Salade Vigneronne

salade vigneronne

2 1/2 cups dry Alsatian Gewurztraminer or other spicy dry white wine
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

3 large heads Belgian endive
8 ounces mixed baby greens
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup finely chopped cornichons*
8 radishes, halved, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese

Combine wine and shallots in heavy medium saucepan. Boil until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Cool completely. Whisk in oil and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper.

Reserve 24 outer leaves of endive. Thinly slice remaining endive crosswise. Combine sliced endive and greens in large bowl. Combine tomatoes, cornichons and radishes in medium bowl. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover greens, tomato mixture and reserved endive separately; chill. Let dressing stand at room temperature.)

Toss greens with half of dressing. Add cheese to tomato mixture; toss with remaining half of dressing. Season salads with salt and pepper.

Mound greens on plates. Top with tomato mixture. Garnish with endive leaves.

*Cornichons are tiny brine-packed French pickles, available at specialty foods stores and some supermarkets.

Serves: 8

Source: Bon Appetit magazine, October 1999

Prepared by: Heather for the February 2010 meeting.