Foodie Friday - Salad Course - Palo
Tomato, Marinated Tofu and Micro Green Salad
with Asparagus and Cantaloupe Spears
Location: Palo onboard the Disney Magic
Cost: $20 for entire meal. Plus, of course, cost of cruise.
Wait! Don't leave! I know I said tofu and salad, but look at the picture then come back up and read!
Did you look?
Okay, then on with the review.
Since it is super hot and late summer, I was looking through my old trip photos for a meal that is both cool and refreshing as well as filling. This more than fits the bill. Since I went vegan over two years ago, I have eaten extremely well at Disney both on land and by sea. Although all the Disney chefs I have met seem eager to rise to the occasion of an alternative diet, one particular plate stands out as the most visually stunning.
On May 2, 2013 I had the privilege of dining in Palo the adults only restaurant during our eight night itinerary. Chef Silvio Jr., head chef at Palo, presented me with this beautiful vegan play on the classic Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil salad. Substituting marinated chilled tofu for the mozzarella and crisp ridiculously fresh micro greens for the usual basil, the salad retained the crisp clean flavor profile the inspiring dish. The tomatoes thinly sliced, played off of the purple and green micro greens in a harmonious color contrast. The salad was lightly dressed in salt and pepper with an accompaniment of balsamic vinegar.
|You had me at "Balsamic"|
It would be neglecting the experience of the dish to leave out the garnish, if it can be rightly called as such. a beautiful tomato be-petal-ed rose with tiny basil leaves on a stalk of blanched asparagus and melon slivers. The melon and asparagus were perfectly prepared and in a wonderful salted, bitter, sweet balance. The rose, however, so beautifully decorated the plate that I could not bring myself to eat it. It sat in a place of honor on my bread dish next to my water glass throughout the dessert course.
Chef Silvio Jr. truly elevated this dish to another level and demonstrated the excellence and quality one hopes to find in a truly remarkable restaurant on shore. He is truly a Magic-al cast member and I highly suggest you look for him on your next Disney cruise. I believe he is to be onboard the Wonder this coming fall.
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