Smoked-Trout Salad with Goat-Cheese Croutes

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 10m

Serves 4

You don't need to make a special trip to the fish shop for smoked trout. The fish counter at most grocery stores will have it, vacuum-packed like many brands of bacon. We used plain smoked trout fillets, but the black-peppercorn type would be good, too.

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 pound spinach, stems removed, leaves washed well and torn in half (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1 large head radicchio (about 3/4 pound), leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1/2 pound smoked trout fillets, skin removed, flesh flaked

directions

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the 1/3 cup oil slowly, whisking.

Heat the broiler. Put the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush the tops with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Broil until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn the slices over and top each one with a slice of goat cheese. Broil until the cheese is soft and warm, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle a little pepper over each croute.

Meanwhile, toss the spinach and radicchio into the dressing. Put the salad on plates. Top with the trout and the goat-cheese croutes.

Tip: You can use romaine lettuce instead of spinach.<BR>
 WINE RECOMMENDATION: France's Chavignol is world renowned for both its Sancerre, made from sauvignon blanc, and its mouthwatering goat cheese. It's no accident that they are splendid together. Try a Sancerre here for the same delicious effect.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2883

nutrition information per serving

773 calories; 49g total fat; 90mg cholesterol; 1913mg sodium; 49g carbohydrates; 8g fiber; 38g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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