Saturday, December 22, 2007

berry good

Salad. Let's face it. Without a little creativity, it's just rabbit food ... and unless you've been lying to me all this time and you're actually a rabbit(!) ... well, basic salad simply won't cut it. At least not in the dingobear kitchen, and certainly not for the menu we're developing for the starfish and waffles café. So here's a novel idea: how about putting berries in your salad?

Never eaten a salad with blackberries in it? You disgust me and I'm embarrassed to know you. Fortunately, our original Swedish Bearberry Salad with Cashew Nuts can make you socially acceptable again. I think you owe it to yourself to give it a try - it's really berry good. HAHAHAHAHA - sometimes, I'm so funny, it hurts.

But not just any kind of berries. We want blackberries. Or as the Swedes here call them: björnbär. The direct translation of björnbär into English? Bearberry. Now you see why the editor is so enthusiastic about blackberries in salads.

Below is the recipe for our original Swedish Bearberry Salad with Cashew Nuts. A hit on the Lund University student potluck dinner circuit, it's not just rabbit food - it's bear food. (Also popular with humans).

Swedish Bearberry Salad with Cashew Nuts
350 grams of prepackaged, pre-washed, baby salad greens (arugula, romaine, radiccio)
250 grams of blackberries (fresh or frozen), whole
200 grams of strawberries (fresh or frozen), sliced
75 grams of cashews, toasted and salted
1 part balsamic vinegar
1 part honey

When using prepackaged salad mix, it's always still a good idea to run them under the faucet for a rinse even if they're already pre-washed. Evenly mix in the blackberries, sliced strawberries, and cashews, in a nice salad bowl. It doesn't get any easier than this.

A sweet vinaigrette works best with this salad and I always make my own with only two ingredients: balsamic vinegar and honey. I never measure, but I roughly aim for a one-to-one ratio when pouring the two condiments into a large measuring cup. Whisk until thoroughly blended.

If you follow the amounts listed in the ingredients, you'll end up with a lot of salad, easily feeding 8 to 10 people. Adjust quantities as required.

So there you have it: the Swedish Bearberry Salad with Cashew Nuts ... the cure for all the (salad) that ills you.

'Ttil next time, bears and rabbits!

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  1. looks refreshing ... yum!

  2. Mmmm...that looks yummy yummy yummy in my tummy. I am going to give this one a try...of course I'll pretend I made the recipe up myself!

  3. M ... Yes, it is! (Well, as refreshing as salads go, anyway).

    Sophie ... Hey, we want royalties! (Or, at least credit).