The savory part of the title speaks to my love of all things savory and corresponding mild to excessive dislike of all things sweet. The savage? That would be my two dogs (delicately furred and feathery sighthounds).
I make my own creations and I conjure up a modified version of the same recipe for the dogs - usually omitting ingredients that would not agree with them and adding in items that add nutrition into their monotonous diet of kibble.
Today I made one of my favorite salads. It used to be on the menu at Passion Fish in Pacific Grove.
It was a salad that included pan seared goat cheese, pears, candied walnuts and a wonderful balsamic dressing.
It has been years since they included it on their menu but I remember it very fondly.
Yes, the candied walnuts ended up a bit 'well cooked' but they still had a wonderful combination of sweet and spicy.
The panko coated goat cheese slices browned in a hot skillet is what puts this dish over the top. The tart and creamy flavor of the goat's cheese pairs perfectly with the bite of the balsamic vinegar and the sweet/spicy zing of the walnuts.
So, that has been my response to dealing with a low salt (not no salt) diet - bump up the spice!