Since we're spending our holidays at home this year, I invited private chef Donny Tan of FoodDNA to stop by and show us how to make a very simple, yet impressive salad to wow your guests in your holiday entertaining. Called Shades of Christmas Salad, it features the red of wine-steeped watermelon (non-alcoholic substitutes included in the recipe) and cranberries, green of fresh rocket, white of whole burrata and quinoa puffs and the woody colours of nuts and seeds such as walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
It's so easy to make, and the components can be made ahead so when your guests arrive all you have to do is chop and toss everything together. You can also use pantry nuts and seeds that you have on hand. It's gluten-free, vegetarian friendly and low in sodium, and can be made vegan, keto or paleo but subbing out the syrups and cheese.
We've had Chef Donny over to cook for us many times and have always appreciated his creative menus and use of the highest quality, freshest ingredients. He created this salad just for us, so watch the video below as he goes through making the salad step by step and gives tips on:
The Canadian in me is loving the generous use of maple syrup in this salad - but remember, you MUST use the real deal - fake maple syrups just don't cut it, trust me! Check out the video and recipe below.
300g fresh seedless watermelon, sliced
100ml red wine, Côtes du Rhône or Grenache recommended (for non-alcoholic version, substitute with high quality syrup, such as maple or agave, or organic cold-pressed coconut oil)
50g wild rocket leaves
1 tbsp each dried cranberry, crushed walnut, chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (or any other nuts and seeds you have on hand)
1/2 ball of burrata cheese, cut in quarters
1 tbsp quinoa puffs
1 large lime, juiced
1 tbsp high quality maple syrup (grade A if you can get your hands on it!)
Hope you'll enjoy this salad with your guests and have a wonderful holiday season at home.
August Society Founder & Creative Director
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