Fresh Almond Salad

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Author Notes: Have you ever had a fresh almond? They are elusive, available only for a few short weeks in the spring. I first tried them at Castagna in Portland, OR but had never seen them sold anywhere. In Israel, you don't have to search out fresh almonds - when they're in season, you know. At the shuk, or outdoor market, they are glorious and in abundance.

The outside is pale green and fuzzy like a peach (they are actually related!), but surprisingly crunchy to bite into. Within the shell, only a hint of the almond that is to come is visible. The taste is pure freshness, the essence of springtime in one small package. My husband put it best when he apprehensively tried a fresh almond – also known as green almonds – and reported back, “tastes very green.”

So, when preparing fresh almonds it’s important not to overwhelm this fresh, clean flavor. Lemon, used in moderation, is a lovely complement that brightens the almond’s flavor. I tried adding Parmesan to one version and found that it totally overpowered the delicate flavor. Here, the simplest preparation is the best. This is a great side to act as a foil against a heavy main (it was the perfect palate cleanser and accompaniment for homemade macaroni and cheese).

Serves 4 as a side

  • 1/4 pound fresh almonds (aka green almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste and prevent discoloration
  • Freshly ground sea salt
  1. Prepare a bowl of water and add the juice of half a lemon. Thinly slice the green almonds, adding them to the water as you go to prevent discoloration.
  2. Strain the almonds and pat dry. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. Toss with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and season with sea salt. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt if necessary.

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over 1 year ago Kaitlin Ballesteros

I just harvested a bunch of green almonds from neighborhood street trees after seeing them in a local Persian market. I gave them all to an Iranian neighbor but will keep some for myself next time!


about 4 years ago fo

si facile! j'aime beaucoup!


about 4 years ago kmartinelli

merci! :-)


over 4 years ago Midge

I just saw these at a market last week! Now I know what to do with them - thanks!


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

Oh how lucky you have fresh almonds! Maybe they are becoming more popular. Enjoy!


over 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I just saw green almonds at a Middle Eastern market near us and was wondering how to use I know! Thanks for sharing this recipe.


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

So cool! Hope you enjoy! This salad is so refreshing and so simple.


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Wow, how cool! When did you eat at Castagna??


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

I was there a little over a year ago (it feels like yesterday) to attend the IACP conference and pack in as many restaurants as I could. Castagna was outstanding! So much good food in Portland!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You introduce us to such interesting food. Thank you!


over 4 years ago kmartinelli

Aw thanks drbabs! I was so excited to come across these at the market.