A light, healthy recipe to celebrate spring: fava, tree blossom salad

by on March 27, 2011

The harbinger of spring on the Jordan Estate is the blossoming of our fruit trees. Our apple tree and fava bean blossoms inspired this light, healthy salad recipe to celebrate the new season. If you don’t have access to blossoms, other edible flowers may be substituted. Pairs beautifully with Jordan Chardonnay.

Fava and Blossom Salad with Late Winter Citrus

Ingredients:

  • 6 thin slices rustic sourdough bread
  • 1 cup fava beans, shelled
  • ½ cup fava blossoms
  • ¼ cup stone fruit blossoms
  • 3 spring onions, sliced thin
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed Valencia orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1½ cups Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Grill or toast the bread slices until golden brown. Drizzle with a small amount of the olive oil and set aside.

Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the fava beans and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain well. Peel and put in a bowl. Add the fava blossoms, stone fruit blossoms and spring onion. Set aside.

In a blender combine the orange juice, lemon juice, shallot, mustard and thyme. Blend on medium speed. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil until completely incorporated. (It is best to do this just before serving.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pour a small amount of the vinaigrette over the fava mixture and toss gently. Taste and adjust the vinaigrette and salt and pepper as needed. Arrange in small mounds in the center of six salad plates. Place a crouton on each plate and serve.

Serves six.

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  • Robin Shank

    One that I always enjoy comes from a restaurant in Mammoth that we used to enjoy in our sking days. Sunshine Salad— Mixed greens ( I like to mix herb salad mix with iceberg, a can of mandarine oranges chilled and drained, tropical trail mix, and poppyseed dressing, toss greens and mandarine pieces together and add trail mix ( to taste ) toss lightly with dressing. Just remembered the restaurant ” Whiskey Creek”

  • Ron Saikowski

    Is there a source available to determine which blossoms are edible? Thanks for the input

  • http://www.jordanwinery.com Lisa

    Hi Ron,
    Thanks for your question. Here is a good resource on which flowers are edible: http://localfoods.about.com/od/edibleflowers/tp/edibleflowers.htm.
    Best,
    Lisa

  • http://www.jordanwinery.com Lisa

    Sounds delightfully delicious. Thanks for commenting and sharing the recipe!