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Smoked salmon and mesclun salad with herbed toast

Smoked salmon and mesclun salad with herbed toast
Los Angeles Times

The sun moves over the Saturday Pico farmers market in Santa Monica, filtering through the canopy protecting the delicate herbs and baby lettuces at the Kenter Canyon Farms stall. Bunches of chocolate mint, flowering thyme and cilantro, their scents infusing ... Read more

Total time: About 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup best-quality olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup edible flowers, such as nasturtiums or calendulas
  • 2/3 cup creme fraiche
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 large slices pumpernickel bread, cut 1/2 -inch thick on a diagonal
  • 5 ounces (about 4 cups) mesclun
  • 16 thin slices of smoked salmon, about 1 pound

Step 1In a large bowl, whisk together the cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 2On a large cutting board, mince together the chives, dill, mint and edible flowers until they resemble fine confetti. Reserve one-eighth cup of the mixture and stir together the rest in a medium bowl with the creme fraiche and lemon zest. Set aside.

Step 3Toast the pumpernickel bread in a toaster until slightly crisp, cut in half diagonally and spread with the herbed creme fraiche.

Step 4Arrange four slices of smoked salmon in a single layer on each of four large plates. From the bowl of dressing, reserve two tablespoons and set aside. Add the mesclun to the bowl of dressing and toss to combine. Pile one-fourth of the salad on top of the salmon on each plate, being sure to get a little height to the salad. Stand two toasts against the salad. Sprinkle the reserved herb confetti and drizzle the reserved dressing around the salmon. Serve immediately.

Note: Use high-quality precut smoked salmon. Mesclun (wild baby lettuces) is available in produce aisles and at farmers markets, as are edible flowers.


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