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Spring Greens Creamy Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Creamy Vinaigrette

EAT, family meals By April 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Last week during a Cityline filming I had the pleasure of re-acquainting with Trish Magwood, Food Network host, creator of Dish Cooking Studio and all-around supermom.  She shared this amazing salad recipe on the show and it is absolutely delicious.  There’s nothing quite like a great spring salad to help celebrate the change in season. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days as well, and add the dressing each time you need a snack. If you time it right you may be able to find flowering pea shoots. They make a beautiful addition to this perfect springtime salad. Serves 6

Spring Green Salad Ingredients

1/3 cup (75 mL) baby peas
1 bunch thin asparagus (about 12 stalks), ends snapped off
1 head red leaf lettuce
1 small head frisée or chicory
1/4 cup (60 mL) shaved pecorino cheese

Creamy Vinaigrette Ingredients

3 tbsp (50 mL) sour cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil

How to compile the salad and vinaigrette

Blanch peas in a pot of boiling salted water for 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon (don’t drain the water) to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
In the same pot, blanch asparagus until tender-crisp. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice and cold water, then drain and pat dry. Cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces.
Wash, spin dry and tear the lettuces. Set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together sour cream, vinegar and salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified.  Drizzle some of the dressing into a salad bowl. Add the lettuces and toss to lightly coat, adding more dressing if needed. Season with salt and pepper. (Reserve remaining dressing for a different salad the next night.) Top with asparagus, peas and pecorino.

Photo and recipe excerpted with permission from Trish Magwood’s ‘In My Mother’s Kitchen‘ .

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Waldorf Bulgur Salad Recipe

EAT, family meals By June 20, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Stick to your healthy eating resolutions with this main course waldorf bulgur salad recipe that’s full of whole grain goodness. It’s a great use for any leftover roasted turkey you have, and packs easily for work lunches.  Makes 6 main course servings.

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Springtime Asparagus Tuna Salad

Springtime Tuna and Asparagus Salad

EAT, family meals By May 10, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

Springtime Tuna and Asparagus Salad with Apple Honey Lime VinaigretteNothing says springtime in Canada like fresh asparagus.  Delight in the tastes of the season with this nutrient-rich and refreshing salad.  The apple honey lime vinaigrette is fruity and delicious, and using Mott’s Fruitsations apple sauce reduces the amount of oil needed and helps to coat the lettuce. For people who love salad dressing and hate skimping – rejoice!  This recipe promises to be a new favourite that is sure to mix-up your “fruit-ine”!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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