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Salad presentation ideas

post #1 of 14
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I'm making a salad tonight with arugula, roasted beets, ricotta cheese, pine nuts and balsamic vinegraitte.  Any ideas how to make it looks pretty?  Especially the ricotta cheese, I don't want to stir in blobs of cheese.

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post #2 of 14

You already know this of course Kouk' but with roasted beets, if you mix everything, then everything will be purple/red. 

 

I would first dress the beets on their own, and lightly dress the arugula on its own (I would add a bit extra salt in the arugula dressing). 

 

1) Make a bed of arugula with the prettiest leaves on the outskirts of the plate. 

2) Place sliced or diced beets on top in the center. 

3) Garnish with crumbled cheese and (toasted) pine nuts on top. 

post #3 of 14

Make the ricotta into a triangle shape and place on top of salad. Let guest mix it in as they would like.

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post #4 of 14

actually we did a beet salad today with feta & walnuts.  pretty sloppy plating job - could have been done a lot cleaner but i thought i'd show you anyways in case it sparks some ideas

 

 

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post #5 of 14

Looks pretty clean to me MissyD! Great job. Makes me re-think my original idea of having a bed of arugula with the beets on top: beets on the bottom, salad on top seems to make more sense now that I've seen your photograph. 

post #6 of 14

How about this one;

Mix arugula, pine nuts and 1/2 clove of garlic in a foodprocessor. Add a few tbsp of olive oil or water to get the mix going. Don't overmix into a paste, pesto-style texture is more like it.

Fold mixture into the ricotta with s&p and a pinch of dried chili flakes or cayenne. Maybe add a few drops of lemon juice if needed. You could use a serving ring to make nice ricotta cylinders.

 

-> Alternatively you could smear the ricotta mixture on flour tortillas (soften them first in a pan @ low heat), roll, let set and cut in half before serving with beetroot.

Cut the beetroot in small cubes aka brunoise. Add 1 tbsp of plain sugar and as much white wine vinegar to balance the sugar. Add s&p and a little thyme. Mix well and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

post #7 of 14
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Thanks for the ideas, I really wanted to do a little napoleon style but ran out of time since my toddler decided to throw a massive tantrum.  I ended up plating like this:

 

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post #8 of 14

Your plating is beautiful. Great job. 

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Thanks for the ideas, I really wanted to do a little napoleon style but ran out of time since my toddler decided to throw a massive tantrum. 

Sounds pretty typical of what would happen in my house too. lol.gif

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Your plating is beautiful. Great job. 

Sounds pretty typical of what would happen in my house too. lol.gif

 

And then some of the beets were thrown around by said toddler.

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He's just rehearsing painting the town red. lol.gif

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He's just rehearsing painting the town red. lol.gif

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post #12 of 14

i prefer the look of the composed salad :) 

lightly dressed with extra on the side 

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He's just rehearsing painting the town red. lol.gif

High Plains Drifter? Also, renaming the town "Hell"? cool.gif

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i prefer the look of the composed salad :) 

lightly dressed with extra on the side 

 

Nice, but I don't like the tomatoes all in a row like that.  Lining up food makes me nervous.

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