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Baby Green Salad with Chive Blossoms

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When chives are allowed to flower, they produce purple blossoms that make a delicate onion-flavored addition to the salad. Garlic flowers and nasturtiums make good alternatives.You can find wasabi powder at specialty food stores, Asian markets and many supermarkets.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar mixed with a pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh chives
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup chive flowers with 1 inch of stem attached (about 2 ounces)
  • 6 cups baby greens
  • Freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the wasabi powder with the vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water. Whisk in the peanut oil until emulsified and season with salt. Stir in the minced chives.

  2. Heat 3/4 inch of vegetable oil in a small saucepan. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, ice water and egg yolk; the batter will be a little lumpy. Working in batches, dip one-third of the chive flowers in the batter and add them to the oil. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a rack to drain and season with salt. Repeat with the remaining chive flowers.

  3. In a large bowl, toss the greens with the wasabi dressing. Season the salad with salt and pepper and mound on 4 plates. Top the salads with the fried chive blossoms and serve immediately.