Warm Mushroom Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

It’s that time of the year, when many of us are entertaining friends and families.  I will try to post lots of yummy mushroom recipes in the next few weeks to help you out!

This recipe was given to me recently by a school friend.  Although the name says “goat cheese and walnuts”, feel free to replace the cheese with another variety (grated parmesan, perhaps).  Also, the first time I made this, I lost track of time and scorched the walnuts.  I used sunflower seeds instead that time.  The fabulous surprise in this recipe is the amazing flavour combination of honey and apple cider vinegar.

Well, tonight, all went well in the kitchen.  The only thing I added were some pea shoots to the greens.  I used some crumbled goat feta, rather than the cream cheese this time.  I have always felt (and said) that recipes are only guidelines.  It’s okay to switch things around to accommodate personal preferences – or what’s available in the fridge.   Enjoy!

Warm Mushrooms Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts  (serves 4)

6 cups mesclun or spring mix greens

1 large apple

1 log goat cheese (about 140 gms)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

12 oz. assorted mushrooms (shiitake, oyster)

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup raw honey

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts

Divide salad greens among 4 plates.  Cut apple into quarters.  Cut each quarter into 8 thin slices and arrange in a circle on top of the greens.  Place 2 slices goat cheese in centre of each circle.  Slice mushrooms and saute in oil over medium-high heat in skillet.  Cook, stirring, until tender, about 3 – 5 minutes.  Add onions, honey, vinegar,  salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring, for 15 seconds, until hot.  Remove from heat.  Spoon warm mushroom mixture over salad greens.  Sprinkle with walnuts.  Serve immediately.

** You can prepare the mushrooms with the honey/vinegar mixture ahead of time and refrigerate.  Reheat before plating onto greens.  Also, to be a bit more festive, you could throw on a few dried cranberries for some colour!



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eugene & Irma on December 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    This sounds so yummy, I will make it this week, when we have visitors


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