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Fresh herb salad with seeds

Fresh herb salad with seeds
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

There'll be no potato latkes on my Hanukkah table this year. Yes, I know they're traditional -- my mother made them every Hanukkah when I was growing up. I've also prepared them for my children in years gone by, along ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 3/4 cup basil leaves, preferably purple basil, torn into pieces
  • 4 cups chilled baby salad leaves
  • 2 to 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Juice of half orange
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Step 1In a large bowl, toss together the mint, parsley, cilantro and basil, along with the salad leaves and sliced radishes.

Step 2Toast the sunflower seeds and sesame seeds separately in a dry frying pan over low heat, stirring frequently until just golden. Mix them together and add three-fourths of the mixture to the salad (save the rest for garnish), and toss to mix.

Step 3Combine the olive oil, lemon and orange juice, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a screw-top jar and shake until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. This makes about one-third cup dressing.

Step 4Just before serving, transfer the salad to a large platter, sprinkle over the dressing, and garnish with the remaining sunflower and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


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