"This salad is the little sister of the Provençal dish called a grand aioli," says Amaryll Schwertner, chef-owner of Boulette's Larder in San Francisco. She omits the seafood of the grand version and focuses instead on "the colors, flavors, and textures of summer produce." To make a half-batch of aioli (a deliciously garlicky mayonnaise), whisk it by hand and use 1 egg yolk rather than half of a whole egg.

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total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 to 8 as a first course, 4 as a main course; Makes 1 cup aioli
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450°.

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  • Blanch beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, plunge into a bowl of ice and water, then drain again and pat dry on a kitchen towel.

  • Toss potatoes and squash separately with 2 tbsp. oil each, some sea salt, and about two-thirds of thyme sprigs. Roast separately in a single layer on rimmed baking sheets until just tender, 7 to 10 minutes for zucchini and 20 to 25 for potatoes.

  • Make aioli: In a bowl, whisk egg with a pinch of fine sea salt and the vinegar until thick. Whisk in remaining 1 cup oil gradually, drop by drop for the first 1/4 cup or so (until the mixture is emulsified) and then in a thin stream until aioli is nice and thick; you may not need all the oil. Alternatively, whirl egg, salt, and vinegar in a blender, then drizzle in oil.

  • Sprinkle garlic with 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt. Mince with a chef's knife, then use side of blade to crush garlic into a paste. Stir garlic paste into mayonnaise. Taste and add more salt or vinegar if you like.

  • Arrange cooked and raw vegetables on a large platter or long board, top with remaining thyme sprigs, and serve with aioli.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per first-course serving with 1 tbsp. aioli.

Source

Boulette's Larder, San Francisco

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; calories from fat 68%; protein 4.7g; fat 22g; saturated fat 3.2g; carbohydrates 20g; fiber 4.3g; sodium 142mg; cholesterol 13mg.
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