Make Ahead

Warm orchard and field salad

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August 25, 2011
Author Notes

This is a simple summer salad that combines fresh caramelized warm corn and peaches over a bed of mixed greens, which adore wilting, with just a drizzle of a crème fraîche dressing. —Sagegreen

  • Serves 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of crème fraîche
  • 1 tsp. honey, to taste
  • 3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • pinch of kosher salt, divided
  • fresh milled black pepper, to taste, divided
  • 2 tbl. mixed herbs-basil, spearmint, and lemon verbena, divided
  • 2-3 tbl. unsalted butter, to taste
  • 2 cups of corn cut off the cob
  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • bed of mixed greens such as baby spinach and bulls blood beet micro greens
  • one small red onion sliced thinly into rings
  • Maldon salt flakes or other finishing salt
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Directions
  1. For the dressing whisk the crème fraîche, honey, mustard,and olive oil together until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice and vinegar. Add some salt and pepper. Add 2-3 tsp. of fresh herbs, chiffonade or finely chopped. Taste and adjust to your liking. Shake, cover and chill until serving.
  2. Brown the butter in a frying pan. Add the chopped fresh corn with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the corn begins to caramelize. Quickly add the peach slices for 30 quick seconds just to warm.
  3. On a bed of mixed greens (which will love wilting gently), place the warmed peaches and corn. Top with the onion and remaining fresh herbs. Drizzle a bit of the creamy dressing and a sprinkle of finishing salt to your liking.
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