Thursday, 28 June 2012

Goats Cheese and Mango Salad for the #CapricornChallenge

Today I am blogging again for the Somerset Goats Cheese Capricorn Challenge and I have created a Goats Cheese and Mango Salad. This is a fabulous summer salad which looks so pretty and tastes delicious. The sweetness of the mango really complements the creamy taste of the goats cheese. The cucumber and radish provides adequate 'crunch', and the rocket provides a great backdrop to the whole dish. I also added some pumpkin seeds, toasted in a quince jam, for a bit of extra flavour and sweetness. The quince pumpkin seeds worked really well, but it can be a bit of a mission to separate them from each other once they are cooked. This salad tasted so wonderful, and hubby and I really enjoyed eating it. We will be making this again on another hot summers day!

If you would like a tutorial on how to cut a mango, then there is a great one on Youtube 

Goats Cheese & Mango Salad

100g Somerset Goats Cheese, cut into small pieces
150g Rocket Salad
100g Baby Radish, halved and finely sliced
Half a Cucumber
Two Mangos, chopped and cut into small pieces
75g Pumpkin Seeds
2tbsp Quince Jam (optional)

For the Dressing:
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
lemon Juice

or: Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil

  1. Place the rocket into a serving bowl, or individual bowls as the base of your salad.
  2. Toast some pumpkin seeds in a saucepan over a high heat for a couple of minutes, add the quince jam, and bring the jam to boiling point, stirring the jam and pumpkin seeds regularly. Once cooked, drain and rub the seeds between your hands to separate them if they have become suck together.
  3. Spread the radish and cucumber over the top of the rocket, covering evenly.
  4. Add the mango, spread evenly over the dish.
  5. Intersperse the Goats Cheese amongst the mango.
  6. Sprinkle the Pumpkin seeds over the top of the salad.
  7. Mix the salad dressing ingredients together - I tend to add a little of each and then keep adding until I am happy with the dressing. You could use oil, lemon and salt, or try oil and balsamic vinegar, or add any dressing you like!
  8. Serve Immediately.

Disclosure: I was sent a hamper full of products to create recipes for the Somerset Goats Cheese Capricorn Challenge

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