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Camembert and apple salad, a sweet and savoury dish

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Camembert and apple salad, the union of cheese and fruits

Today, I’d like to share with you a special side dish that is full of flavour and based on daring yet effective ingredient combinations: Camembert and Apple Salad. This recipe includes fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, cheese, and other savoury, sweet, acidic, and aromatic items. Nothing is absent. This recipe works well as an appetiser at classy buffets because of the lovely layout that brings out the hues.

The best part is that there isn’t a very complicated technique to follow; all you have to do is put the components together, which naturally requires artistic arrangement. The idea is to make something akin to a flower, with endives, apple slices, and cheese bits serving as the petals. Arrange the pomegranate and rocket leaves in the centre to form a pistil.

Recipe camembert salad

Preparation camembert salad

  • Here’s how to prepare the camembert and apple salad. Wash the apple, remove the stem, and cut the pulp into very thin slices using a slicer.
  • Cut the cheese into slightly thick slices.
  • Distribute the endive leaves on the serving plate, forming a sort of crown. Then place the apple slices on each leaf.
  • Place the pieces of cheese on top of the apple slices.
  • In the centre, arrange the rocket leaves, hazelnuts (shelled and toasted), and pomegranate seeds.
  • Season with oil, salt, pepper, and drops (or pearls) of balsamic vinegar. Serve and enjoy your meal.

Ingredients camembert salad

  • 150 gr. of Camembert
  • 3 heads of Belgian endive
  • 60 gr. of rocket leaves
  • 1 apple
  • half a pomegranate
  • 40 gr. of shelled hazelnuts
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pearls of balsamic vinegar
  • a pinch of salt and pepper.

A focus on Camembert

The Camembert cheese is the primary component of this salad. This is no ordinary white rind cheese; its “delicate flavour” brings out the sweetness of fresh fruit and the body of dried fruit. Additionally, it gives the recipe a certain bulk and a soft texture that contrasts with the more prominent crunchiness of the apple and the barely perceptible crunchiness of the salad leaves.

It is helpful to give a little more background on camembert, given its significance in this salad. It is a cheese from France, Normandy  to be precise. It’s characterised as a soft cheese with a floral rind; additionally, its spreadability is aided by its softness. The entire flavour is delicate, despite the strong flavour. Ultimately, it imparts a distinct taste while also carrying intriguing fruity overtones.

Which apples should be used?

The Camembert and Apple Salad does not provide a clear indication of which apples to use, so you have a wide margin of discretion in this regard. However, I advise you to choose a variety with a sour and sweet flavour at the same time, as well as a crunchy consistency, in order to give body to the preparation. The best candidates for these properties are Golden Delicious (which tends towards sweetness), Renetta, and Fuji. Pink Lady and Annurca can also serve the purpose.

Apples are healthy, no matter which kind you choose. The adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is supported by the fruit’s high vitamin C content, which strengthens the immune system, as well as its good potassium and magnesium content. Excellent concentrations of quercetin, an antioxidant that is particularly helpful in preventing viral infections, are also present. Pectin is another important carbohydrate found in apples that improves cardiovascular health and aids digestion.

Insalata di Camembert e mele

The contribution of hazelnuts to the Camembert and Apple Salad

Hazelnuts are also essential to the camembert and apple salad. It goes without saying that these need to be toasted and shelled before being positioned in the centre to create the pistil of a sizable flower. The hazelnuts balance the sweetness and acidity of the other components while adding a full-bodied, slightly strong flavour. Regarding texture, they promise a high degree of crunchiness.

When eaten in moderation, hazelnuts are also nutritious, despite their unfavourable reputation among health enthusiasts. Yes, they are high in calories, but this is because they contain a lot of heart-healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. They are also abundant in vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties and benefits the immune system, and magnesium, which maintains high energy levels. As a result, they slow down cellular ageing and help prevent cancer.

Endive and rocket leaves, an aromatic combination

The camembert and apple salad also boasts the contribution of some vegetables, such as Belgian endive and rocket leaves. The first ensures a sense of bitterness that complements the other ideas suggested by the recipe, especially the apple’s acidic-sweet undertones. Moreover, endive enriches the meal with a texture that is both delicate and striking, greatly satisfying the palette.

Contrarily, rocket leaves guarantee fragrant and subtly bitter undertones, displaying an adaptability that meshes very well with the other ingredients. Additionally, because of its freshness, it enhances the dish’s taste and adds something special and intriguing.

At a very low calorie cost, endive and rocket leaves provide essential nutrients. Plant-based foods are a good source of calcium and beta-carotene, in addition to potassium and vitamin C. The latter is a precursor of vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy skin and eyes.

Camembert and apple salad FAQs

How does Camembert cheese taste?

Camembert has a complex flavour that is similar to brie cheese but also possesses hints of fruit and savoury flavours.

How much does Camembert cost?

Camembert is not a very expensive cheese. The price is around 16-25 euros per kilo. However, it is sold in pieces weighing less than 250 grammes on average.

What are apples good for?

Apples are the fruits of health. Due to this, they are especially good for the immune system and digestive system.

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