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Chocolate Balsamic Fruit Salad

I am quite late posting today – sorry about that.  However, “Travelfest 2011” began this morning and Beloved will be out of town on business for 3 weeks straight, including weekends, so we’ve been doing many necessary errands and chores and spending as much time as possible together.

And now I’m just bushed, so today’s recipe is quick and simple.  It’s also freaking delicious – I had no idea how delicious it would be when I was figuring out what to do with all the peaches and plums we’d purchased last weekend at the farmer’s market.  I just wanted to use them up.  Beloved suggested some sort of fruit salad so I decided to roll with that and cut a sprig of thyme from our herb garden, then decided cheese would be nice with this fresh fruit.

A word about cheese.  You probably know that I’ve been loving me some goat cheese these days, but I’ve also discovered the deliciousness that is sheep cheese, too.  I like it because it has a much smoother flavor than goat cheese – it’s nowhere near as tangy – and it elicits even less of a sensitivity in my body than goat cheese.   The feta I used in the tomato salad earlier this week was made from sheep’s milk, and I used Manchego – a hard sheep cheese similar in texture and flavor to a good quality Parmesan – in this recipe with very good results.  In fact, if you cannot find or do not care for Manchego, a hard Parmesan that can be shaved (I use a vegetable peeler) should be fine.  Of course the dark chocolate balsamic vinegar is the one I ordered a few months ago, but if you prefer you can substitute a high-quality balsamic vinegar and shave a half-ounce or so of a very good quality bittersweet or dark chocolate into the fruit.

You know, I’m calling this a salad but we ate it as a dessert – in fact, we quibbled over who was going to get the remaining serving after we each ate ours.  Because of this, I’m going to classify it as dessert.  It’s a damn fine one.

Chocolate Balsamic Fruit Salad

Chocolate Balsamic Fruit Salad

serves 3

1 large peach, pitted and sliced
4 small plums, pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons dark chocolate balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup Manchego cheese, shaved

Gently toss the peach and plum slices with the thyme and cheese in a large bowl. Divide among 3 chilled plates and drizzle the dark chocolate balsamic vinegar around the fruit and cheese. Serve immediately.

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