Category Archives: Salad

Seared Scallop and Beet Salad with Lemon-Crème Fraîche Dressing

To me the most elegant shellfish is a scallop, and I always think a meal is special if scallops are served.  When we were creating our holiday entertaining menu, this was the salad we both loved.  It has the softness of the avocado, the richness of the scallop and the citrusy bite of the orange […]

Green Bean Chicken Salad & Curry Vinaigrette

Cider food pairings chicken salad

I asked friend and Seattle freelance chef Olaiya Land to help me with the creation of several salads to pair with our ciders. She pulled flavor notes from each of our ciders and I pulled recipes that I wanted to reference. When we came together in my kitchen to start creating, we approached each salad, […]

Apple Spinach Salad & Crispy Almonds

Cider food pairings spinach

A perfect salad for the day when you want the meal to taste like you had hours to spend in the kitchen but you had only 20 minutes. Olaiya had a special trick to make this simple salad outstanding – it’s takes 4 to 5 minutes and it makes everyone ask, “What did you do […]

Farro Salad with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Cider food pairings asparagus

Grains and cider are a match made in heaven, and grain salads are healthy and easy to prepare. In this salad the farro and mushrooms are such an earthy combination especially with the toasted walnuts. The first time I made this my chives were blooming in the garden and they were beautiful in this salad, […]

Arugula Smoked Salmon & Hazelnuts with Cherry Cider Dressing

Cider food pairings arugula

This salad was a collaboration of Olaiya Land and Sharon Campbell. Both agreed that the Cherry Cider and Salmon are a match and we thought arugula would work as the greens and that’s how we started. Cider reduction is something that I make frequently, but not with our Cherry Cider. Olaiya had this idea for […]