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James Carrier Photo by: James Carrier

Mâche with Spring Vegetables and Lemon Vinaigrette

Notes: You can substitute asparagus for the green beans; cook it for 2 to 3 minutes in step 2.

Sunset APRIL 2003

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and slivered lengthwise
  • 8 ounces small haricots verts or other green beans, rinsed, ends trimmed, and any strings pulled off (see notes)
  • 8 ounces baby carrots (1/2 in. wide at top), tops trimmed off, and scrubbed, or baby-cut carrots
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas (from 1 lb. in shell)
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer or regular lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Fine sea or regular salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts mâche (4 oz.), rinsed and crisped

Preparation

1. Pour 2 teaspoons olive oil into an 8- to 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat; when hot, add onion and stir occasionally until slightly limp, about 8 minutes (onion should be a little crunchy still). Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, in a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring about 2 quarts water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until tender-crisp to bite, 4 to 5 minutes. With a strainer or slotted spoon, transfer to a colander; rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Add carrots to boiling water and cook until tender-crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to colander, rinse until cool, drain, and add to bowl. Add peas to boiling water and cook until barely tender to bite, about 3 minutes. Pour into colander and rinse until cool; drain and add to bowl.

3. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, yogurt, and mustard until blended. Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Add mâche to vegetables in bowl. Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over the top and mix gently to coat. Divide mixture among salad plates and garnish equally with sautéed onion.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Calories from fat: 64%
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Sodium: 68mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.2mg
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