Gorgeous Exotic Shiitake Mushrooms are known for their strong aroma and distinctive garlic-like taste.
For the dressing:
- 1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove, finely minced or ccrushed in a mortar and pestle
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (substitute some yogurt or buttermilk for some of the olive oil for a low-fat dressing)
For the salad:
- 6 large or 8 smaller fresh Shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (discard the stems or use for stock)
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- Salt to taste
- 170 – 200g baby spinach, rinsed and dried
- 1 celery stalk, preferably from the inner heart of the celery, sliced very thin
- 1 – 2 tablespoons pine nuts or broken walnut pieces, lightly toasted
- 30g crumbled goat cheese
1. Mix together the vinegar and lemon juice with the garlic, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard using a fork or a small whisk. Whisk in the olive oil and the yogurt or buttermilk if using. Set aside.
2. Combine the spinach, nuts, celery, and goat cheese in a salad bowl.
3. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil and when very hot, add the mushrooms. Shake the pan once, then let the mushrooms cook without moving them around until they begin to sweat and soften (watch closely). After about a minute or two, when they have begun to sear and release moisture, you can move them around in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Add to the spinach mixture and toss with the dressing. Serve at once.