As I look out my sunny window, the brightness from the snow doesn’t really scream of spring being near. But the warmth of the afternoon sun these days and the slow influx of color at the Farmers market makes me think that yes, spring will return. This salad is a mixture of tastes, some winter, some spring. A blending, if you will. Roasted balsamic beets, nutty cashews, warm comforty tastes of winter. Sweet pea shoots, the color of springs first grass.
Almost Spring Salad
1lb beets – rinsed, trimmed, roasted until tender and then thinly sliced
4 cups baby spinach
4 cups sweet pea shoots
1/2 cup roasted salted cashews
good quality balsamic reduction (or you can easily make your own by simmering balsamic vinegar until it is reduced by half. cool and drizzle
option: thinly sliced natural ham, baked in a hot oven until crisped
Directions: Assemble the greens on a plate. Top with cashews and roasted beets. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Enjoy. Obviously the ham can be omitted for a vegetarian version.