A Very Full Plate Farm Salad

Here is another easy chicory salad whose cohorts are a little more locally sourced, apples and celeriac. The celeriac is thinly sliced, and its raw sweetness and crunch is -muah!- just oh so great. Add in the winter bunching onions and you’ve got a total Full Plate Farm salad, in fact, I think I’ll tentatively call this one…

A Very Full Plate Farm Salad


½ head chicory of choice from the winter share (this one uses Bionda escarole)
1 crisp apple
½-1 bulb celeriac (you are shooting for about the same amount of celeriac as apple)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon winter bunching onions (diced)
salt and pepper

Prep the chicories for the salad. If you have a salad spinner, I suggest chopping the greens to the desired size and then put them in the strainer in its bowl and fill it with water. Give that chicory a bath! Once you’ve soaked it for a while and mixed it around to get any dirt or critters off, lift up the strainer, empty the spinner bowl and place the strainer back in and spin it dry. If you don’t have a spinner, you should wash and drain dry the leaves before you chop them. Place washed and chopped greens in a large salad bowl.

Using a mandolin or the single wide grater on a cheese grater, slice up the celeriac into thin sheets. Do the same to the apple, leaving the skin on. Add both to the salad bowl.

For the dressing, combine the olive oil and vinegar in a jar with a lid. I like to dice up the bottom few inches of the onions, utilizing all of the white and just a bit of the onion as it turns green. Add onions to the jar, and season with salt and pepper. tighten lid on jar and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour over salad, and with clean hands or mixing tongs mix until the greens and slices are thoroughly dressed.

Garnish with cracked pepper. You can serve this one right away, or as with most chicory salads keep it in the fridge, it will just improve in flavor and texture over the next day or two.

Serves 4.

| December 8th, 2012 | Posted in Chicories, kicking salad dressings, Recipes |

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