It has been so hot these past few days and I find that I’m just not feeling a heavy meal. Even lunch, which is usually not too complicated needs to be something light and simple. I have quite a bit of basil in my garden so I thought I’d take advantage of that fact and whip up a simple vinaigrette that I could put over some nice portobello mushrooms I picked up at the market the other day and some leftover tomatoes.
I lightly brushed the mushrooms with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted them in my toaster oven. It’s just way too hot to turn on the oven.
A nice bed of spinach, a bit of chopped yellow pepper and some goat cheese and I have a nice meal.
3-4 portobello mushrooms
1 cup lightly packed basil leaves
10 heirloom grape tomatoes, halved
1 small clove garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fruity extra virgin olive oil
goat cheese (optional)
2 tbs finely diced yellow pepper (optional)
1. Preheat toaster oven (or real oven if you must) to 375 degrees.
2. Place mushrooms on a sheet pan and brush them with olive oil. Roast for about 15 minutes or until they are softened and juicy.
3. Place the basil, tomatoes and garlic clove into a food processor and give it a whir until chopped.
4. Add the balsamic vinegar, parmesan, salt and pepper and process until finely chopped.
5. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil. The idea here is to form an emulsion.
6. Put some spinach on a plate, top with a mushroom, sprinkle with diced pepper and dot with goat cheese.
7. Drizzle the vinaigrette over and enjoy!