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Salad Nests with Ume Plum Dressing

Salad Nests with Ume Plum Dressing

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!

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.

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.

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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).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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3:28AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Thank you :)

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9:01AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

yum. if i eat like a bunny, will i be as cute as one? :)

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7:03AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Thank you

12:48AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:20AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Yummy! The recipe sounds delicious. Thanks.

12:55AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Soundsgood. Ume plums are really good and very popular in Hawaii. Thanks.

4:56AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Mmmmm !!! Yummy!

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