Frisée is a hardy lettuce with a slightly bitter taste and crisp texture. Tossing it with citrus wedges, chile-coated pistachios and goat cheese creates a salad with textural contrast and fabulously integrated flavors. This salad uses no dressing, as the components and a drizzle of good-quality olive oil provide enough flavor on their own.
Serves | 8 |
- 1 lb frisée lettuce
- ¼ cup shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp smoked Spanish paprika
- ½ cup salted pistachios
- good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 Satsuma mandarins*, peeled and separated into individual sections
- 4 oz chèvre, crumbled
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
| Preparation | Chop or tear lettuce into 1-inch pieces and wash thoroughly. Dry thoroughly. Refrigerate in a clean, rolled-up towel until ready to serve. Slice shallots 1/8-inch thick and place in a small bowl. Immediately pour vinegar over the shallots and mix thoroughly. In a small bowl, combine sugar and smoked paprika. In a separate bowl, toss pistachios in 1 tsp of olive oil. Add spice mixture to pistachios and toss to coat. Set aside.
On 8 chilled salad plates, place a handful of frisée and add a few shallots, a few mandarin wedges and ½ oz of crumbled chèvre. Drizzle with olive oil and top with spiced pistachios. Sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
* If you can’t locate Satsuma mandarins, any kind of clementine can be substituted.