Strawberry Salad With Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

"A refreshingly different salad, we can buy Stilton with black pepper here, but you can use any Stilton or even leave it out if you prefer. I make half the amount of dressing as I find that this is enough. Recipe adapted from Rococo Real Chocolate Book by Chatal Coady."
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  • Divide the rocket between the plates. Slice the cucumber lengthways, seed and slice into halfmoons. Arrange the Stilton, cucumber and strawberries on the rocket. Drizzle dressing on top.
  • To make the dressing: Place balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, add caster sugar and dissolve over a gentle heat. Remove from heat and stir in 2 squares of chocolate. Leave to cool at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or dressing will solidify.

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  1. Excellent salad! I agree that you need to make only half of the dressing. We had a lot left over. I used just regular blue cheese instead of Stilton. I'm not sure about the cucumbers. I think some sliced almonds would go better instead.
  2. I made this for Girls Weekend! It was a big hit!
  3. Yum! Although I didn't have the ingredients for the salad, I served the dressing over a salad of red leaf lettuce, vanilla poached pears, Asiago cheese, tomatoes and toasted almonds. It was a hit at a chocolate-themed dinner.
  4. This is a great salad but why are some of the measurements in metric and some not? I measured and weighed everything and it is approximately 1/3 c. balsamic and 1/3 c. sugar. The chocolate measures to about 1/4 c. I agree that you only need about 1/2 recipe. Also, I would use a little less chocolate just for the texture--it was a little thick. I really liked the flavors though and will make it again. It was an unusual and elegant salad. I used spinach and feta cheese instead of Stilton. For lunch I just cut up some fresh strawberries and drizzled the dressing over them. Yum.
  5. This was delicious and so VERY easy to make. A great hit for my Valentine's Day special dinner for my honey. I used white balsamic which has a milder flavor and used a delicious blue cheese that has pears in it, made by Rosenborg. It was out of this world!! Thank you!


  1. We love this salad and dressing. I serve ours with grilled chicken breast strips that have been seasoned with olive oil, garlic salt and thyme. For the dressing I subbed honey for the sugar and added both it and the chocolate to taste. We've shared this salad and dressing with several people and all love it.


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