Grilled Vegetable Salad with Pesto and Homemade Ricotta
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1summer squash
- 1red bell pepper
- 2 pintsmilk
- 1/4 cupwhite vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoonbalsamic vinegar
- 1 packethoney
- 1 packetDijon mustard
- 5 ouncesBaby Lettuce Mix (Mesclun)
- 1/4 cuppesto
What You’ll Need
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- grill or grill pan
Prepare IngredientsPreheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Rinse cheesecloth and wring out liquid. Rinse all produce. Cut squash, zucchini, and eggplant lengthwise into ¼-inch slices. Quarter bell pepper lengthwise and discard seeds and pith. Fold cheesecloth in half once. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and set over a medium bowl.
Grill VegetablesIn a large bowl, toss squash, zucchini, eggplant, and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired to coat. When grill is just smoking, add vegetables in a single layer, working in batches if needed, and cook until just tender and grill marks appear, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Make RicottaWhile vegetables grill, whisk together milk, white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until cheese curds form and separate from liquid, 7-9 minutes.
Make DressingWhile ricotta microwaves, in a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and mustard to combine. Whisking continuously, slowly add 2 tablespoons olive oil until fully combined. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Add lettuces and toss to coat.
Season Vegetables & Finish RicottaBrush grilled vegetables with pesto and set aside. Carefully pour the ricotta mixture through the cheesecloth into the bowl, allowing liquids to fall through and solids to remain. Allow to sit and drain for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze out and discard excess moisture from cheesecloth, and place ricotta in a small bowl. Fluff with a fork, taste, and season with salt, if desired.
Plate SaladDivide salad between 2 plates and top with grilled vegetables. Dollop over ricotta and enjoy your homemade meal!