Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from The Exchange in downtown Los Angeles. California meets Israel at this vegetable-forward restaurant and bar. Chef Alex Chang makes a delicious Spring pea salad with a tart tomatillo-based pipian sauce that’s made with pistachios.
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The Exchange’s Spring Pea Salad with Pistachio Pipian
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Spring Pea Salad with Pistachio Pipian:
12 ounces sugar snap peas, tough strings removed
2 cups shelled fresh peas (12 ounces) or thawed frozen peas
2 cups pea shoots (1 ½ ounces)
¼ cup mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pistachio Pipian Dressing (recipe follows)
½ cup shelled, roasted and salted pistachios, roughly chopped
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Submerge the snap peas and shelled peas in the boiling water. Return to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Drain, then immediately transfer to the ice water. Let cool for 2 minutes, then drain again. Pat the peas dry with paper towels.
Thinly slice the snap peas at an angle and toss them in a large bowl with the shelled peas, pea shoots, mint, lime juice, olive oil and one-half teaspoon salt until evenly coated.
Spread the pipian dressing on a serving platter, mound the salad on top, and sprinkle with the pistachios.
Pistachio Pipian Dressing:
3 tomatillos (about 6 ounces), husked and rinsed
3 small yellow onions, peeled and root ends trimmed but left whole
3 serrano chiles, stemmed
6 tarragon sprigs
¼ cup shelled, roasted and salted pistachios
1 cup packed spinach leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Make the pipian: Place the tomatillos, onions, chiles, tarragon and pistachios in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the onions are tender but don’t yield completely when pierced with a fork, 25 to 30 minutes.
Reserve a quarter cup of the cooking water, then drain and transfer the solids to a blender. Add the spinach and salt and blend until smooth, adding cooking water by the tablespoon to loosen, if necessary. The sauce should be quite thick. Stir in the lime juice, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Source: LA Times
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