Spring Salad with Green Almonds and Serrano Ham

Published: January 8, 2015 | By Jordan Vineyard & Winery
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One of our favorite recipes to celebrate the change of seasons, this light, flavorful salad captures the ethereal nature of our first spring harvest in the estate garden with fava greens, fragrant tree blossoms and young green almonds. The grilled onion flavors, salty Spanish ham and herbal vinaigrette highlight the bright acidity in our Jordan Chardonnay.

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

  • zest of one Meyer lemon
  • ¼ cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp shallots, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon thyme, chopped
  • ¾ cup Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the Salad

  • ¾ lb spring onions, rinsed and trimmed
  • ½ cup fresh peas
  • ½ lb green almonds, meat only*
  • 12 quail eggs
  • 4 ounces Jamón Serrano, sliced as thinly as possible and torn by hand
  • 1 lb medium green asparagus, peeled and sliced thinly on a bias
  • 1 cup fava greens, rinsed and patted dry
  • pea tendrils and fava blossoms for garnish (can substitute with any available garden blossoms)

Instructions

serves 6

Preheat grill to medium high. Prepare an ice bath. Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients in a nonreactive bowl; season to taste with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, toss the spring onions and 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette; set aside.

In a one gallon pot, bring 2 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil. While water is coming to a boil, grill spring onions on all sides, then shock them in the prepared ice bath, drain, pat dry with paper towels and reserve. Add peas to the boiling water. Cook for one minute and repeat ice bath procedure. Return water to a boil and repeat with the green almonds.
Place quail eggs in a small pot, fill with 2 cups of cool water and bring to a boil, cover pot and remove from heat. Allow eggs to continue to cook three minutes. Chill eggs in the ice bath, then carefully peel and cut into halves.
In a nonreactive bowl, combine all components, season and gently toss. Arrange salad onto six chilled plates and garnish with pea tendrils and fava blossoms.
* Green almonds are available at most farmers markets in the spring. Request the least mature.