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Warm Salad with Goat Cheese Black Olives and Crisp Potato

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Category: Salads, French

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Unpeeled white boiling
  • - potatoes, halved
  • - up to three
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tb Butter or more as needed
  • 4 Mixed baby greens
  • 2 tb Minced fresh chervil
  • 3 tb Minced fresh chives
  • 1 tb Minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Shallot; minced
  • 2 tb Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tb White wine vinegar
  • 3 oz Fresh white goat or sheep
  • - cheese cut or crubled
  • - into pieces
  • 8 Flavorful black
  • - Mediterranean olives
  • - Pitted, up to twelve


Warm salads are a bistro mainstay, sustaining enough to satisfy the soul,
yet light enough not to smother the appetite for the rest of the meal.
Salad ingredients can be tossed together in a pan with hot dressing over
heat until they wilt, or they can be set on plates and have a hot dressing
or hot ingredients poured over them.

The best warm salads are made with hearty greens; delicate little lettuces
would loose their moisture and freshness. Cabbage, frisee, and vegetables
such as beets or potatoes are all good; and a vinaigrette-tossed mixture of
baby greens is an excellent base for anything hot, such as grilled
artichoke hearts or that bistro classic, hot goat cheese.

In fact, warmed salads with any of the wide variety of goat cheeses and
blue cheeses are a bistro classic, adding blasts of big flavor in each tiny
nugget that melts delicately when the warm ingredients are added. Young
asparagus stalks and green beans, bits of sweet juicy cherry tomatoes, and
handfuls of herbs are often tossed into warm salads at the last minute for
fragrant freshness.

The contrast between fresh raw greens, tangy goat cheese, and crisply
browned potatoes is marvelous; in recent years I've found variations and
variations on this theme in bistros around France.

A scattering of black olives adds a jaunty accent, and the goat cheese
melts seductively on the salad greens when the hot potato cakes are added.
Serve with a crisp Sancerre or a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire.

Cook the potatoes in boiling water until they are halfway tender, about 15
minutes. The potatoes should be still slightly crunchy.

Rinse in cold water, then shred or grate using the large rasps of a grater
or in a food processor. Most of the peel should slip off in the process;
ignore any that doesn't and discard the peel that does. Season the potato
shreds with salt and pepper.

In a large, heavy cast-iron or nonstick skillet, melt the butter over
medium-high heat and spoon in mounds of the potato mixture, pressing them
down as they brown, until the bottoms of the pancakes are golden brown,
adding more butter if needed. Turn and cook the second side until the cakes
are crisp-edged and browned.

Meanwhile, combine the greens with the chervil, chives, parsley, and
shallot, then dress with the olive oil and vinegar.

Sprinkle the top of the salad with the goat cheese and olives.

When the potato pancakes are cooked through, place them on the dressed
salad leaves.

Serve right away.

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