Maryah Ananda's Seared Stone Fruit Salad With Goat Cheese, Mint and Pistachios
Welcome to Put on a Spread, a recipe series that takes you inside the kitchens – and dining rooms – of some of our favourite home cooks. For this instalment, NYC-based home chef, model and DJ Maryah Ananda shares the recipe for her vibrant stone fruit salad with goat cheese.
Hosting a dinner party is exciting but there's no doubt it can be incredibly overwhelming. Not only do you have to think about all the dishes you need to prepare but you also have to cater to everyone's tastebuds and ensure your table setting looks impressive. It's even more of a challenge when you're restricted to a small cooking and dining area. So, how do you impress your guests with minimal effort - and stress? With home chef Maryah Ananda's simple stone fruit salad.
With each mouthful you get a burst of sweetness from the apricot and peach, spice from the peppery rocket, creaminess from the goat cheese, crunch from the almonds and pistachios, another level of freshness from the mint and a subtle punch from the zesty vinaigrette.
It's incredibly simple to throw together and serve - even in the smallest of spaces - and the perfect balance of textures and flavours.
Whether you're hosting an intimate meal for two, Sunday family brunch or dinner with your friends, this salad will be loved by everyone.
For the salad:
- 2 apricots
- 2 peaches
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- 60g goat cheese
- 3 tbsp pistachios, roughly chopped
- 2-3 tbsp slivered almonds
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 bunch mint
- 120g rocket
- 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter
For the dressing
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ finely chopped pistachios
- 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sherry vinegar, lemon juice, honey and garlic. Once incorporated, whisk in pistachios and season with salt and pepper. Taste to adjust. Set aside.
Slice the peaches and apricots into quarters. Season with a pinch of salt and light brown sugar on each slice. Melt about 2 tbsp butter in a non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high. Place skin side down and cook for about 2 minutes or until brown. Drizzle each side with honey. Once both sides are cooked, transfer to a plate.
Place the arugula in a salad bowl. Pour just enough dressing to moisten leaves and then toss to coat. Lay the peaches and apricots over the top of greens, then pour in the rest of the dressing, lemon juice and a drizzle of honey. Add the goat cheese, pistachios, almonds and lemon zest. Finish with a generous amount of mint and enjoy!
For more from Maryah, follow her at @maryahananda.