Make Ahead

Rounds, Roots and Shoots: A Vernal Salad

October  4, 2022
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

This Spring salad offers a crunchy, salty, moist, hearty yet light and fresh, and sweet in an Ayurvedic way. —

What You'll Need
  • Salad
  • 8-10 Baby New Potatoes
  • 10-12 Fresh Asparagus Stalks
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 3-4 Spring Onions
  • 1/2 cup Dill, chopped
  • 1 cup Marcona Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Microgreens
  • Dressing
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon
  • 1 tablespoon Mayo, or vegan substitute
  • 2-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A dusting of Red Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook about 15-20 minutes, until a fork easily slides through the middle. Meanwhile, if you have a double cooker or a steamer, put that on top of the boiling potatoes and blanch the asparagus for a 3-4 minutes only. Otherwise you can drop them into boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Rinse the asparagus immediately with cold water and place in a bowl of ice water. When the potatoes are done, drain and put them in a bowl of ice water too.
  2. Slice the zucchini thin and cut the rounds into quarters, so they are mini bite-size. Slice the spring onions all the way up into the green. Add the zucchini, spring onions, almonds and dill to a salad bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix up the dressing by mincing the garlic. I always make my dressings in a jar because with a lid on tight, you can really give it a good shake and prove to the world that even oil and vinegar can sometimes mix. So put your garlic into a small jar with the juice of half the lemon and the rest of the ingredients. Shake until it is creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Drain and dry the potatoes and asparagus and cut into small bite size pieces. Toss together with the zucchini, spring onions and dill. Give the dressing a good vigorous blend and pour onto the salad. Taste and adjust. I found mine needed the juice of the entire lemon. Serve on a bed of lettuce with a carefree sprinkling of microgreens.
  5. Options: Chopped, hard-boiled egg; avocado slices; sun-dried tomatoes for that bit of sour; sunflower seeds for added crunch; garden-fresh snap peas for even more sweet green; basil, cilantro, or mint for more savory zing. This salad is really happy company to just about any of Spring’s edible delights so let your garden or your local farmer inspire your whims.

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