Romaine, Fennel, and Clementine Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

This recipe is similar to the delightful salad served at Magic Pan crepe restaurants that were popular during the 80s. In our version, we have added fresh fennel bulb which adds a delectable crunch to the salad and we’ve replaced the canned mandarin oranges with fresh seedless clementine segments.

INGREDIENTS:

Salad
1/4 cup slivered almonds
4 green onions, chopped (white and green leaves)
1/2 cup fennel bulb, thinly sliced (optional but nice)

1 medium head romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut into bite sized pieces (or salad mix of your choice)
1 cup fresh clementine segments, removing any white fibrous parts

Dressing
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon tarragon, dried
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup white tarragon vinegar
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

Toast almonds in skillet over low heat, shaking constantly, until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Set aside.

Place salad greens, green onions, fennel, and clementine segments in large mixing bowl.

For the dressing, place all ingredients in blender and process until creamy and emulsified.

Pour enough salad dressing over salad greens to lightly coat lettuce greens and toss gently. Plate on chilled salad plates and garnish with toasted almonds. Store any remaining dressing in refrigerator.

YIELD: Serves 4

Spicy Maple Glazed Mixed Nuts

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds, if using), maple syrup, oil, rosemary, red pepper flakes, paprika, and salt in a medium bowl. Toss to evenly coat nuts.

Place nut mixture on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and place in oven. Roast the nuts, tossing occasionally, until they are toasted and caramelized, about 20–25 minutes.

Transfer nuts to a sheet of parchment paper and spread into in an even layer, breaking up to prevent clusters from forming. Allow to cool.

Store airtight at room temperature.

YIELD: 8 servings