Spiced Poached Plum Salad w/ Soy Balsamic Dressing

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If you are a fan of poached fruits, then I guarantee you will definitely love this recipe. The other day I was browsing through the fruits section of a local supermarket searching for inspirations & there were these packs of black amber plums lying in the corner. That was when I decided to transform this plain-looking fruit into an exquisite salad for dinner that night.

This recipe is so easy, the only cooking to be done is just to poach the plums. For the poaching liquid, I added in cardamoms, cinnamon, star anise, balsamic vinaigrette & sugar. Other than the acidity of the balsamic that accentuate the taste of the plums, it also gave a purplish magenta tone to the skin of the black amber plums after it's been cooked through. 

Ingredients - 2 servings - 30 mins

2 handful of rocket

60 g of walnuts, 30 g crushed

1 tbs of feta, crumbled

20 g of sun-dried tomatoes, cut into bits

20 g of black olives, sliced

Soy Balsamic

  • 2 tsp of soya sauce
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tbs of balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 tbs of spiced liquid

Spiced Poached Plums

  • 3 plums, halved & seeded
  • 1 tbs of cardamon seeds
  • 1 piece of star anis
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cinnamon, or 1 tbs of cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbs of balsamic vinaigrette
  • 100g of sugar
  • 300 ml of water

Tips: You can also use the same spiced solution to poach other kind of fruits.

preparations

Start off by preparing the poached plums first. In a pot bring 300 ml of liquid to a boil, add in the spices, balsamic & sugar. Let it simmer for a good 5 to 10 minutes to infuse the spices into the liquid. Then adjust to low heat. Carefully drop the halved seeded plums in and let it poached for at least 15 minutes. If you like the plums to be even softer, leave it in the spiced solution for a longer time, not more than 30 minutes. 

While waiting for the plums to be cooked, prepare the soy balsamic dressing by mixing the ingredients in a bowl. Taste & adjust accordingly.
When the plums are done, remove from solution & leave it to cool for a minute or two. Cut each half into smaller places. 

Start assembling by layering the plums first, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle the soy balsamic over & garnish it with crushed walnuts & crumbled feta.

Tangy spiced poached plums balanced with a touch of savory notes from the soy balsamic, sun-dried tomatoes bits & feta cheese. Walnuts for the crunch & olives for that extra layer of texture. Oh and don't forget the greens that add to the vibrancy of this dish. Hope you guys like it!