Baby Greens with Almond Vinaigrette

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 18 asparagus spears (about 1 pound) hard ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Oyster or white mushrooms, stems and caps finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound (6 cups loosely packed), baby greens, such as oak leaf, mache and watercress
  • Almond Vinaigrette, recipe follows
  • ALMOND VINAIGRETTE
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Blanch the asparagus in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until bright green, about 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl of iced water. Drain and cut on the diagonal into 2-inch long pieces. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until smoking. Saute the mushrooms just to soften, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute briefly until the aroma is released. Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, lightly toss the baby greens with about half of the almond vinaigrette. Divide into 6 portions and place on serving plates. Divide the mushrooms and sprinkle across the top.

In the same bowl, toss the blanched asparagus with the remaining vinaigrette. Divide among the salads, fanning the spears across the top.

ALMOND VINAIGRETTE

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

When the almonds are cool, transfer to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth. Store in a container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Yield: 3/4 cup


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