A few weeks ago, we spent a weekend in Noosa – sans kids – and it was just marvellous.
Day after day of late lunches, lying on the beach, reading, walking it off. Some very memorable dinners too.
A good mate recommended Rickys which really was a highlight.
It is a beautiful restaurant on the river. A modern, relaxed interior of wood and glass, opening onto the water.
Friendly, incredibly professional service. A wonderful wine list. The ferry pulling alongside every half hour or so.
It was just a great lunch, though perhaps ironically, it was the greens and herby salad that stood out for me.
And thankyou to the kind chef who jotted down the recipe for me, which I have adapted below:
Because we have recently been chasing the best vinaigrettes to serve with leaves: convinced that after a beautiful piece of steak, pork, chicken or fish, a wonderfully simple salad of greens just mops it up.
This is one of the best, for three reasons: it is so simple, it hero’s herbs, a key signature of Neil Perry’s brilliant vinaigrette and finally, it isn’t sweet.
Not that there is anything wrong with a sweet vinaigrette, though the muted flavour of the canola oil and white balsamic (substitute white wine vinegar) really does blunt the whole thing down to almost the best, simplest paring you could ask.
Safely back in Sydney, we did a wonderfully simple seafood lunch, accompanied by this excellent Iceberg’s pea and farro salad as well as the Ricky’s salad:
It had 1-hat genius written all over it.
Try this vinaigrette. It is the best of all the vinaigrette worlds we have been trying.
100ml canola oil
50ml white balsamic (or white wine vinegar)
A handful of basil leaves
A handful of tarragon leaves
A handful of Italian parsley leaves
- Combine all the ingredients except the green leaves in a blender until well emulsified.
- Stir well through the greens and serve immediately.