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Restaurant Nora's Peaches, Brie and Almond Salad

Restaurant Nora's Peaches, Brie and Almond Salad 4.000
Jul 18, 2007

For this simple salad, which is on the menu at Nora in Dupont Circle, chef-owner Nora Pouillon uses locally grown peaches and an organic brie from Fromagerie Roussey in France.


Servings: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2 large shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad
  • 1/2 cup whole skin-on almonds
  • 3 heads medium Boston lettuce (outer leaves removed), washed and dried
  • 4 ounces watercress (may substitute 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley), washed, dried and stemmed
  • 4 to 6 medium peaches, preferably locally grown, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 10 ounces room-temperature brie cheese, cut into 16 to 24 thin wedges

Directions

For the dressing: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and a pinch of salt in a small skillet over low heat. Add the shallots and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until they have softened and released their juices. Transfer to a small bowl and add the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste; use a fork to whisk in the remaining oil in a steady stream, mixing to combine. Set aside.

For the salad: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 4 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. Set aside to cool.

Tear or cut the Boston lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the watercress and half of the dressing; toss lightly to coat. Divide the dressed greens among individual plates; place the quartered peaches on each portion and divide the thin wedges of brie among the plates, placed on top of the salad. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve immediately.


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Adapted from chef-restaurateur Nora Pouillon.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6): 470


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 41g 63%

Saturated Fat: 12g 60%

Cholesterol: 47mg 16%

Sodium: 503mg 21%

Total Carbohydrates: 15g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 15g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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