Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Arugula, Blackberry & Nasturtium Salad

This paring of ripe berries, spicy ginger, peppery greens, and fresh flowers
is as close to sublime as food gets!

12-15 cups lightly packed arugula leaves or small spinach leaves
2 Tbls walnut or olive oil
2 Tbls raspberry vinegar
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar
1 Tbls honey
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup fresh blackberries
2 Tbls finely slivered or minced crystallized ginger
Edible flowers, such as nasturtium

(Use only flowers you know are free of chemicals -- systemic or sprays --
keeping in mind that spray from fruit trees or lawns may drift onto flower

Pinch stems from arugula. Rinse leaves well then spin or pat dry and place
in a large bowl. Combine oil, raspberry and balsamic vinegars, honey, and
Dijon in a bowl and whisk until blended (or shake in a jar).  Just before
serving, drizzle dressing over greens and toss until leaves are coated.
Sprinkle with berries, ginger, and flowers and toss gently.

Here's a short list of edible flowers: nasturtium, pansy, rose, calendula,
Johnny Jump-Up, geranium, bachelor button, and the flowers of herb plants
such as rosemary, thyme, chive, borage, mint, sage, and

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