Chino Chopped Vegetable Salad
- Mustard Vinaigrette:
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup almond or safflower oil
- Salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced fresh artichoke bottoms
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced green beans
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup diced radicchio
- 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup diced ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped tomato
- 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mixed greens, such as curly endive, chicory, and baby lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces
In a small bowl, combine the mustard and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the oils. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper and set aside. Whisk again when ready to serve.
In a small skillet, heat the olive oil. Season the diced artichokes lightly with salt and pepper and saute until al dente, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
Blanch the carrots and beans by placing each into a fine mesh basket. Set the basket into a pot of boiling salted water and cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Plunge onto cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain, cool, and add to the artichokes. Add the onion, radicchio, corn, and celery.
When ready to serve, dice the avocado and the tomato and add to the other vegetables. Reserving a little vinaigrette, toss the vegetables with the vinaigrette, sprinkle with the grated cheese, and toss again. Correct seasoning to taste.
Toss the greens with the reserved vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Divide the salad greens among 4 salad plates. Mound the chopped salad on the greens and serve immediately.
Note: You can be creative as to the vegetables you want to include or exclude in your salad. For example, you can use baby peas in season, or diced Chinese pea pods, or diced Italian squash, etc.