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.

Spring in Swing Recipes

All signs point to spring—budding trees in the orchard, cheery daffodils popping out of the soil and the arrival of fresh spring “greenery” from the gardens in the form of asparagus, micro broccoli and rainbow Swiss chard, plus sunflower and pea shoots. Thus, spring fare takes center stage in this week’s basket, with a housemade potato-leek soup, imported pasta and flaky smoked salmon all to help accent the bevy of produce that also includes cauliflower, Koru apples and leeks—so open up our delivery, perhaps nibble a Dick Taylor chocolate bunny as you peruse recipes, and then enjoy all that the season has to offer!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Smoked Salmon & Leek Frittata
Paired with a crisp salad, this stunningly-simple dish is fantastic for breakfast, brunch or lunch!

Pasta with Sautéed Spring Greens & Chevre
This incredibly-satisfying pasta is quite versatile: Use any combination of your favorite hearty greens!

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Cara Cara Orange & Fennel Salad
This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche
Bright green asparagus spears are drizzled with a classic French-style cold egg sauce in this refreshing recipe.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots

This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy beautiful combines both savory and sweet flavors.

Ingredients:
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Put carrots in a large roasting pan.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey and 2 teaspoons vinegar. Pour over carrots. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Toss gently to combine.

3. Roast carrots for 10 minutes; toss, roast for 15 minutes more, or until carrots are tender and browned in spots.

4. Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with a few additional drops of vinegar and a dash of sea salt.

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Garlic-Ginger Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry

Serve this fragrant stir-fry with rice or noodles; we also love topping each serving with a fried egg and extra hot sauce.

Ingredients:
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup hoisin sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons freshly-grated ginger
1- 2 tablespoons Sun Sauce or Sriracha (optional)
1 pound stir-fry beef, thinly-sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil or vegetable oil
8 ounces mushrooms, such as a mix of Cremini and Shiitake, washed and sliced if very large
1 bunch broccolini, trimmed of any tough ends
1 bunch Senposai greens
1 Lotus root, peeled, trimmed of root ends and thinly-sliced into rounds
1 yellow onion, cut into slices
1 bunch scallions, trimmed of root ends and minced

Method:
1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger and Sun Sauce until combined.

2. Put the beef slices in a plastic baggie or bowl. Pour ¼ cup of the garlic-ginger sauce over the pork and mix to coat evenly. Marinate at least 1 hour or overnight in the fridge. Place remaining garlic-ginger sauce in the fridge as well.

3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the sesame or vegetable oil and the pork. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pork from the skillet and set aside.

4. In the same skillet add the other tablespoon of oil and add all the prepped vegetables and greens. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pork and remaining garlic-ginger sauce. Cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with scallions and sesame seeds on top, if desired.

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