Spring Greens with Crispy Potatoes, Herbs & Asparagus

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Author Notes: On this beautiful Spring day in New York City, I stopped by the Greenmarket. Flowers everywhere, fresh herbs, loads of ramps, and the first of asparagus is here. I was so happy to see everything green and a new variety of veggies to explore. Today I was intrigued by all the greens. A new one I had never heard of, chickweed. Read more about chickweed below. Using my usual mesclun mix from one of my favorite farmers. Baby Mizuna and Mustard greens with the addition of Sorrel. Love greens! So happy your back :) Variety again yipee!

This recipe is not designed to be followed spot on. Its about trying new greens, ones that are seasonal and not very common. Depending on where you live and what is available. Also the addition of fresh herbs is very complimentary.
Nicole Franzen

Serves 2

  • 1 bunch of upland cress (any kind of watercress would be fine)
  • 1 handful of chickweed
  • 1/4 pound of high quality mesclun mix (baby mizuna & mustard greens, sorrel)
  • 1/2 pound of roseval fingerling potatoes (a reddish color fingerling, any fingerling would be fine)
  • fresh herbs (I used oregano)
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
  • parmesan (your favorite cheese)
  1. Wash all your greens well and place in a salad bowl. Blanch asparagus in simmering salted water for 1-2 minutes. Shock into an ice water bath to stop the cooking process and bring out their vibrant green color. I added homemade crispy potatoes. Using a mandolin I thinly sliced fingerling potatoes. In a large pan on med-high heat, add oil. Add potatoes in small batches so they are evenly distributed in pan. Fry till crispy and season with sea salt. Dress greens with about 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar and 4 teaspoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fan asparagus on the salad or chop into bit size pieces. Top with shaved parmesan and the crispy potatoes. Very simple but the greens are so flavorful they dont need much :)
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Tags: asparagus, herbs, potatoes , Salads, Salads, sorrel, Spring

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