This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes 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
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
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.
These dipped radishes make for a wonderful starter or snack!
Radishes, green tops intact
1 pound butter, at room temperature
2½ tablespoons fleur de sel
1. Gently wash the radishes in ice water, removing any dirt from the greens. Dry them well. Temper the butter by placing it over moderate heat.*
2. Once tempered, season the butter with the fleur de sel.
3. Dip the bottom half of the radishes into the tempered butter. Dip a second time and gently shake to remove any excess butter from the bottom. Place the butter-coated radish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper. Chill the radishes in the refrigerator until the butter is set.
*To temper butter, it’s easiest to use a double boiler, placing the butter over a pot of boiling water instead of directly heating the butter. Let the butter melt and heat up, then whisk occasionally until it thickens and stabilizes. It’s fully tempered when it has the consistency of melted chocolate.
The flavors of spring continue to delight, this week in a produce-packed brunch featuring organic Skagit River Ranch breakfast sausage patties, a spinach- and pancetta-packed gratin and beautiful farm-fresh eggs to poach, fry or scramble as you please. Accented by multigrain bread, tangy Greek yogurt, our housemade herb vinaigrette and colorful produce including purple sprouting broccolini, pea shoots, baby pac choi and the first of the ruby-red spring rhubarb, this breakfast is fit for a laidback weekend gathering.
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Poached Eggs Over Braised Spring Greens on Multigrain Toast
Fantastic for lunch, brunch, a snack or supper!
Pac Choi with Garlic
Fragrant garlic lends big flavor to sautéed pac choi greens.
Braised Carrots with Greek Yogurt & Fresh Mint
This gorgeous side dish is freshened up for spring with creamy yogurt and fragrant mint.
Meyer Lemon Aioli
This bright aioli is fantastic served with asparagus, or other grilled or sautéed spring veggies!
A true spring treat—just add a dollop of crème fraîche on top!
Top this crisp combination with a garlic-lemon dressing and freshly-grated Romano cheese.
1 bunch Watermelon radishes, trimmed
2 cups packed arugula
5 tablespoons grated Romano-style cheese
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Slice the radishes into thin rounds. (You should have about 1 cup.)
2. To prepare the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, garlic and lemon juice until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. In a serving bowl, combine the radishes, arugula, grated Romano and about two thirds of the dressing. Toss well, taste, and add more dressing to taste. Finish with fresh ground pepper.