I’ve been craving lighter foods as the weather heats up. I think it’s because I haven’t been drinking enough water. Obviously the hot weather doesn’t help to keep you hydrated but I’ve also been so busy that I have not been keeping up with my water intake. I can feel it and it doesn’t feel good. So I made a salad with lots of cucumbers. And also some asparagus and yellow squash. And pea sprouts and fresh shallot greens. A very refreshing salad using all of springs offerings.
Shallot greens are very delicate. I added some to my salad as is. They have a mild shallot and onion-y taste but grassier than green onion. They are also great in soup! Shallot greens can be hard to find but if you happen upon them definitely pick em up. I also used the shallot greens in my salad dressing. I made a shallot green avocado dressing. The avocado takes the place of any oil and also thickens up the dressing. This shallot greens dressing is a low calorie and vegan alternative to ranch or other heavy dressings. The recipe below makes enough for one large salad but it’s easy to scale up. I recommend eating it quickly however because the avocado will oxidize and turn any remaining dressing into a lovely murky green color. If you like a thinner dressing I’d dilute with a bit more water but I really like how it coats all the vegetables.
As for the salad itself it started out with a base of spring greens with some additional spinach. I tossed some yellow squash and asparagus with salt, pepper and a little apple cider vinegar and then roasted. You could leave the squash raw but I personally prefer them cooked. And then the cucumber! For some perspective on just how much cucumber I used – on the large salad pictured there is about 2/3 of an English cucumber. The cucumber was light enough that I was actually able to eat the entire salad as dinner. Without the cucumber I think the salad would’ve been bland; it added a much need extra crunch. I rounded the salad out with pea sprouts, some sliced shallot greens and a slice of good sourdough and a bowl of soup.