Make Ahead

Spring Vegetable Salad

May 31, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

My husband Mike writes the cocktail column for Edible Rhody magazine, and he and I were recently guests at a reception celebrating the release of the book “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods” held at New Rivers restaurant here in Providence. As you can imagine, we enjoyed a wonderful array of local food and drink that evening, and one dish that my friend Jen and I kept going back for more of was a beautiful spring salad of tiny radishes, fiddleheads, and tender peas, barely dressed and studded with chive blossoms and slivers of mint. It was the kind of dish I love, subtle and elegant, as beautiful to look at as it was delicious, and I was eager to try to recreate it at home. We had an impromptu potluck with some neighbors last night, and one of my contributions was a version of that salad. I used slender asparagus in place of fiddleheads, but I suspect that blanched snap peas or even tender young green beans would work as well. —lastnightsdinner

What You'll Need
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil
  • 1 cup very thin asparagus, sliced on the bias into about 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh peas, blanched
  • 2 bunches tiny radishes (I used a variety called Cherry Belle), greens removed, trimmed and quartered
  • 4-6 chive blossoms
  • 4-6 big fresh mint leaves, fine chiffonade
  1. Put a pinch or two of salt into a mixing bowl, add the rice wine vinegar and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Whisk in the grapeseed oil until the dressing is emulsified.
  2. Add the asparagus, peas, and radishes to the bowl and gently toss. Separate the chive blossoms into individual little buds by pinching the blossoms off where the feathery stems connect to the chive. Just before serving, toss about half of the chive blossoms and the mint with the dressed vegetables and spoon the salad into a serving bowl, scattering the remaining chive blossoms over the top.

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  • lastnightsdinner

6 Reviews

wssmom May 9, 2011
Oh, wow, this sounds divine!
Midge May 8, 2011
This is gorgeous and I bet so delicious.
inpatskitchen May 8, 2011
Lovely salad!!
lastnightsdinner May 8, 2011
Sunchowder September 5, 2010
This salad looks wonderful!
lastnightsdinner September 5, 2010
Thank you!