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Vegetarian Seasonal salad with fresh chervil-orange dressing!

on 28/04/2015

A few days ago, I invented this tasty Vegetarian Seasonal Salad with home-grown fresh chervil that I used in an orange dressing! The rest, my husband used, to make a similar soup, like I did, a few days ago. You can find the soup recipe here! My husband Peter gave it a 10/10! x It is a very colorful salad that you all will love too. I served it with a lovely white wine like a crisp cold Pinot Grigio. The wine & salad did go fabulous together! 🙂


You see all of the different veggies & ingredients that I used in here? Let’s look at that beautiful divine dressing & wine?



You can also find this tasty recipe here:

Recipe: for 2 salads


* For the salad:

enough lettuce leaves for the base of 2 salad plates, cleaned, washed & spun dry

2 fresh ground chicory, cleaned, big hard core removed, cut up horizontally into thicker strips

2 medium beetroot, cooked, peeled & cut up into round slices, each about 0.5-1 cm thick

1 big juicy orange, peeled, white bits removed, cut up into longer pieces

about 100 gr sheep’s feta, that is gluten-free, drained, pad dry & cut up into equal-sized chunks

pecan halves: 41 gr (1/3 cup)

* For the fresh chervil-orange dressing:

juice of 1 big orange or 2 smaller ones

1 handful of fresh chervil, cleaned, pad dry & cut up finely

20 grins of finely milled black pepper

a few pinches of Maldon sea salt

4 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil


1. First, toast your pecan halves in a dry non-stick pan over low heat, in 1 layer until fragrant & toasted. Shake your nuts often & turn them over with the help of your hands or wooden spoon.  Watch your nuts! See that you don’t burn them. Lower your heat if you need to. Turn heat off & set aside.

2. Plate up your salad plates. Place enough of the lettuce leaves on the base of your plate. See picture above.  Place your white chicory strips, like picture above. Place 4 orange segments on top of the chicory strips. Place 4 cooked beetroot on top of your salad leaves, or in a pattern that you like. Your salad has to look attractive, right? Scatter 6 to 7 sheep’s feta chunks over the salad. Do the same with your other plate. Set aside.

3. Finally, make your chervil-orange dressing.Take a larger jam pot & pour orange juice, olive oil i it. grind 20 grins of black pepper in it along with some pinches of sea salt. Now, add your cut up fresh chervil to the jam pot & screw the fitting lid on. Shake your jam pot a few times up & down until the dressing is well emulsified. Taste! You must taste the fresh chervil first & then the orange & pepper! It is a more milder dressing & that is what you need for this salad! Top your salad with the toasted pecan halves, that you crumble over the salad. Pour your dressing in a round over the salad & enjoy instantly with a loved one & with a glass of dry white wine like Pinot Grigio! 🙂 This salad really fills you up with the yummy sheep’s feta & the cooked beetroot! All of the flavors top beautifully together! MMM! 

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41 responses to “Vegetarian Seasonal salad with fresh chervil-orange dressing!

  1. must pop over for a salad sometime 🙂 yummy

  2. jefboven says:

    A marvellous salad, Sophie. And partially homegrown, too!

  3. apsara says:

    Awesome salad, Sophie. Very inspiring that you used seasonal and homegrown food. Love the dressing idea. I’m sure it deserves the 10/10 that your husband gave. 🙂

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    A fantastic salad and you know that I am a salad fan. This is right up my alley.

  5. I don’t use chervil enough – but am a huge fan of beets! I’ll try this for sure! It’s just lovely!

  6. Lovely looking salad! 🙂

  7. Norma Chang says:

    You have beetroot and chicory from your garden already?

  8. Ina Gawne says:

    Delicious salad Sophie…love beets with just about anything!

  9. Beautiful salad Sophie. Great with some salmon I’d bet too…

    • Sophie33 says:

      yes, but I would use not too much salmon because the Beets & sheep’s feta are already really filling! MMM!

  10. shenANNAgans says:

    Such a pretty salad. Wish it was salad eating weather down under. 🙂

  11. Janet says:

    That looks delightful and extremely fresh. I have an hour and half before the grocery stores open. This is killing me.

  12. Yum, this looks so good and perfect for summer. I feel like can taste it already… with the glass of wine included of course 😉

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s a really lovely salad and I agree, the crisp white wine would be a great accompaniment. I do think orange and chervil go very well together xx

  14. This salad looks like a 10! Love the flavor combos here!

  15. Bernice says:

    Looks wonderful Sophie! A nice salad for a summer day!

  16. Sean & Linda says:

    Hey Sophie!
    We made your delicious salad dinner & loved it so much! It was divine! xxx

  17. Johan says:

    I made your tasty superb salad just this midday & my wife & friends all loved it so much! We served it with a lovely crisp white bourgogne wine & it paired perfectly too! xxx

  18. Tammy says:

    Beets and feta are such a great combo!

  19. Liz says:

    Your salads are always great Sophie. his is making me drool too!!! Have a great week!

  20. Koko says:

    This looks like the best salad ever! The kind that will satisfy as a main course. And a nice glass of wine doesn’t hurt, either 😉

  21. Sean & Linda says:

    MMMMMMM,…This salad with the wonderful original dressing sounds absolutely divine! x

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