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Eastern Redbud Salad Recipe

 

Eastern Redbud Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces salad greens of your choosing (check the February article by Master Gardener Michael Vidrine on types of lettuces)
  • Condiments of your choice
  • 2 cups eastern redbud blossoms
  • 8 ounces your favorite dressing

Instructions

Recipe by Chef Chris Shepley:

  1. Build the salad either in a bowl or on four separate plates garnished as you please
  2. Finish with a liberal sprinkle of the redbud blossoms and dress with your favorite dressing.

Added note by Merrill:

  1. In Chef Chris’ recipe you use the redbud blossoms as an additional condiment in any salad. It adds color, texture and a little spice. Try this variation on that staple recipe:
  2. Finely chop the salad greens.
  3. Mix with redbud blossoms and ¼ cup shredded water chestnuts
  4. Toss with Ginger Salad Dressing.
  5. Roll in spring roll wraps or in large lettuce leaves.
  6. Dip in Soy sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Executive Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant features vineyard cuisine and locally grown fresh from the garden produce in his recipes. He conducts Cooking Parties with the Chef on the third Sunday of each month at Messina Hof Winery.

 

Merrill Bonarrigo is co-owner of The Vineyard District and Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc., where The Vineyard House Restaurant resides. 

Ginger Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cornerstone Honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion
  • 2 tablespoon redbud flowers
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Add by the tablespoon to the salad mix and toss each time. Add only enough to dampen the leaves. You do not want it to be “soggy”.
  2. Note: the redbud leaves can be added to cider, rice, or white vinegar to create a pink vinegar with a nutritional bonus!

Recipe Notes

Executive Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant features vineyard cuisine and locally grown fresh from the garden produce in his recipes. He conducts Cooking Parties with the Chef on the third Sunday of each month at Messina Hof Winery.

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