our brand new video series: Saucy, where we provide practical answers to you culinary queries with some sass and some laughs.
For our first episode we got an amazing viewer question that we’re sure a lot of you can relate to. Here’s what she asked:
“We know you ladies are all about cooking but when I get home that’s the last thing I want to do. I just want something easy, light and refreshing. What can I make that will be simple to pull together but still tastes amazing?” -Leslie
Watch the video below to see how we hooked Leslie up big time.
For the base of this simple summer dinner we incorporated a way underutilized green: escarole.
We like to think of escarole as kale’s cool cousin from the next town over.
They can both be eaten raw or cooked but escarole has a bit more spice. Something we never shy away from at HCC.
We layered on some gorgeous smoked salmon, cucumber ribbons and added dots of a creamy goat cheese. Topped it with some fresh herbs, capers, a simple vinaigrette et, voila! Dinner is done in 5-minutes flat.
Watch the video below to see it all come together.
Smoked Salmon Escarole Salad
Time: 5 minutes
- 6-8 escarole leaves, washed and dried
- 1 cucumber ribbons (use a vegetable peeler)
- 1 package of wild caught smoked salmon
- 1/4 cup of goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon capers or sliced kalamata olives
- 4-6 basil leaves, roughly torn
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon shallot, grated
- Dash of pepper
To make the dressing combine your lemon juice, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard in a bowl. Grate in the shallot, add a dash of pepper, then whisk well as you pour in your extra virgin olive oil.
Make your cucumber ribbons using a vegetable peeler and toss it well with the dressing–don’t use it all at once. Pour about 1/2 on your cukes and save the rest for later.
In a plate or bowl, lay down your escarole then layer on your cucumbers, salmon, capers, basil and cheese. And on a drizzle of extra dressing and dig in!