Mâche and Asian Pear Salad with Hazelnuts

Mâche and Asian Pear Salad with Hazelnuts
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Ingredients

For the vinaigrette

  • 1 Tablespoon  minced shallots
  • 1 Tablespoon  white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons  white truffle oil
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  sea salt
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 1/4 Cup  hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2  Asian pears, halved crosswise, cored, and sliced thinly with a mandoline
  • 5 Ounces  baby mâche
  •   Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Mâche is unforgettable. I call it the princess of all leafy greens.

The tiny lettuce, when picked young, looks like a rosette, no bigger than a small daisy. Also known as corn salad, field salad, or lamb's lettuce, mâche thrives in cool weather and, contrary to its delicate features, is a pretty hardy little plant. It's also packed with many nutrients.

But I will confess that’s not the reason I love mâche. What truly enchants me is its subtle and succulent flavor, which makes for the most elegant salads and garnishes.

In this recipe, I serve the mâche with super-thin slices of Asian pear, and toss the tender greens with a shallot and truffle vinaigrette. The sweetness of the petite lettuces harmonizes beautifully with the aromatic pears and the more pungent vinaigrette.

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Directions

For the vinaigrette

In a small bowl, combine the shallots, vinegar, oil, and salt. Season with pepper, to taste, and whisk until well blended. Set aside.

For the salad

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake until the skins are dark and split and the nuts are golden, for 25-30 minutes. Shake the pan once or twice during baking to ensure even roasting. (Do not brown the nuts or they will lose their flavor.) Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.*

Once cooled, rub the nuts between your fingers or with a lint-free, clean kitchen towel to remove the skin. Then, use a mortar and pestle to crush coarsely.

Place 5 pear slices in the center of each of 4 plates, overlapping them and arranging them in a long row. Place the greens in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with two-thirds of the vinaigrette and toss until all the leaves are well coated, being careful not to break them.

Arrange the greens on top of the pear slices. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with pepper, to taste, and serve.

Notes

*Note: Store any leftover nuts in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

186 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

9%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 60g 93%
  • Carbs 53g 18%
  • Saturated 4g 22%
  • Fiber 13g 52%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 15g
  • Protein 8g 15%
  • Sodium 305mg 13%
  • Calcium 117mg 12%
  • Magnesium 89mg 22%
  • Potassium 902mg 26%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 172mg 25%
  • Vitamin A 238µg 26%
  • Vitamin C 19mg 32%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 11%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 20%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 158µg 40%
  • Vitamin E 12mg 61%
  • Vitamin K 192µg 240%
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