Pea Shoot & Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts

This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.

Ingredients:
½ cup hazelnuts
1½ tablespoons Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon minced shallot
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups arugula greens
2 cups pea shoots
6 Pink Beauty radishes, trimmed and very thinly sliced on a mandoline
1 fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, cored and very thinly sliced on a mandoline
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the hazelnuts in a pie plate and toast until they are fragrant and the skins blister, about 14 minutes. Transfer the toasted hazelnuts to a kitchen towel and let cool slightly, then vigorously rub the nuts together to remove the skins. Coarsely chop the nuts.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the Champagne vinegar with the Dijon mustard, honey and minced shallot. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and whisk until blended. Season the vinaigrette with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the arugula, pea shoots, radishes, fennel and chopped hazelnuts and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.
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Spring Salad with Deviled Duck Egg Vinaigrette

This salad puts both egg yolks and whites to delicious use.

Ingredients:
2 hard-boiled duck egg whites, sliced
½ pound asparagus, roasted or grilled
6 cups mixed spring lettuce greens, such as sunflower and pea shoots, plus arugula
1 cup cherry tomatoes

Vinaigrette:
2 hard-boiled duck egg yolks
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon paprika
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. To make the vinaigrette: In a food processor or blender, purée egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper until well combined. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until all the oil is incorporated.

2. In a large serving bowl, toss together egg whites, asparagus, spring greens and tomatoes. Toss with the vinaigrette and season to taste with more pepper as desired.

Spring Greens Salad

Featuring arugula and chives, this bright and fresh salad is our go-to side salad for pretty much any meal!

Ingredients:
1 head of Romaine lettuce
1 head butter lettuce
1 bunch arugula
1-2 cups microgreens, such as pea and sunflower shoots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped dill
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded, and sliced
1 medium avocado

For the dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
Several grinds black pepper
1 small clove of garlic, minced

Method:
1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic in the bottom of a salad bowl.

2. Wash the greens and dry very well. Tear into bite-sized pieces over dressing. Do not toss. Wash herbs and spin dry. Add to top of lettuce. Add sliced cucumber slices on top.

3. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for several hours. Just before serving, peel and slice avocado and add to greens. Toss gently, but well, and serve.

Black Caviar Lentil & Carrot Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

This salad from the experts at Rancho Gordo is fantastic for lunch all on its own, or served as a side at suppertime.

Ingredients:
2-4 carrots, peeled and grated (about 2 cups grated)
1 cup cooked black caviar lentils
1 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or to taste)
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or Champagne vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method:
1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, onion, mustard and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make a vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Place the grated carrots in a serving bowl. Add your desired amount of vinaigrette and toss to coat. (You may have some left over.) Add the lentils and parsley and toss gently. Taste and adjust the seasonings before serving.

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