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Monday, 28 March 2016

Caramelised onion, cheese and hazelnut salad


Now some may say why not "Start your week right with a healthy Monday lunch" but you can eat this sort of salad any day of the week!

Ingredients:
Serves 8
( 7.4g carbohydrate per serving )
1 tbsp olive oil 
4 medium red onions, sliced
2 yellow peppers, washed, de-seeded and thinly sliced
50 g blanched hazelnuts
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp clear honey
100 g mix of watercress, spinach & rocket salad 
125 g Abergavenny goats cheese (or similar), crumbled

Method:
1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onions and peppers, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender and caramelised.
2. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, toast the hazelnuts over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until just golden. Tip the nuts on to a chopping board and roughly chop.
3. To make the dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard and honey together and season with freshly ground black pepper.
4. Divide the salad leaves between 8 small plates. Top with the caramelised onions and peppers, then scatter over the crumbled goats’ cheese and toasted hazelnuts. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.

Recipe idea from
here

Why use goats cheese ...
Cheeses are made from goats’ milk in every country where the animals are farmed, but usually this is on a small, domestic scale. France produces by far the largest range of commercial examples, from young, soft cheeses suitable for use in desserts to tangy, aged varieties that can be grated like parmesan.



In recent years, thanks to an increasing taste for goats’ milk products, many British versions have come onto the market – they are particularly common in Wales. The younger cheeses may be flavoured with herbs, pepper or fruit and spread like pâté, and older hard cheeses can be eaten in much the same way as Cheddar. Some people who have an intolerance to cows’ milk may find goats’ milk cheeses easier to digest.

Hope you may sit down soon and enjoy this salad.

All the best Jan

20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this salad looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Eileen, thanks for your comment.
I love salad ... and I love all the ingredients in this one, a pleasure to share it.

Enjoy your day

All the best Jan

Phil Slade said...

It's hard to beat a nicre piece of feta, in a greek salad or grilled with sliced peppers and red onions plus a blob or three of olive oil.

Jo said...

Yum, some lovely flavours there to combine. We enjoy goats cheese but don't eat is as often as our usual Cheddar, Red Leicester or Wensleydale.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looks good Jan. We're a bit spoiled for choice here as far as goats cheese and cheese in general goes.. Really good cheese from the Margaret River region down south and then there's New Zealand cheeses, yum! Hope you guys had a fab Easter.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Phil, thanks for your comment.
I like the sound of 'a blob or three of olive oil.'
Feta cheese - Greek salad - sounds delicious!

Have a good Monday

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jo, thanks for your comment.
I love the taste of these foods and yes, they do combine well.
Your cheeses are great too "Cheddar, Red Leicester or Wensleydale"

Enjoy your Monday

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Grace, thanks for your comment.
Can you ever have enough cheese in the house? ... "Margaret River region down south and then there's New Zealand cheeses," I bet they all taste great too!

I always find it funny - we have still most of Monday ahead, whilst your day is done...
We've had a relaxing Easter, thank you.

Hope the week ahead is a good one for you.

All the best Jan

Debbie said...

this salad looks very good!!! happy to have the recipe!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Debbie,thanks for your comment.
I love passing on good recipes, and I think this is a good one!!

Hope this Easter Monday has been a good one too !

All the best Jan

a writing place said...

Thank you so much Jan, for my Happy Birthday Wishes!

Gentle Spring hugs,
Tessa

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Tessa, thanks for your comment.
I hope you had a lovely birthday and a lovely Easter too!

Take care

All the best Jan

Kezzie said...

This sounds gorgeous!!! I like toasted nuts a lot, even though I'm not a fan of many raw nuts! Goats cheese is also delicious!x

Happyone said...

I'm not a diabetic but your recipes look and sound delicious. I try to eat right and will definitely be making some of these.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. : )

Denise inVA said...

Great post, tasty and it looks pretty too. Hope your Easter was a wonderful one Jan :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Kezzie, thanks for your comment.
Toasted nuts are wonderful aren't they ... and I do like goats cheese too, so a good combination!

Hope your Easter Monday was peaceful, and the weather did not affect your plans too much.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Karen (Happyone), thanks for your comment and a warm welcome to the low carb diabetic blog.
You will find quite a mix of articles here, primarily to do with diabetes and the LCHF lifestyle but also other posts such as music, books, lots of recipes.
We hope something to interest all ...

I hope you have had a wonderful Easter, and please come back and visit again ...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Denise, thanks for your comment.
We have had a very nice Easter weekend, although the weather has been mixed and very windy at times. However, we've enjoyed some great food ...
This recipe for example just says eat me please, and I agree the colours are nice too!

I do hope your Easter weekend has been enjoyable.

All the best Jan

Snowbird said...

Oh ....how delicious that looks.xxx

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Snowbird, thanks for your comment.
You can't beat a nice healthy salad recipe can you - delicious describes it well, I think!!

All the best Jan