This salad is about duck. In France, if it is made of duck from Landes region (south of Bordeaux), its name is Landaise. My version features duck gizzards confit, cured and lightly smoked duck breast, and foie gras torchon or duck liver pate (depends on budget) slices on French baguette toasts. For greens I prefer a mix of sweet leafy vegetables and arugula, lightly dressed with classic French vinaigrette (EVOO, honey, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar). I tried different additional elements like tomatoes, asparagus, and hard-boils eggs, but the only one I really liked was cucumber. This salad is part of my Mosel & Alsace Menu.
I saw this video on Facebook about 4 months ago. It shows this kind of pizza is made at Trattoria Pizzeria La Bufala: it is cross cut at the center, filled with some buffalo ricotta and black truffles, garnished with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and fresh buffalo mozzarella. I liked the idea so much, it had to be recreated in my kitchen! Obviously, in my home kitchen and with the ingredients available in Central Texas, I could only utilize the presentation idea. I refer to this idea as 4-pies pizza, thus the name.
Chimmichurri is a sauce originally from Argentina and Uruguay. Its main ingredients are oil, water and/or vinegar, parsley, garlic, and other herbs, spices, and vegetables. It’s perfect for grilled meats, but it is also good with so many other foods, including vegetarian — grilled vegetables, fresh goat cheese, mozzarella and burrata, toasted bread, etc. Someone said that when you add chimmichurri to the dish, it fills like you are dining in the middle of the herb garden. So true!
This recipe/variation is based on Zhengyalov Hats, a specialty of Karabakh region in Armenia. “The main purpose of its preparation is to unite once again to make a family meal together, to talk about all pressing matters, to exchange news.” To make Zhengyalov Hats, unleavened dough is rolled as thin as paper, stuffed with a mixture of 10-20 different varieties of wild and garden chopped greens, and cooked on hot saj. It is very important to create a well-balanced mix of greens and herbs. Cheese and fried onions are sometimes added.
My daughter found this recipe years ago and it became one of the favorite salads in our family. She always makes it following the original to the letter. I like variations. Three ingredients (I do not add cheese) — greens (with arugula or arugula only), fresh fruit slices (apple or pear), and crispy cured pork (panchetta, coppa, capocollo, proscuitto, bacon) — plus classic French salad dressing make a quick, delicious, beautiful, and light meal. I featured this salad last Wednesday on French Crepes Party for my neighbors. Judging by speed it was finished, everybody loved it. This salad is perfect for after-Thanksgiving light meal.