Monday, March 31, 2008

Parmesan wafer salad

Parmesan wafer salad

Donna Hay again. Bear with me, please. :)

This salad was published on her magazine #29, in 2006, and it was part of an article in which she showed the readers some of the recipes from a book she was releasing back then. Such a teaser! I chose this salad because I love each and every ingredient in it, but I must admit that seeing it on the cover of the book made me think of how special it would be.

If you want a light, different and tasty meal, look no further.

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This is my entry for the Weekend Herb Blogging, this time hosted by the lovely Kalyn, the mind behind that wonderful event.

Parmesan wafer salad

Parmesan wafer salad
from Donna Hay magazine

1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 red apples, thinly sliced
80g (3oz) arugula leaves
1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g (5oz) goat’s cheese

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/355ºF. Arrange 8 x 1 ½ tablespoons of parmesan in circles on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper* and bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. Set aside to cool.
Place balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Arrange the arugula on serving plates, top with apple slices and goat’s cheese and drizzle with the dressing.
Finish it off with the parmesan wafer.

* I used regular baking paper coated with cooking spray. The cheese got stuck. So I tried it again, using foil coated with cooking spray and it worked out perfectly.

Serves 4

41 comments:

linda said...

Delicious! Parmesan is sooo delicious, especially with arugula!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Great presentation - very professional! I'd eat that in a heartbeat...

Peter M said...

Gorgeous salad Patricia...excellent start to a lunch.

LyB said...

That sounds lovely! The flavors of all the ingredients must really compliment each other. Beautiful presentation!

Manggy said...

Don't worry, Patricia, I will always keep coming back even if it was Donna Hay everyday :) Regardless, your wafers look great, and they're so difficult to make!

ChichaJo said...

Oooh! I have been eyeing that recipe...I read the magazine and the book! No need to apologize to me for a Donna Hay recipe :) :) :) And my goodness but your styling is perfect...I love it!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What beautiful plating! It looks so elegant. Are you opening a restaurant, Patricia?

Tartelette said...

Gorgeous! I love everything about this salad! Right out from a restaurant kitchen!

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Love the parmesan wafer Pat!
Your salad looks wonderful:)

Kelly-Jane said...

That would be such a delicious first course, and so pretty too, the wafer is so delicate.

JB said...

Patricia,
This looks awesome. I'll definitely be making this in the near future.
Miss you girl, so glad to be back, can't wait to catch up on your blog.

Deborah said...

That is truly a gorgeous salad!

Hannah said...

What a simple but fresh presentation, very nicely plated.

Pam said...

I love, love, love Donna Hay! Your picture is beautiful and the salad sounds great!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Your photo looks lovely enough to be on the cover of a book! Parmesan crisps dress up any salad, don't they? I love to make them.

Dayna said...

yumm! That looks light and lovely.
What a perfect lunch.

Kalyn said...

It sounds delicious. Would you believe I've never seen a single Donna Hay book or magazine? I know, I'm culturally deprived. I've never even seen them in stores.

Kevin said...

This salad sounds nice and looks good! I like the sweet (apple and balsamic vinegar) and cheese combo.

Peabody said...

I am so loving this salad. I love the goat cheese with the apple. I remember seeing this salad in the magazine.

sher said...

That's wonderful. What a lovely and sophisticated treat. I would love to serve that to guests. I think I will!!! Thanks.

Mary Coleman said...

Isn't it just amazing that something so simple turns out to be spectacular? Beautifully done!
Love your blog.
Mary

Patricia Scarpin said...

Linda, I love parmesan, too!

Hi there! I'm flattered by your comment, tks!

Pete, thank you!

LyB, thank you, sweetie!

Mark, I'm glad to hear that, my friend. ;)
In the oven they're not difficult, believe me!

Joey, I knew you'd like this. :)
You're far too kind!

Lynn, who knows? Maybe someday... :)

Helen, thank you, darling!

Stella, that wafer is oh, so good!

Kelly-Jane, it's delicate and delicious.

JB, I've missed you too, my dear friend! It's great to have you back.

Deb, thank you!

Hannah, the ingredients were fresh and full of flavor.

Pam, Donna rocks! :)

Lydia, you are so kind and sweet, my dear, thank you! *blushing*

Dayna, thank you!

Kalyn, I'm glad you like my entry. And you should definitely catch up on Donna's recipes, they're amazing.

Kevin, apple and cheese are great together.

Pea, I think you'd like this.

Sher, I hope you do!

Mary, thank you for your comment! You are very kind.

Gattina said...

oh how adorable! You have a hand of artist, that wafer is perfectly roudn shape!

maybahay said...

beautifully-presented, sounds very tasty.

Karin said...

Is it possible to make small "baskets" of grated Parmesan cheese?

Just before Easter I saw pictures of small Parmesan cheese baskets filled with a salmon-shrimp mixture. I would like to make such baskets but I am afraid to fail.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a lovely and elegant salad! It looks just beautiful...and tasty!

didally said...

Ooo... parmesan wafer, that's interesting. It's ok to use Donna Hay's recipes cos I love them as well.

said...

This salad looks so perfectly balanced and delicious! Mmmmm...

Julie said...

That looks very light and healthy

(another) Julie said...

That looks absolutely spectacular.

vegeyum said...

Just one word. Yum.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

My mother-in-law was visiting last week and just told me about a parmesan wafter salad she made. Seriously. She was giving me suggestions on how to make the wafers. Your look perfect, Patricia. It must have been simply delicious.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Isn't this just beautiful. What a clever idea to start a meal. Cheese and apple, a wonderful combo.

rkhooks.net said...

OMGoodness anything with parmesan cheese is a sure hit with me. Absolutely love the stuff.

Neen said...

Beautiful presentations. I bought a Donna Hay magazine several months ago, enticed by all the beautiful photographs, but then was disappointed by the first one or dishes I tried out of it (a roasted parsnips with maple syrup recipe was way too sweet...). I guess I'll have to read more of your blog to discover what you think of her!

Laurie Constantino said...

Well, this could definitely be a magazine cover, no doubt about it. I love these wafers, which I know as frico - I used to make them all the time. Yesterday, my husband asked why I quit making them - I just showed him your picture, and he said they looked wonderful, which was the point he'd been trying to make. Guess I better get going on them!

ejm said...

This looks stunningly beautiful and sounds delicious! I'm not surprised that you had to make it when you saw the photo on the book cover. Your photo of your salad is equally compelling and when arugula and apples are in season, I must remember to try it!

-Elizabeth

Kristen said...

I recently made and blogged about Parmesan cheese bowls. I bet adding this as the salad inside would be yummy!

Anna said...

what brilliant presentation. you got that parmesan wafer so perfectly round!!!
i imagine that combination of flavours would be fantastic.

nicisme said...

Now that is beautifully presented!

Inne said...

Yum! I instantly recognised it was Donna Hay, Patricia. I've been drooling too over that magazine...

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