I can’t believe I’ve been home from Scotland a week already! It feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago already.
While I am still recovering from the travel and fighting a cold, plus dealing with a kitchen renovation and the chaos that brings, I’ve been reminiscing on the many wonderful meals I ate during my visit across the pond.
Christin and I have a bit of a tradition happening now. Whenever I go to visit, we make a point to take a day and head in to Edinburgh, do some shopping, and have a lunch date at Jamie’s Italian.
Guys, this place smells amazing! The first time I stepped foot was in London back in 2010, and I distinctly remember the wafts of truffle and lemon that greeted us at the door. #bliss
This most recent visit smelled equally as amazing, and we were able to take in the seasonal Christmas three course lunch. Between my father, sister and I, we managed to try most of the dishes on the menu. The mushroom soup was divine! But my favorite was the gorgeous salad made with squash, pine nuts, pomegranate, clementine and fresh mozzarella. So pretty, festive, delicious and healthy! I thought it was the perfect dish to bridge the gap between the holiday indulgence and January health focus.
I’ve tried to recreate the recipe, and I think it tastes pretty fantastic!
My take on Jamie’s salad
4 cups Arugula, washed and spun dry
1/2 cup Pine nuts, toasted on the stovetop, watch them so they don’t burn
2 cups diced butternut squash (sweet potato would work as well)
2 clementines or small oranges, peeled and segmented
2 balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced or torn
Pomegranate arils to sprinkle on each salad
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup Olive oil
1. Toss the squash in olive oil, salt and pepper to season, place on a baking sheet and a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Toss half way through cooking time. Take out and let cool while you assemble the salad.
2. Portion the arugula out on four plates. Top with the remaining ingredients and squash.
3. Drizzle vinaigrette, sprinkle with the pomegranate arils, enjoy!