Friday’s Fixin’s: The Perfect Spring Salad

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The Perfect Spring Salad

Are you all ready for the most PERFECT spring salad? My friend (and chef extraordinaire) Maili shared her super special salad with me and encouraged me to share it with you (Silver Lining).  Oh my gosh, I literally can’t stop eating it!  Hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Maili’s Perfect Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Asparagus
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 1 cup of mint leaes
  • 1, 5-ounce container of arugula
  • 2 bunches of water cress
  • 1, 5-ounce container of mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (as you know, Lucini is my favorite!) for the dressing and 2 tablespoons for the asparagus
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maldon salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Cut off the ends of the asparagus (at an angle) and place it on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the asparagus and top with some lemon zest (not a necessity, but a Silver Lined addition!)
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. They should be crisp when done.
  • Slice the radishes thinly, either by hand or using a mandolin. Put the radishes in a bowl of ice water to keep them fresh and crisp.
  • In separate bowl, mix the mint leaves, arugula, water cress and regular greens
  • Just prior to serving, add the radishes, dressing and asparagus.
  • For the Dressing, whisk together:
    • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
    • the juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
    • 1/4 cup of olive oil
    • Maldon salt
    • freshly ground pepper

The mint and radishes are the super secret and special ingredients. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. To make this an entree, you could easily add fish (or meat, if you eat it).  All I can say is Y-U-M!

An Added Silver Lining of this recipe is the health benefits of Radishes including:

  • Eliminates excess mucus in the body and can be helpful in fighting a cold and soothing a sore throat
  • Aids in digestion
  • Prevents viral infections
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Protects against cancer (part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with broccoli and cabbage)
  • Low in calories, high in nutrients and fiber
Enjoy!

 

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  1. Jan Gray says

    I love salads and in this one you have many of the ingredients I put in mine. Thank you so much for sharing something that is not only good to the palate, but also healthy for the body.