Grilled plum salad with aged gouda and pecans

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time2 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the dressing

2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad

4 ripe plums (about 450g), pitted and quartered
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
100g torn escarole (or other chicory) leaves
For the dressing:
1) Whisk the vinegar, honey, 3/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in oil, starting with a few drops and adding the rest in a steady stream to make a smooth, slightly thick vinaigrette. Set aside.

For the plum salad:
1) Heat a griddle pan over medium-high heat. Brush the plums with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

2) Cook the plums until slightly soft, about 1 min per side. To get distinct griddle marks, resist the temptation to move the fruit around on the pan as it cooks.

3) Cut the plum wedges in half crosswise and toss with the dressing. Set the plums aside to marinate in the dressing for 15 mins. (The salad can be prepared up to this point 1 hr before serving.)

4) Immediately before serving, toss the greens with the plums and dressing. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates and scatter the cheese and pecans over the tops.

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