Whipped brie salad with dates & candied walnuts

Whipped brie salad with dates & candied walnuts

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 8

This sumptuous salad is perfect for a group starter and can be whipped up the night before

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal502
  • fat41g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.23g
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  • 600g brie
  • 85g stoned dates, cut into small pieces



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 120g bag of rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 100g shop-bought croûtons, crumbled

For the candied walnuts

  • 100g walnuts, halved



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 25g caster sugar

For the dressing

  • 6 tbsp walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. To make the candied walnuts, shake the walnut halves in 2 tbsp water, then toss in the sugar. Scatter over a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 6-8 mins until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  2. Carefully peel the rind off the brie and discard. Put the gooey inside in a medium-sized bowl. Using a spoon or small whisk, whip the brie until pale and spoonable. To make the dressing, whisk the oil and vinegar together, then season.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the walnuts, dates and rocket, then mix with some of the dressing. Place a spoonful of whipped brie in the middle of each serving plate and arrange the salad around it. Scatter over the croutons, drizzle with a little extra dressing and serve.

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koolk_2009's picture
28th Dec, 2014
Had this Christmas day, it was lovely, but it won't whip unless your brie is really soft. I put mine in the microwave for 15 seconds and it whipped up beautifully!
Sarahjenkins25's picture
21st Dec, 2013
I made this. Easy and looks stunning on the plate. Would definitely recommend!!!
22nd Apr, 2012
Had this at a friends last night - fantastic! Sounds a strange combination but it really works! A great recipe which I will be stealing!
25th Jan, 2012
Great flavours but there was no way that the brie could be whipped without adding something to loosen it. I nearly broke my wrist using the mixer!
4th Jan, 2012
Made this for a romantic New Year's Eve dinner - wow, just fabulous and with minimal effort. Really pleased with it, it was just such a treat. Would absolutely recommend. I just used a fork to whisk as an actual whisk wasn't working. But it really was delicous - another Good Food success story in our house.
29th Dec, 2011
Forgot to rate and forgot to say that I used medjul dates!
29th Dec, 2011
Made this starter on Boxing Day. Quite rich and absolutely delicious. I used an electric hand whisk which made things easier and also used less balsamic vinegar as I happened to have some lovely organic walnut oil and didn't want it overpowered by the vinegar. I made my own croutons using the walnut oil and I also drizzled a little extra walnut oil around the plate as well as the dressing. Do watch how many candies walnuts you add as the dish could become too sweet.
27th Dec, 2011
Made a very special starter for Christmas day and easy to make. Brie did not soften enough to whip using a spoon or a whisk - but a quick Google suggested you could whip brie in a mixer, and voila, ten minutes later it was light and spoonable.
27th Dec, 2011
this is very tasty and made this for Christmas Day, but you need to buy really good brie, mine didn't soften enough to whip but even so it was lovely, definitely one to make again
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