Alexandrina Ten Layer Salad, served with Alexandrina Feta
Alexandrina Spring Salad Series
This season we are making the most of an easy style of salad preparation, and the reason is that we want to “eat a rainbow” everyday of the week, Alexandrina Ten Layer Salad, served with Alexandrina Feta suits us just fine as our go to mid week meal. Any left overs go straight into an adult size lunch box, add some cooked chicken pieces and any dietitian would approve this meal prepping hack for anyone with a fast paced life!
Rolling out our Alexandrina Ten Layer Salad, and the hero of this Spring salad is our Alexandrina Feta, but honestly you could use any of the Alexandrina Cheeses for this recipe.
Serves 6 +
Groundwork – 20 minutes of preparation time
Serves 4 (it is so easy to change quantities for serving more)
Groundwork notes you will spend a decent amount of time in preparing all the vegetables, but assembly is quickly done. Dressing less than 5 minutes preparation time.
ALEXANDRINA TEN LAYER SALAD, SERVED WITH ALEXANDRINA FETA
For the Salad
Approximately 200 g (1 cup) for each ingredient but flexibility allows for substitutions.
200 g (1 cup) Alexandrina Fleurieu Feta, to be crumbled
200 g (1 cup) bacon, chopped for frying + 200 g (1 cup) red onion, chopped for frying
200 g (1 cup) lettuce or 200 g (1 cup) baby spinach
200 g (1 cup) celery, chopped
200 g (1 cup) cherry tomatoes
200 g (1 cup) cucumber, chopped
200 g (1 cup) corn kernels. drained
200 g (1 cup) green capsicum, chopped
200 g (1 cup) carrot. grated
200 g (1 cup) asparagus, chopped
+ optional garnish with ¼ cup of spring onions, chopped
To make the dressing
50-75 ml (or ¼ cup) of Alexandrina Crème Fraiche,
50-75 ml (or ¼ cup) of mayonnaise
50-75 ml (or ¼ cup) of lemon juice
salt and pepper
The aim is to set aside each salad ingredient in a bowl – paying attention to your mise en place will be extremely therapeutic!
- prepare the bacon and onion by chopping these in 1cm portions, and frying in a small saucepan, while these are cooking and then cooling, you may drain the corn kernels. And you can start on the grated carrot directly after this.
- prepare all of the chopped vegetables including celery, chopped into 1cm chunks, cherry tomatoes should be halves or quartered, cucumber, chopped into 1cm chunks, green capsicum, chopped into 1cm chunks, and finally the asparagus, chopped into 1cm chunks.
- find a suitable salad bowl, we like to use a rectangular shaped bowl, and arrange the lettuce or baby spinach on the base. Then using your hands to tip the first ingredient into the salad bowl, you are aiming to create a layered effect with each ingredient following the next. *see photograph on the blog.
- to make the dressing mix Alexandrina Crème fraiche, mayonnaise, lemon juice and
salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and mix with a spoon. We sometimes add a little curry powder to this dressing but you can experiment with adding different herbs and spices each time you make this amazing salad!
LOOKING FOR THE ALEXANDRINA RANGE? | Alexandrina Cheese work with an incredible network of retailers and one or two key partners across the country. This list is just the beginning of where you can find Alexandrina Cheese products near you. We recommend giving retailers a call to check for which Alexandrina Cheese products they have in stock. Here is the link ---> Stockist List
CALCIUM HERO OF THE DISH | Alexandrina Fleurieu Feta
Alexandrina's Fleurieu Feta is a light and creamy cow’s milk feta matured in brine. This cheese is made with Skim Jersey Milk which has less than 14.5 % fat. This cheese has creamy zing - it is a firm cutting, versatile feta cheese that can be cubed and tossed through a green salad, or combined with spinach in a crusted pie, or served on an antipasto platter.
Serve this cheese | on a platter with kalamata olives, dolmades and pickled octopus.
14.5 % minimum fat | available in various weighted wedges vacuum packed, also available in 500g, 1kg, 3kg tubs.
LOOKING FOR FRESH VEGETABLES | Try one of the growers at your local independent grocer or at Farmers Market
DID WE FORGET THE AVOCADO? | You could definitely add avocado to this salad, and we suggest finding Naranja Orchards who grow beautiful Hass avocados and citrus. Peter and Caroline Cobb’s 35 hectare family farm at Nildottie is 100% pesticide and fungicide free. Because they wanted to experiment, the Cobb family have branched out into more exotic citrus. Look out for fragrant Buddha’s hands and kaffir limes during winter. Peter and Caroline are always happy to give advice on which avocados are ready to use now versus those that will ripen in a few days. Ask them for hints on how to cook a Buddha’s hand or the best way to use kaffir lime. Find them outside at the Adelaide Farmers Market every Sunday between July and February. Click here to follow --> Naranja Orchards
FOODIE FACT | The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends at least 2.5 serves a day of milk, cheese, yoghurt and/or alternatives for most adults aged 19-50. A serve from the dairy food group is a cup (250ml) of milk, three-quarters of a cup (200g) yoghurt, two slices (40g) of cheese, half a cup (120g) of ricotta cheese or appropriate alternatives.
For more information on the benefits of Australian Made Dairy Foods
*above quoted from https://www.dairy.com.au/health/recommended-dairy-intake/adults
TOP TIP | It is my aim this year to laminate this recipe to stick on the fridge, so that I can empower my children, and quite possibly my husband to abandon other dinner choices at least one day a week. Everyone LOVES this layer salad, so it is going to be a family favourite in no time, and so quick and easy.
Always choose Alexandrina Cheese
The Alexandrina Spring Salad Series will includes four salads, over four weeks!
The new recipe is always uploaded on our blog on a Tuesday…you can find other recipes here ---> Curds & Whey Blog
TOP TIP 1 | Take the dressing ingredients into a clean repurposed jar and shake the ingredients. store any leftover dressing in the jar in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.
TOP TIP 2 | Likewise store any leftover salad in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days
PLATING UP | Use an enormous platter to display this lovely layered salad, and make sure you have a bright colour salad serves next to the finished dish.
FIND MORE ALEXANDRINA RECIPES HERE | Alexandrina Curd’s & Whey blog
We are preparing ourselves for our Cook - Along - Together Challenge this Spring with Alexandrina Cheese Company
You are welcome to tune in to our LIVESTREAM on Wednesday to hear about how this #challenge is going to work.
Our recipe of the series is this delicious Alexandrina Ten Layer Salad, served with Alexandrina Feta.
We are keen for you to post your cooking photographs either on facebook or instagram, using our new hashtags.
Each week the second hashtag will change, stay tuned!
First published sometime during the early 2000’s – Cooking with Rebekah, and commonly Rebekah handed out little recipes at the Alexandrina Cheese stall at the farmer’s market.
This blog is not sponsored, we exclusively partner with Alexandrina Cheese Company Pty Ltd.