Delicate escarole & fruit salad : Weekly photo challenge post


I love the word “delicate”. I think it applies to almost anything that is nice, pretty and grand in life. It adds the exact texture to uncontrolled emotions, surprising events and violent tragedies. In these last decades when being aggressive and competitive has become the “raison d’être” in western society, delicacy might be an alternative path that will eventually and certainly lead to any goal we have in life. Yes, I am thinking of the horrible shooting in Newtown… Where a mother not only buys guns for protection (in one of the safest towns in the country) but also is ok with her sons enrolling in shooting classes…

I loved this WordPress photo challenge this week which has inspired me to post this recipe for my delicate salad, created specially for the purpose. Thanks for the inspiration!

In these weeks before Christmas, when rich food is one of the main excuses for the holidays get together, a simple, fresh and easy salad is the best way to balance out the endless indulging we dive in.
This delicate salad will do this job for you along with some much needed detoxing. Escarole is a green leaf that has a twist of bitterness, yet mild and gentle, specially if you don’t use the dark green part of the leaves. The white balsamic dressing brought to this salad a perfect combination of sweet and tangy, without any overwhelming ….Then I added my ultimate favorite dry figs, fresh papaya and cantaloupe. It made a great side for our fish dinner today, along with some cold white wine and some candles on the table to light the senses in a serene feast of flavors.

Delicate escarole & fruit salad

1 escarole head washed and dry, roughly chopped (discard the dark green leaves if you wish)
1/4 cup dry figs thinly sliced
3/4 cup papaya chunks (or small balls if you have the time)
1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks or small balls

White balsamic dressing
4 or 5 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
3 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp mixed salad herbs ( or dry parsley)

In a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and set aside.
In large salad bowl mix escarole, figs, papaya and cantaloupe.
When ready to serve, add the dressing to the salad, mixing well.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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Light creamy chicken salad

Arugula and papaya salad with ginger dressing

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3 thoughts on “Delicate escarole & fruit salad : Weekly photo challenge post”

  1. This sounds SO good – you’re right about the need for lighter food during these days, and the escarole against the fruit & figs – interesting. Thank you for the “like” too –

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