Warm Summer Vegetable Salad with Brown Butter Dressing

In this exquisitely simple recipe, Gabriel Rucker brilliantly riffs on the classic combination of radish, butter and salt by tossing wedges of crunchy radish in a warm dressing made with brown butter (instead of oil) and Spanish Moscatel vinegar (which is golden and slightly bittersweet).

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 small leeks or 16 baby leeks, white and tender green parts only, halved and washed
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 4 cups baby arugula (2 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Moscatel, white balsamic or late-harvest wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 16 small radishes, quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup small or torn mint leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the leeks, cover and simmer over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes (3 minutes for baby leeks). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the leeks to paper towels to drain. Cut the leeks lengthwise into long, thin strands.

  2. Add the beans to the saucepan. Cook until just tender, 4 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

  3. Put the arugula in a large bowl. In a large skillet, heat the butter and cook over moderately high heat until richly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the leeks, green beans, vinegar, red onion and radishes and toss until warmed. Spoon the vegetables and butter dressing over the arugula, toss well and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the salad on 4 plates, garnish with the mint leaves and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Anna Williams Published July 2007

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