Okay so you really want to impress someone? You really want something easy and gourmet. This is the salad! The combination of ingredients marry well and require no excessive seasonings. I was introduced to Gjetost cheese by my chef son Michael while he was in culinary school. It is pronounced YEY- toast. It is a caramelized cheese and has a likeness to dulce le leche. I can only eat it in slivers. A little of this cheese goes a long way, there is nothing else like it.
4 ounces Gjetost cheese, shaved
2 pears, sliced thin
1 celery heart, diced
2 tablespoons minced celery heart leaves
3 cups arugula
2 tablespoons olive oil (or flavored oil of your choice)
1 tablespoon maple balsamic glaze (see recipe)
Kosher or sea salt
1. Arrange arugula, celery hearts leaves, pears, and Gjetost cheese on a platter.
2. Drizzle with olive oil and maple balsamic glaze. Add a touch of salt and toss gently.