Spring Harvest Salad
- 1/2 pound fresh beets
- 2 cups small fresh broccoli spears
- 4 cups torn young dandelion greens, washed and dried
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped boiled green peanuts (optional)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, cook the beets in 1 quart boiling water until just tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain; allow to cool, then peel and dice. Set aside.
Rinse the saucepan and bring a second quart of water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli spears and cook until tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water to chill. When chilled, drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the beets, broccoli, dandeloin greens, green onions, garlic, parsley, cilantro and, if desired, the peanuts.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegars, honey, and salt and pepper. Pour this vinaigrette over the vegetables and gently toss to lightly coat all ingredients. Serve immediately.
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