Starfruit, macadamia and gorgonzola salad

starfruit, macadamia and gorgonzola saladI’ve been meaning to post a salad recipe for the past week– with the recent heatwave, a fresh, crisp salad is the perfect afternoon snack or even entrée. I don’t know about you, but when it gets really hot out, I lose my appetite almost entirely. If anything, I just want to chow down on fresh fruit and drink smoothies. I’ve been walking past stacks of starfruit at our local grocery store all week and finally caved in: today is the day of the starfruit salad. With only a few basic ingredients, this flavorful and impressive-looking salad is composed of crisp starfruit and endive, balsamic reduction, raw macadamia nuts and earthy gorgonzola.starfruit, macadamia and gorgonzola salad

Starfruit, macadamia and gorgonzola salad
1 starfruit, sliced
1 head organic frisée endive
1/4 c chopped raw macadamia nuts
1 oz gorgonzola, crumbled
1 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir the balsamic vinegar and sugar until dissolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and reduce by half (about 20 minutes.) Allow to cool before dressing the salad. Wash the endive carefully and tear into bite-sized pieces, then spin. Toss the endive with gorgonzola and macadamia nuts, then drizzle with balsamic reduction. Plate with sliced starfruit. Serves up to 4.

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