As the fall sets in, summer salads fade as does the warm nights. No longer do I find myself craving the bright, crisp salads of summers bounty, but a warming, hearty, and earthy salad. This salad is the perfect balance between umami, sweetness, acid, and spice to warm you from the inside while keeping it light and healthy.
Make a big batch of mushrooms and keep them as a garnish for steak, salad, soup, or even eat them by themselves.
Arugula - 1 bag (about 6 handfuls)
Shitake Mushrooms - 1/4 lb
Honjimeji Mushrooms - 1/4 lb
Thyme - 2 sprigs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Shallot - 1 each minced
Red onion - 1/2 each minced
Balsamic Vinegar - 1/4 cup
Honey - 1 tbsp
Walnut Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Lemon - juice of 1/2
Toasted Pine Nuts - 1/4 cup
Chives - 2 tbsp
Pecorino Cheese (optional)
Prepare mushrooms by cutting them into bite sized pieces. Place a saute pan over medium high heat. Add oil, and once hot add the mushrooms. Let sit for 90 seconds and then shake the pan. Lower heat, add thyme. Remove the mushrooms from the pan. Add shallot and red onion and sweat for a min. Then add the balsamic vinegar and honey and let reduce till it is a light glaze. Add the mushrooms and pine nuts and walnut oil back to the pan, season with salt, pepper, lemon and herbs.
Lightly toss the mushrooms with arugula and taste. The Arugula should lightly wilt from the heat of the mushrooms.