The other weekend at Julienne my lactose-intolerant self decided that she has a thing for Gorgonzola Cheese. Despite my general hesitancies with blue-veined fromage, Monsieur Gorgonzola has proven attractive in diverse situations - primarily pear salad and open-face omelette, melted and crumbled - and his allure was too much to resist. I knew he was not good for me, but what could I do? I took the good with the bad (and the lactose pill with the cheese) and pursued the passion in my heart.
This affair resulted in a spur-of-the-moment trip to the store, where there was only a tub of crumbled, generic-brand Mr. G - but better than nothing. It turned out to be a bit dry, but the flavor was what I was looking for. I was too tired to assemble an inspiring salad that night, but the chunks of Gorgonzola fit perfectly inside capped strawberries. Definitely an appetizer waiting to happen!
A few nights later, however, the inspiration came, and the salad pictured above came to life: red leaf lettuce, mango, strawberries, blueberries, pecan bits, balsamic vinaigrette, and Mr. G. This Monsieur Gorgonzola Salad is the less-sweet and more fresh counterpart to the Mistress Salad I had in Israel (not necessarily a statement about male v. female food characteristics); rather than caramelized dressing and pears, the dressing was tart and the fruits straight-up . I ate it alone in my kitchen and actually made exclamations out loud while I ate it - "That is so good!", "oh my goodness!", "mmmmmm." Profound observations, yes?
Monsieur Gorgonzola Salad
1 head red leaf lettuce
1 whole mango
4 large strawberries
1 small handful fresh blueberries
(substitute/add any fresh fruits in season or your faves)
light dusting of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
light dusting of roasted unsalted pecan bits (TJ's has a great package of these)
Trader Joe's Fat-free Balsamic Vinaigrette
For one large salad as a one-person entrée, wash and tear up a plateful of lettuce (approximately 1/3 of the head). Peel and slice the mango, wash and slice the strawberries, and arrange these with all the rest of the ingredients artfully on the lettuce. Lightly dress the salad, and enjoy!