The kitchen is one of my safe havens. It’s my getaway. My sanctuary. And nothing excites me more than going into my small space and creating something out of magic.
This recipe stems from an enchanting blog, Manger. Mimi Thorisson’s (the writer) writing is so captivating, and I have been in a Julie & Julia state of mind, cooking almost every recipe that I stumble upon.
I chose this dish primarily because I was craving something light. It consists of red cabbage, red onion, balsamic vinegar, and puff pastry. I added a few things here and there to please my palate and get a little more creative such as prosciutto, and parmesan (pictured below). I added the walnuts like she has it in the recipe, but I have never really been a fan of them so I simply just picked them out while I ate. It’s really not a hassle.
To top it all off, I also decided to make a side salad with green leaf lettuce, and a tomato based dressing. I have to say, I am not one who enjoys dressing. I’d rather just eat the greens as they are, however this dressing is one of the BEST I have made thus far. No need for the store bought bottles of who-knows-what! To make it even better, the recipe is so simple. All you need are one heirloom tomato, 1 shallot, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and honey. The recipe will be posted below.
Overall, lunch was a success! The tart was light and full of flavor, just what I wanted. And the side salad, the perfect co-star. I suggest you try one of these recipes, and definitely give Manger a look. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Tomato and Shallot Dressing
I have made this dressing multiple times in the past. It’s never disappointed. If you have extras, just simply put in an air tight container and refrigerate. It will last for at least a week.
1 half of a Shallot (finely diced)
half of an Heirloom tomato (finely diced)
3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
3 Tbsp Olive Oil (you may use less if you desire)
1 Tbsp Honey (I use raw, unfiltered honey)
Simply dice up the tomato and shallot finely. Toss into a bowl along with the remainder of the ingredients and combine well. Taste to see if it is to your liking. If you desire a more sweeter dressing, then add more honey.