Tender Spring Green Salad with Almonds, Radishes, Chèvre, and Kumquat

Source: Leif Hedendal, local chef

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This recipe was demonstrated at CUESA’s Market to Table programs on May 24, 2008.

Serves 8


¼ cup whole raw almonds
1 large handful of various baby lettuce leaves
1 small handful of red orach (a purple heritage spinach grown by Heirloom Organic Gardens)
1 small handful bordeaux spinach
1 large handful arugula
¼ cup thinly sliced radishes
¼ cup fresh chèvre (goat cheese)
2 kumquats, seeded and thinly sliced

3 kumquats, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
½ small shallot
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. Toast the almonds in your oven for about 10 minutes, until golden on the inside. Let cool and then chop them roughly.
  3. Make dressing: combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Mix the greens, sliced kumquats and the radishes together in a bowl. Add enough dressing to evenly coat all the greens and toss delicately.
  5. Distribute the salad onto plates and garnish with almonds and crumbled chèvre.


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