Nettles—wild greens often sold at farmers’ markets—have a deep, earthy flavor. Because raw nettles can irritate bare skin, handle them with gloves; once cooked, they lose their sting. The salsa is also delicious over pasta.
Slideshow:Cooking with Wild Ingredients
5 ounces nettles or baby spinach
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
Prepare an ice bath. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch the nettles until tender, 2 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the nettles to the ice bath. Drain and squeeze dry, then chop.
In a food processor, combine the nettles, shallot, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice and puree to a paste. Add the olive oil and puree until nearly smooth. Season with salt and pepper and scrape the salsa into a bowl.
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