Today’s recipe is a simple (only a handful of ingredients!) salad but it is so flavorful! Briny artichokes with a tangy lemon vinaigrette dressing are a fantastic combination.
Salad greens, about 5 ounces, washed and dressed
6 artichoke hearts, fresh or canned, quartered
2 roasted red peppers, julienned
Half of one small red onion or a large shallot, thinly sliced
Cilantro, one large handful washed and roughly chopped
Olive oil, a few tablespoons to mix the ingredients
Lemon juice, 1-2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper, to taste
The idea of this simple artichoke salad is similar to last week’s beet salad: pack it with lots of flavor and serve over a base of lightly dressed salad greens. You are given the choice of just how much flavor you can handle!
Gather and begin to slice and chop all of the ingredients. This salad will benefit from marinating so try to assemble and set aside in a medium bowl first. Add just a tablespoon or two of olive oil and the fresh lemon juice to mix everything. Don’t forget that you will be serving this over a bed of dressed greens. (Tip: Since artichokes are the main ingredient, using fresh or plain canned in water is best. It is difficult to manage the flavor of jarred, marinated artichokes.) If you want to cook fresh artichokes, here is a great post and video.
Wash and place the salad greens in a large bowl and lightly dress with the lemon vinaigrette. (Tip: Fresh and organic, alternative greens are plentiful at the farmer’s market this season. Try something new!) Set aside.
Place the greens in a bowl and add a few spoonfuls of the artichoke mixture on top, to serve individually. While the simple greens are a light base for this zesty salad, the peppery cilantro and sweet onion are a peppy complement to the lemony artichokes. With just a few ingredients, this meal can be created in minutes. This serves two people for dinner or four for lunch. Enjoy!
Fresh lemon juice, 1/8 cup
Rice or Apple Cider vinegar, 1/8 cup
Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil, about 1/3 cup
Splash of orange juice or teaspoon of honey
Combine the lemon and vinegar. Add the seasoning and mustard, mix. Whisk the oil in slowly until it combines and thickens a bit. Add the juice or honey to cut the tartness. Mix again. Taste and adjust to your liking. Simple and no additives! Yum.
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