Sylvia was unpredictable as ever. She decided she loved the sour chocolate sauce and abandoned dinner to dip strawberries in the vinaigrette. She did eat mot of her dinner later.
E enjoyed the salad but his love of any sauce continues to amaze me. He enjoyed dipping his potato-quinoa scones into the vinaigrette. (These are based on the traditional Scottish tatty scone but with some cooked quinoa thrown in. We wondered what his Granny would have thought!)
For those who are wondering, the sauce not overly chocolatey. It was quite intense, thanks in part to the walnut oil. When I tasted it I could barely taste the chocolate but after I had eaten it there was a memory that I had eaten chocolate, like the shadow of a taste. That is all I need in a savoury dish.
Choosing Raw who served the vinaigrette with beetroot, avocado and strawberries. Then Janet of The Taste Space served the vinaigrette with strawberry avocado and mint. I had intended to include mint and forgot. Walnuts seemed just right for the salad for me.
I am sending this salad to Ren's Simple and in Season event, that is being hosted by Kate of Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Strawberries are plentiful right now so this was an interesting way to use them.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Oatmeal cutout cookies: on the good ship lollypop
Two years ago: GYO Tahini Caulflower and City Sights
Three years ago: Beauty and the Beast for World Bread Day
Four years ago: Broad Bean Pesto
Strawberry avocado and walnut salad with a chocolate vinaigrette
Adapted from The Taste Space and Choosing Raw
50g baby spinach leaves (a good handful)
1/2 small green capsicum, chopped
1/2 lebanese cucumber, chopped
150g strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
1/2 a large avocado, peeled and diced
handful (about 1/4 cup) walnuts
Balsamic chocolate vinaigrette:
(NB This is what I did. Half of this would do for the salad)
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp walnut oil (or olive oil)
1 tbsp cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
Chop walnuts and lightly dry fry in a small frypan while you make the vinaigrette. The walnuts are ready when they smell cooked and are starting to brown. Set aside.
To make vinaigrette, lightly whisk all ingredients together with a fork.
Arrange salad ingredients in a bowl (or directly on the plates) in the order that they are written in the ingredients list. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
On the stereo:
The songbook collection: Bert Bacharach and Hal David
Vegan Month of Food October 2012. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.