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Salad Francais

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For the ravigote dressing
  Onion 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Capers 2 Tablespoon
  Dried tarragon leaves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  White wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Mayonnaise 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg white 1 , hard cooked and finely chopped
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Fresh asparagus 2 1⁄2 Pound
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Frozen artichoke hearts 10 Ounce (1 Package)
  Mussels 2 Pound
  Chicory 2 Ounce
  Pimiento strip 2
  Mushrooms 1⁄2 Pound, washed and sliced
  Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 3 Medium, washed and sliced

1) To make the ravigote dressing, in a small saucepan, add onion, parsley, capers, tarragon and white wine. Let the mixture boil before simmering down. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes or till the liquid has reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Let cool down for 10 minutes.
2) In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, egg white, lemon juice and wine mixture. Mix well and refrigerate covered.
3) Chop off the rough ends of the asparagus. Scrub and rinse the asparagus under cold running water. Scrape the skin and scales off the stalks.
4) Hold the asparagus stalks in a bunch and tie them together with a string. In a deep saucepan with boiling water filled to 1-inch depth, place the bunch upright.
5) Let the water come to a boil. Cover and let cook for about 15 minutes. If the lower parts of the stalks are easily penetrated with a fork, they are done. Drain and refrigerate the stalks.
6) In a large saucepan, cook the artichoke hearts as per its packet instructions. Drain and refrigerate. Do the above steps a day in advance.
7) In a large pot of boiling water, steam the mussels. Scrub them under cold, running water and throw away the half-opened mussels.
8) In a large skillet, add 3/4 cup boiling water. Cover the skillet and steam them for 3 minutes over medium flame. When the shells start opening, drain them. Discard the bad ones. Let the cooked mussels cool down to room temperature.

9) Spread Chicory over a large serving plate. In separate bunches, place the asparagus, artichoke hearts, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms and mussels.
10) Garnish the asparagus with pimiento strips. Sprinkle lemon juice over the mushrooms.
11) Serve the Ravigote Dressing on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 483 Calories from Fat 295

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 33 g50.4%

Saturated Fat 3.4 g17%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 68.5 mg22.8%

Sodium 1261.4 mg52.6%

Total Carbohydrates 22 g7.3%

Dietary Fiber 6.2 g24.8%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 26 g51.7%

Vitamin A 64% Vitamin C 75.8%

Calcium 14.1% Iron 62.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Salad Francais Recipe