Picnic perfect: Bean sprout salad with apple vinaigrette

Yankee Chef logoBy Jim Bailey

This is a light meal that fits that “feel-good” category of recipes. And as for the apple vinaigrette? Let’s just say this will be the last vinaigrette recipe you will make. It’s beautifully tart and reminiscent of that ol’ Yankee charm, making this a keeper.

 Apple Vinaigrette:

Summertime picnic salad with apple vinaigrette.

Summertime picnic salad with apple vinaigrette.

1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Bean Sprout Salad:

1 (7-ounce) bag bean sprouts — about 4 cups
1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup diced water chestnuts

Begin by adding apple juice, water, vinegar, honey and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse on high for 10 seconds and keep it running. Slowly add the olive oil to the dressing until all ingredients are emulsified well; set aside.

Place 1 quart of water in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Gently add the bean sprouts and soften, stirring once, for 2 minutes. Strain well, transfer to a bowl; let cool to room temperature. When ready to serve, toss sprouts with garlic, chili powder, corn, apple, water chestnuts and Apple Vinaigrette Dressing.

Enough for 4 servings

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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at theyankeechef@aol.com.

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