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Fresh Basil Raspberry & Goat Cheese Salad

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Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

The combination of juicy raspberries, savory fennel, creamy goat cheese, sweet and savory taste of basil with peppery and minty undertones, all topped on a bed of leafy greens and dressed with a sweet raw honey vinaigrette.

Goat cheese pairs wonderfully with fresh fruit. And in this salad, little round balls of cheese are coated with cooked wheat berry. Biting into one gives a creamy flavored crunch to your palate.

Fresh Basil Raspberry & Goat Cheese Salad

4 cups of red leaf salad, or leafy spring greens

4 cups basil, fresh

1 fennel, thinly sliced

2 cups raspberries, fresh

1 medium red onion, sliced

6 to 8 ounces goat cheese

1 cup wheat berries, cooked (can substitute for farro)

Raw Honey Vinaigrette

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon raw honey

Make the vinaigrette by adding vinegar, oil, and honey to a jar, cover and shake to combine, and set aside.

Next take the goat cheese and shape into small balls, about 1 inch round, and set aside.

Wheat Berry cooking in olive oil

Toasting Cooked Wheat Berries

Toast cooked wheat berry in one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

Building the Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Read More Here About Cooking With Fennel

Start building the fresh salad by first spreading the leafy greens over a salad platter. Next add the sliced red onion, then the sliced fennel, and lastly the chopped basil.

illustration of chopping basil

Read More Here About Cooking With Fresh Basil

Chop the basil last as it can brown after the inner parts of the leaf act with the air.

It is better to tear the leaves apart, but if you act quickly, you can use a knife to cut several at a time.

As shown in the image, we collected together three leaves, rolled them up and made 4 or 5 slices across the rolled basil. 

The process can go fast, and the basil will not brown. Make sure though, the knife you will use to cut the basil is sharp.

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad - close up

After building the salad take the goat cheese balls, and roll them in the toasted wheat berries and arrange them on the salad platter.

Next add the raspberries, and drizzle the Raw Honey Vinaigrette over the salad. Plate and serve.

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