Holly Bush Salad
The Holly Bush is a restaurant near me which makes a delightful little salad. I’ve decided to recreate their salad here for my readers, since it is simple, yet classy. The Holly Bush salad has a few different components, but they all fall into the traditional salad categories of meat, fruit, cheese, and nuts.
You can pretty much make any salad with that combination, and it would probably be quite decent. I’ve always felt that salads that rely more on the ingredients in them, rather than the dressing, are always better for entertaining as they just have a classier feel to them. Sure everyone enjoys a good Caesar, or a garden salad with ranch (assuming you like ranch to begin wth). But adding fruit, and cheese, and nuts, and meat is a surefire way to make a salad to impress.
Holly Bush Salad Ingredients
180 grams Salad. You can use iceberg, or romaine, or just a pre-packaged bag of mixed salad (like I did here).
100 grams Prosciutto. Or any cured ham you prefer.
60 grams Blue Cheese; crumbled. This salad uses Dor-Blu which is a German blue cheese that is a bit creamier than common blue cheese. You can sub for Cambozola if you cannot get Dor-Blu
1 Pear; cored and thinly sliced.
20 ml Balsamic Glassa. Yes, the same type of Balsamic that I use for my extremely popular Balsamic Roasted Eggplant. You can use more if you want a stronger flavor, just be careful not to overpower the other individual ingredients in the salad.
Black Pepper; to taste
Holly Bush Salad Instructions
1. It’s a salad. You have the ingredients. Toss everything into a bowl and mix it up. I don’t add extra salt because prosciutto can be salty enough, but if you want to add a pinch that’s entirely up to you.
You can pretty much use the idea of meat, cheese, fruit, and nuts to create any classic style salad. Take smoked salmon, bryndza, blueberries, and sunflower seeds for example. That doesn’t sound like it would be a good salad, and to be honest I just thought it up as I’m writing this note now…but I bet if you tried it, it wouldn’t be half bad, plus it would be a unique salad for people to experience.
My Apple Walnut salad has everything but the meat, and my Jardine Salad has everything but the nuts. You can also change up the dressings to fit whatever you are in the mood for like my Basil Vinaigrette or my Poppy Seed Dressing.
- 180 grams Salad mixed lettuce or whatever you prefer
- 100 grams Prosciutto
- 60 grams Blue Cheese Dor-Blu was used in this example
- 1 Pear cored and thinly sliced
- 20 Walnuts
- 20 ml Balsamic Glassa basically a balsamic vinaigrette reduction
- Black Pepper to taste
- It's a salad. You have the ingredients. Toss everything into a bowl and mix it up. I don't add extra salt because prosciutto can be salty enough, but if you want to add a pinch that's entirely up to you.