Chives and Lettuces

Garden’s greens…just starting and going strong!

Herbs are what cooks reach for when a plate needs a pop of green, but using them often opens up many vibrant possibilities.

When spring rolls around and the craving for something zingy and green hits, chives get all the glory!chives.jpg

Fresh spring herbs are easily overlooked because, yes, we want fresh basil in abundance to make that pesto. But wait—don’t rush the season—enjoy each and every tasty step along the way.

Now’s the time for tender, melt in your mouth lettuces and assertive chives that easily transition from garnish to flavoring.

Chef’s Notes from Bev

violets photo.jpgWhat goes with what? Chives pair beautifully with potatoes, burgers and fish!

When you feature fresh herbs in a dish, the aroma brings a sense of garden into your kitchen. The perfect season for soft herbs such as chives and tarragon and fresh crisp lettuces is right now!

Ready to get going? Here is an herb-centric recipe designed to be assertive but balanced. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pop a few edible flowers on the plate as well.

Light and bright, fresh spring herbs should leave you wanting more…

 

Toasted Pita and Herb Salad

Shards of toasted pita yield just a touch of their crunchy edge when they meet the lemony dressing in this salad. Loaded with fresh herbs and crisp lettuce, this salad ups the ante for crouton lovers everywhere.

One 6-inch whole wheat pita bread with pocket

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (use your Microplane!)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ large head romaine lettuce, leaves torn into bite size pieces (about 5 cups lightly packed)

½ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh chives

¼ cup chopped fresh mint

½ large cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced into half moons

½ pint grape tomatoes, cut in half

Heat oven to 375F. Split the pita into 2 rounds and toast on a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Allow the pita to cool and break into bite size pieces. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Add the oil and whisk to incorporate.

Toss the lettuce, parsley, chives, mint, cucumber and tomatoes together in a large serving bowl. Just before serving, add the pita and dressing to the salad. Toss well to coat and serve. Serves 4.

Enjoy!