Blood Orange Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.
1-2 blood oranges
½ pound arugula greens
1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil (or other preferred mild tasting oil)
1. Spread the greens out on a large, round serving platter to make a bed.
2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the orange. Stand oranges up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice oranges crosswise into thin wheels.
3. Arrange the orange on top of the arugula, overlapping the slices slightly. Then layer on the avocado slices.
4. To prepare the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients except the two oils. Continue whisking while adding the oils in a thin stream. Keep whisking until well combined. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad and then season with ground pepper if desired. Garnish with the toasted pumpkin seeds.
Poached Duck Egg Salad with Frizzled Leeks
The lovely runny egg yolk becomes the vinaigrette for this beautiful salad.
3-4 cups baby lettuce greens
2 duck eggs
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Frizzled leeks (see recipe)
1. To poach the eggs, half-fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Meanwhile, crack each egg into it’s own small bowl and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately (and softly!) slip the egg into the pot. Turn the heat down low, and cook for 3 minutes. Gently lift eggs out of the pot and drain on paper towels.
2. Divide the spinach greens onto two plates, then add a poached egg to each. Season the salads with salt and pepper, then drizzle lightly with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with a generous helping of frizzled leeks. Serves 2, but can easily be doubled or tripled for more portions.
Warm Beet Salad with Cara Cara Oranges & Chevre
Topped with tangy goat cheese and juicy orange slices, this colorful salad is a true springtime pick-me-up.
Roasted beets, sliced and still warm from the oven
1 Cara Cara Orange
½ cup crumbled fresh chevre
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts or pecans, chopped
For the dressing:
½ cup high-quality olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
A large pinch of this week’s La Boîte spice blend
1 clove garlic, crushed
Fresh ground pepper
1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then toss about half of the dressing with the warm beets.
2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the tops and bottoms off the orange. Stand the orange up and slice to remove the peel and membrane. Then, slice it crosswise into thin wheels.
3. On a serving platter, arrange the beet slices and then top with the orange slices. Drizzle with additional vinaigrette as desired, then top the salad with the crumbled chevre and toasted nuts.
Variation: This salad is also lovely served atop a bed of baby spinach greens.
Pea Shoot & Microgreen Salad with Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery microgreens and sweet pea shoots.
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
1 pound combined microgreens and pea shoots
2 large 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
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 microgreens, pea shoots, radishes, fennel and chopped hazelnuts and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.