the vinaigrette to end all vinaigrette’s…

June 11th, 2008 · 36 Comments

a couple of weeks ago i came across this post the very same day that chris was coming by with his duck confit.  as soon as my eyes locked in on the recipe, i knew this was to be my promised companion salad, a guaranteed sure-fire marriage made in heaven.  the richness of the crispy duck atop some perfectly cooked lemon butter asparagus – and then this salad beside it.  beautiful.

arugula and mango salad with a white chocolate and sriracha vinaigrette
shamelessly stolen from the
culinary sherpas

all i can say is that this salad had me at hello…

1 package baby arugula leaves
1 mango – sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sriracha
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup grated best quality white chocolate
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

in a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the sugar, orange juice, sriracha, and white wine vinegar.
stir and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar.
remove from heat and add the white chocolate, stirring well to melt and incorporate it into the dressing.
set aside and let cool, but do not refrigerate or the chocolate will set and become hard.
combine the arugula, cilantro, and mango in a salad bowl
whisk the olive oil into the white chocolate mixture to incorporate, season with salt and pepper, and toss well.

i highly recommend that you run-not-walk and make this salad.  it was impressive in every way.  the white chocolate is very subtle and the acidity of the vinegar breaks the cocoa butter perfectly.

today ceF is officially 1 year old. 

thanks for all your well wishes.  i would have baked you a cake, but in the name of zipping my jeans and continuing on with my plan, instead i put up a few updated pictures of myself taken last week (the very night i -ahem- had dinner with joe bastianich) and took down the younger thinner versions from last year.  after all, this ain’t match.com – if you get my drift. 

i’m just keeping it real…

so, i lift my glass of filtered water to all of you.  here’s to another 171 posts.  fyi, that’s 1,197 in dog posts.

hey, thanks for reading…

Tags: salad

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