As you all know (if you saw my Thai Mango Chicken Salad post) I am currently collaborating with Savse Smoothies by posting fortnightly recipes using their delicious cold pressed health drinks. For my last recipe I created a light lunch dish built around the fresh tropical ingredients in the Super Orange smoothie; this time I’ve come up with an easy dinner party starter which takes inspiration from the earthy beetroot flavours in the Super Purple.
In this dish the smoothie is used to both flavour the goats cheese and form a balsamic beet dressing which, when married with salted toasts, fresh beetroot, pickled radish and peppery watercress, makes for a winning and well rounded starter ( and I’m yet to find anyone who disagrees!).
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 400g fresh soft goats cheese
- 100ml Savse Super Purple smoothie
- 4 large cooked beetroots, cubed
- 8 thinly sliced radishes
- 1tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp course salt
- 100ml white wine vinegar
- small bag watercress
- 2 thin slices good quality bread, broken into small even pieces (sourdough is great)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- a good glug of olive oil
- 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- At least 2 hours before serving your dish, mix together the sugar, course salt and vinegar. Add in the sliced radishes and leave to pickle in the fridge.
- To make your toasts, simply rub the broken bread slices with the garlic, season with a little salt and pepper, then fry on both sides in olive oil until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.
- Now place your goats cheese in a large bowl along with some salt, pepper and 40ml Super Purple smoothie. Using electric beaters (or a handheld whisk), whip all the ingredients together until light and slightly aerated.
- For the balsamic beetroot dressing thoroughly combine the remaining 60ml Super Purple with 2tbsp olive oil and 2tbsp balsamic vinegar. Taste and season if necessary.
- Now just prepare to plate up your dish! You should have whipped goats cheese, cubed beetroot, pickled radish slices, little garlic toasts, balsamic dressing and watercress for garnish.
- You can plate your ingredients however you like, but I like the slightly haphazard arrangement I’ve gone for.
I hope you like the look of this recipe, and if you’re interested in learning a bit more about what Savse do, visit www.savse.com .