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Sunflower Sprouts Salad

Our version of the standard green salad is an airy stack of tender butter lettuce leaves with raw and cooked vegetables. Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes. Notes: We love the fresh, nutty flavor of sunflower sprouts, but you can substitute any variety of sprout you like.

Sunset MAY 2008

  • Yield: Makes 4 first-course servings

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • Ice
  • 1 head butter lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 8 ounces sunflower sprouts (see Notes)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese (chèvre)

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cut off and discard bottom halves of asparagus spears. Cut tops into 2-in. lengths. Cook asparagus until barely tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer to a large bowl of ice and cold water. When cool, drain and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine lettuce leaves and sprouts. Add half of the reserved vinaigrette and toss carefully just until coated. Divide lettuce and sprouts among 4 plates, starting with the largest leaves for the bottom layer. Sprinkle each pile of greens with asparagus, cucumber, bell pepper, and radishes. Drizzle the vegetables with a little more vinaigrette.

4. Place 1 tbsp. goat cheese on each salad and serve with remaining vinaigrette and sea salt for sprinkling if you like.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 373
  • Calories from fat: 80%
  • Protein: 11g
  • Fat: 33g
  • Saturated fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 12g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 513mg
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
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