Weekday Vegetarian: Spring Greens with Sorrel Dressing and Acidulated Wild Leeks


Photo: Kelly Rossiter

It's so nice to finally have something green to eat from the farmers' market after the long winter of root vegetables. Not only that, the sorrel I planted in my garden last year is already massive, so I'll be adding it to many of the dishes I make over the next few weeks. I'm also ridiculously happy that the lettuce that bolted last year spread it's seeds out and I have many little lettuce plants that will providing my with lots of salad this year.I usually just mix up a vinaigrette for my salads, but I was looking for something to do with my wild leeks when I came across this recipe for salad dressing with sorrel and acidulated wild leeks and it looked interesting. I did the leeks first to let them sit for a while. With the tiny spring greens, this makes a really elegant salad, definitely a nice addition to a dinner party.

This recipe is from Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy's cookbook Seasons. Mr. Kennedy has long be in the forefront of the local and seasonal food movement, as this lovely cookbook, published in 2000 shows.

Spring Greens with Acidulated Wild Leeks and Sorrel Dressing

1 egg yolk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
6 sorrel leaves
6 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp 35% whipping cream
salt and freshly ground pepper
6 wild leek bulbs, chopped very finely
Mixed spring greens

1. Place the egg yolk in a blender. Add the mustard and 1 tbsp white wine vinegar. Chop the sorrel leaves and, while the motor is running, add the sorrel leaves to the blender. Trickle the oil in, in a steady stream. Add the whipping cream. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Place the chopped wild leek bulbs and the last tbsp of the white wine vinegar into a bowl. Set aside.

3. Toss the spring greens with the sorrel dressing and garnish with a sprinkling of the wild leek.

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