Surprise Salad

Surprise Salad

Dena Moran

This is a true FLASH recipe.  Easy and fast and delicious, made with some of Olde Hudson’s favorite ingredients. The cheese surprise is Taleggio Il Caravaggio, a semi-soft washed rind cheese from Lombardy, perfectly suited to be the prize buried beneath flavor-filled veggies.  It is aromatic, yet mild with a moist/oozy texture, a strong/buttery--even meaty--flavor and a fruity finish.

Serve it as an easy light lunch with great crusty bread and perfect butter – try my Vermont Butter and Cheese Butter.  Or serve it as a first before a pure roasted air-chilled chicken or simple salmon.  How about a combined salad-cum-cheese course?  We do love happy endings!

Serves 4 grateful diners


½ lb Taleggio il Caravaggio cut into 4 lengthwise pieces
1 Fennel Bulb thinly sliced
½ thinly sliced red onion
2 stalks celery thinly sliced lengthwise then cut into 1 inch pieces
Fresh squeezed juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
2 Tablespoons La Castellina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste.  

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Let sit for 20-30 minutes.

Toss and serve over 2 ounces of Tallegio il Caravaggio.  

These ingredients can be found at Olde Hudson