This unusual, light and pretty salad is a delightful reminder of the returning birds and nesting activity everywhere. Salad Nests have been a hit at many parties and public gatherings, and even children find them both tasty and charming. The dressing has all the piquant delicacy of a springtime Japanese watercolor.
Instant edible art, and a breeze to make!
INGREDIENTS PER SERVING
1 generous handful alfalfa sprouts
1 tablespoon scallions, finely chopped
Several whole, blanched almonds
Ume Plum Dressing (see below)
1. For each serving, take a generous handful of alfalfa sprouts and gently form them into a nestlike shape.
2. Fill each nest with scallions, then top with several almonds (these look charmingly egglike).
3. Drizzle each nest with Ume Plum Dressing.
UME PLUM DRESSING
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons ume (or umeboshi) plum vinegar (available at your local natural food or Asian specialty store)
1. Combine the olive oil and plum vinegar in a jar with a tightly-fitting lid.
2. Put the lid on the jar and shake until dressing is smooth.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions Press.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).