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Signature salad with pistachios and smoked Gouda

Recipe by:Paul Murphy
Humphrey's Restaurant, San Diego

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup guava or mango puree (available at specialty stores)
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp. pear balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bag baby mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup toasted pistachios
  • 3 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 basket strawberries (stemmed and sliced) or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shaved carrots
  • 12 slices English cucumbers

Directions

In a medium saucepan, heat puree over medium heat and reduce by half. Remove from heat and let cool. Put puree through a strainer in a mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in oil, vinegar and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Place enough mixed greens for 4 salads in a separate mixing bowl. Add dressing, pistachios, cheese, strawberries and carrots. Toss all ingredients and season to taste. Arrange 3 cucumber slices around the edge of each salad plate and place salad mixture in the center.

Serves 4

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