Green Spring Salad with Salmon and a Rhubarb-Miso dressing

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Time for a super healthy recipe again. I love a good hearty salad for dinner. A few weeks ago, I got some rhubarb for the first time this year, I used part of it to make my Rhubarb, goat cheese & thyme tart and I saved 2 stalks to make the dressing for this salad. I wanted to make a rhubarb dressing but had no plans to add miso to it. But when I made the dressing it was missing something. I checked what I had in the house and decided to add some miso to it, since I love the combination of miso and salmon. And miso turned out to be what was missing in the dressing. I really liked the end result. And because it is spring, it’s nice to add a pop of color to a salad with some edible flowers.

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

½ cup of amaranth

2 avocados, thinly sliced

300gr Salmon fillet, without the skin

1 bunch of asparagus

1 cup of edamame

3 handfuls of lamb’s lettuce (called here veldsla)

3 poached eggs

Lemon pepper

Salt

Olive oil

For the dressing:

2 rhubarb stalks, sliced & then boiled for 5 minutes

½ cup of apple cider vinegar

½ cup of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey

2 teaspoons of Miso paste, I used red miso

Salt to taste

For decoration:

Pansies

Micro watercress

 

First cook the amaranth, boil it for 15 minutes and then drain it with a very fine mesh strainer. Set aside

To make the dressing, boil the sliced rhubarb for 5 minutes. Drain it, and then blend it with the rest of the ingredients except for the salt. The miso paste is already quite salty so taste first. Set aside.

Cook the edamame as instructed on the package. I get mine frozen and still in the pod, and I just put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

To prepare the asparagus, I prefer to buy the small, thin ones because they don’t need any preparation except for washing them and they cook faster. If you get the big asparagus, just snap off the woody ends.  Over medium-high heat, add a bit of olive oil to a pan. Add the asparagus, salt and lemon pepper. Sauté the asparagus for a couple of minutes until they are crisp and tender. Set aside

To prepare the salmon, slice the fillet into 9 pieces. Season them with lemon pepper and salt. Over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan. Add the salmon and pan-fry it for about 2 minutes on each side.  Set aside.

To poach the eggs, fill a pot with boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of white vinegar, and bring it to a boil. I like to poach one egg at a time.  Crack an egg into a glass or cup. Use a spoon or spatula to stir the boiling water into one direction to form a whirlpool. Carefully drop the egg in the middle of the whirlpool. Let it poach for 3 minutes and then remove it with a slotted spoon. Set aside and repeat for the remaining eggs.

To plate the salad, first arrange some of the avocado slices, lamb’s lettuce and edamame on each plate, then add some of the asparagus and sprinkle some of the amaranth. Then place 3 pieces of salmon in the middle and place the poached egg on top. Finish off with some micro watercress and flowers. I like to serve the dressing on the side.

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Rhubarb, Goat Cheese & Thyme Tart

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Rhubarb season has started and I couldn’t be more excited. I had something savory in mind and couldn’t wait to get my hands on some stalks. I was looking for it in my market a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find any. I finally found it a week ago in one stand at the Albert Cuyp market and just had to get it

I wanted to top a tart with it and get that nice pink color all over it. But I wanted it thinly sliced, which means I lose the color as it is only on the outer part. Therefore I decided to dye the rhubarb slices. I’ve seen that you can color it with grenadine syrup. I actually wanted to try and color it with beet juice but I forgot to get some, so I ended up just using red food coloring which I had in the house. I added some Greek yogurt to the filling instead of adding cream just to lighten it up a bit. The pastry dough is very simple to make from scratch.  My hubby and I finished the whole tart for dinner with a side of green salad.

This recipe makes a tart for a 9 inch – 23cm pie mold.

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour

100gr of butter, cold

¼ cup cold water

Pinch of salt

For the filling:

1 cup of Greek yogurt

200gr soft goat cheese, crumbled

5 sprigs of thyme, leaves only

2 eggs

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

For the Rhubarb:

2 rhubarb stalks, thinly sliced with a potato peeler or cheese slicer

For the coloring bath:

2 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

30 drops of red food coloring (just to color the rhubarb, then you’ll throw it away)

 

Start by making the pastry; place the butter, flour and salt in the food processor. Pulse until the dough resembles breadcrumbs, then add the water and pulse until you get an even dough. Form a ball with the dough, wrap it in plastic and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting in the fridge, start to prepare the rhubarb. Cut each stalk into 3 even pieces, and then thinly slice each piece using a potato peeler, cheese slicer or mandolin.

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To prepare the simple syrup, just mix the water with the sugar in a pot over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes, so it is not super-hot. Then add the food coloring and mix it well. Add the rhubarb slices and let them soak in the coloring bath, once it is cool enough; just put it in the fridge until ready to use.

Once the dough has rested in the fridge, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and flour a 9 inch – 23cm pie mold. It is better if it has a detachable bottom, just makes it easier to slice the tart later.

Lightly flour your working area and roll out the dough in a circular shape, enough to cover the pie mold. Line the pie mold with the dough, pressing firmly on the edges. Put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Take the pie out of the fridge, line it with parchment paper and fill it with uncooked rice or pastry weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove the rice and parchment paper, and bake for 5 more minutes.

For the filling, just blend all of the ingredients until evenly combined. Pour it over the pastry.

Drain the dyed rhubarb and then carefully arrange it in a circular motion on top of the filling. Bake the tart for 30 minutes.

Allow the tart to cool for 15 minutes before slicing it.

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