Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Day of Spring Salad

You might have heard Hal Borland's quote: "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Well, today is the day. Winter officially ended and we celebrate the First Day of Spring. The weather may still play some tricks on you, but I hope your heart is singing already.


As the nature wakes up and the days are getting longer and warmer, the supply of fresh organic, seasonal, locally grown greens and vegetable seems to increase exponentially. Take a good advantage of the offer and indulge as often as you possibly can. Make opulent salads. Make juices. Eat raw!

To celebrate the Spring Equinox I made a wonderful salad that hopefully inspires you to your own creations. Give it a try.

Makes two large salad platters

Ingredients:

for the salad
  • 1 large head of lettuce, cut in half
  • 8 radishes, quartered and sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, cubed
  • 1 fennel, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs, chopped (dill, parsley, chives, cilantro, mint, fennel fronds) 

for the dressing
  • freshly pressed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper


for garnish
  • 4 large strawberries, quartered
  • handful of edible flowers
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds


Method: 
  • In a small bowl whisk the salad dressing. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix all salad in
    gredients, except the lettuce. Mix well. Add half the amount of salad dressing. Mix again. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.
  • Arrange lettuce halves on individual platters leaving one half of the platter empty. Transfer the chopped, dressed vegetable and greens onto the empty half of each platter. Pour the remaining salad dressing over the lettuce. 
  • Garnish the platters with hemp seeds, strawberries, and edible flowers.
  • Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

Spring has returned. 
The Earth is like a child 
that knows poems. ~
Rainer Maria Rilke 

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2016

         
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