Strawberry & Chicory Salad

I know it’s still a bit early for strawberries, and it might have been the hot and sunny weather, but when I spotted these shiny red beauties earlier this week, I just couldn’t resist. Fortunately, I also had a few heads of chicory lying around. Raw, most chicory nowadays is mild, crunchy and sweet. Cooking brings out its slightly bitter aroma, so I like to char the leaves briefly in a hot pan to up the flavour a little bit without losing the crunch. Combined with sweet, juicy strawberries, balsamic vinaigrette, salty sunflower seeds and creamy chunks of buffalo mozzarella this salad is everything it should be. 

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Ingredients (for 2):

2 small heads of chicory, leaves separated

about 10 strawberries, sliced

a handful of sunflower seeds

a splash of soy sauce

1 ball of buffalo mozzarella

for the vinaigrette

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1,5 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt

black pepper

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  • Heat a tiny bit of sunflower oil in a hot skillet and stir the sunflower seeds until golden brown. Add a splash of soy sauce, coat to stir and immediately transfer to a bowl.

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  • Clean the pan, add a drop of olive oil and briefly char the chicory leaves in the hot pan.
  • Arrange the chicory on a plate with the sliced strawberries, the sunflower seeds and tiny pieces of buffalo mozzarella, then finish off with the balsamic vinaigrette and a generous amount of freshly milled black pepper.

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Welcome to Cuisine d’Eli. My name is Elizabeth and I’m a personal chef and caterer with a passion for sustainable food. I’m based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Contact me for more information and/or bookings.

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