Look how fancy these little salads are! I just love these! They are pretty simple to make and they will turn your dinner into pure elegance! Besides...a "bowl" made out of cheese. What could be better?
Try this recipe the next time you want to impress your house guests. I know my in-laws were in awe when they saw and ate them! :)
Tomorrow I will post the raspberry vinaigrette recipe that I served with this salad.
Asiago Crisped Spinach and Raspberry Salad
Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe
For the salad:
9 oz. bag fresh baby spinach
1 pint fresh raspberries
Fresh parmesan for shaving
Raspberry vinaigrette, for serving
For the Asiago rounds:
2 c. shredded asiago cheese
For the Asiago rounds, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Take 1/2 cup of shredded Asiago cheese and place it in a long strip, about 2-inches wide by 12-inches long, on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silpat liner. I did two strips on each baking sheet. Bake the cheese for 9-11 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly. The Asiago cheese has a tendency to splatter and smoke a little, so don’t be alarmed if that happens. Immediately after removing the rimmed baking sheet from the oven, gently lift up the cheese strip and form it into a circle for the salad. Let the circle cool completely on the baking sheet or carefully transfer to a wire rack. The cheese cools very quickly so you’ll need to work fast to bend the hot cheese into circles before it cools too much. The Asiago crisps can be made a day in advance, if kept well covered (especially in a humid climate). Take care to move them around gently as they are fragile.
When ready to serve, gently fill the Asiago cheese round with fresh spinach leaves. Sprinkle with raspberries. Using a vegetable peeler, shave pieces from the block of Parmesan and add those to the salad. Serve with raspberry vinaigrette.
1) I could not find Asiago cheese in my local grocery store so instead I used a bag of Italian blend. It had a mixture of asiago, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheeses.
2) I found it easiest to wrap the melted cheese around a glass cup to form the circles. You can then slide it off the cup once it has cooled.