Saturday, May 17, 2008


Finally the sunny weather is arrived on the French Riviera, we began to have our meals on the terrace and the first hot weather gave me the wish to eat something fresh and light.

Gorgonzola salad makes me cheerful: the crunchy vegetables, the strong colors and the
gourmand taste of Gorgonzola cheese are so perfect.

They combine so well with my creation STONE, a name holder for your table made with the pebbles that I find on the beach where I live.
STONE is made with copper thread and pearls.
They are inspired by the calm and the zen atmosphere during a winter day on the beach playing with my son.

They can give a design and fresh touch to your table, you can use them to place a card or as name holder for your special dinner with friends.
If you like them, click here to shop.

I am a great lover of cheese and living in France gives me the chance to have a large choice of different wonderful varieties.

Occasionally my heart goes back to Italy to my favorite ones: mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) and Gorgonzola dolce.

Gorgonzola dolce (sweet) is something special: creamy, spicy, pungent...
If you leave it at room temperature, it will reach its peak of perfection: the creamy texture envelops the palate and it's a real delight.

You can also use Gorgonzola piccante (hot and spicy): it has a greener colour, a more compact texture and a more strong and decisive taste, but obviously the choise depends on whether you prefer mild or spicy food.

I think that this recipe is a different way to approach gorgonzola. It's usually considered a cheese for winter dishes, but in my opinion it makes wonders with the mixed salad.

About the presentation: I suggest to stay "in color". If you eat in the garden or on the terrace try to use a bright tablecloth that will help to think of sunny days. Increase the impact by adding a bouquet of chives as I have done, or placing a flower in a flower holder like this.

preparation: 15 minutes
kcal per person: 300
about kcal of this salad: Attention the number of kcal can be very different if you put a lot of olive oil!

For 4 people you will need:
- green salad
-16 cherry tomatoes
-some chives
- 1 apple
-100 g (3,5 oz) soy sprouts
-some pine nuts
-4 slices of bread
-200g (7 oz) of gorgonzola dolce cheese
-olive oil and balsamic vinegar
-salt and pepper

Compose carefully your plate: a beautifully looking plate makes the food even better!

*compose the salad in a big bowl or in 4 bowls as I did, adding the green salad, the cherry tomatoes, the apple (peeled and diced), the soy sprouts.
*spread the cheese on the 4 slices of bread
*sprinkle with small pieces of chives and some pine nuts
*place the slices of bread in a corner of the bowl
*add a pinch of salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar


Katy said...

yum! gorgonzola is my favorite, and i am growing cherry tomatoes this summer! this sounds absolutely perfect.

Vicki said...

I've never had gorgonzola picante before, it sounds delicious!

Peter M said...

Francesca, good looking food here and salads with blue cheese are a favourite of mine...thanks for dropping by my blog.