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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Egg and Herb Salad

Egg and Herb Salad (no capers)

As I mentioned in my last post, I love Twitter for bringing me all kinds of recipe inspiration. Recently someone linked to a gorgeous set of salads posted in the New York Times I knew I would be making one if not all of them sooner or later. The simple choice was this egg salad because I keep all of the ingredients on hand at all times and I just so happened to have the arugula from a recent farmers market trip. This isn't the egg salad you grew up with. This is an egg salad suitable for adults and those with discriminating taste. It's so simple to prepare and the tangy, savory mix spread over a bed of fresh arugula versus sandwiched between two pieces of bread won't make you feel the need to run laps after. The recipe as written makes quite a bit of egg salad so for my second try of it, I added some capers which were not only pretty, but added a salty bite. This recipe is quick enough to make often and I probably will.

Egg and Herb Salad

Egg and Herb Salad
(Adapted from the New York Times)



Makes 2-3 servings

4 large eggs, hard-boiled and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (you can also use dill, tarragon, chervil or chives)
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons buttermilk (or low fat yogurt)
1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, grated
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
A few handfuls baby arugula, washed and dried

Combine the chopped eggs, herbs, celery and shallot in a large bowl, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with the egg mixture.

Line plates or a platter with arugula, top with the egg salad and serve.

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19 comments:

yutjangsah said...

I adore egg salad. And I adore capers. I'm naming my next dog capers and my cat will be called olive. Looks great!

Dawn said...

do I love a good egg salad. this is perfect! you find the best recipes girl.

Mary said...

I probably shouldn't admit this, but egg salad on good whole wheat bread is on of my favorite foods. Yours looks delicious.

scorpiowoman said...

I love egg salad. Yours look so yummy. Great photos :)

Sharon said...

I still haven't gotten into Twitter...probably should check it out one of these days! This salad looks stunning.

Jenn said...

Oh salad....how I need this right now. I do love egg salad so this one is right up my alley.

Diana said...

I am DEFINITELY making this egg salad. :) Maybe this weeekend! In my new apartment. In MY kitchen that nobody else gets to cook in.

Have I mentioned I love living alone??

Devon said...

Capers are fantastic and I am a big fan of the deli egg salad on wheat sandwich, but this does seem like a more sensible option.

Junglefrog said...

That is just what I need; a lovely egg salad recip without the need to run miles after...:) Looks delicious!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

What a gorgeous pic! I love egg salad but i just developed an egg allergy *sigh*, but if I could I would make this recipe in a heartbeat! I love twitter for providing so many ideas, it is amazing how many people helpfully respond to your questions =)

Maria said...

I love the herbs you used. Great photos too!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love egg salad - and I especially love the dill in this!

Sook said...

Mmm.. that looks so healthy and delicious. Yum!

Juliana said...

Egg salad...absolutely love it! Sometimes just fill my English muffins with it :-) The one that you made looks delicious!

Active Foodie said...

Yum! I love egg salad! It's the perfect snack, or lunch, for me to bring to work. I can't wait to try your version!'

Shannon said...

ooh, i'm a sucker for the traditional version (which i also haven't made in forever), but this sounds just delightful!

Juno said...

I really love cold eggs, stuffed eggs and egg salads but they have fallen a bit out of fashion, so thank you for this lovely-looking dish. Thank you too for visiting my blog. Juno

Foodycat said...

Oh wow! That is a gorgeous egg salad.

my spatula said...

i have a mad craving for egg salad today - so glad i found yours! it looks perfect.