Roast asparagus and coddle egg yolk. (See Roasted Asparagus with Dill Coddle Egg Yolk Recipe)
Cook quinoa and set aside.
Prepare Pesto sauce.
Cook shrimp and set aside.
Wash and pat dry all fruits, vegetables and greens.
Red pepper, dice or cut into shapes.
Slice Hearts of Palm.
Once all of the ingredients have been prepared, it is easy to assemble on a dinner size plate. It is your choice to design a pattern for the ingredients or to cut them all up and toss together for a completely mixed salad.
If arranging, place the greens on the plate. Set the pesto-quinoa in the middle on top of the greens. Forming a circle around the greens add the endive leaves filled with the sliced beets, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes and hearts of palm and sprinkle with grated coddled egg yolks. Nestle the shrimp and Mandarin oranges on top of the quinoa. Either add the vinaigrette at serving time or have the vinaigrette available for self-service at the table.
Salad Serves 1. Multiply the recipe per person.
In a saucepan over medium heat, place the quinoa grains and two cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a tight lid. Lower the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 12 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Fluff the grains with a fork. Optional seasoning may be added at this stage by stirring in 1 teaspoon of pesto sauce. Remove from the stove and serve.
Additional options: Use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of stock with preferred flavor to complement your main dish.
Place the basil, nuts and garlic in a food processor and slowly pulsate until finely minced. Slowly add in the olive oil and pulse into a smooth mixture. Add the Parmesan cheese until combined but do not over mix. May be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
In a large pan over medium heat, place the shrimp and cover with water. Add the apple cider vinegar and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. Note: The water may or may not boil. When the shells of the shrimp turn pink and the shrimp rise to the surface, (3 to 5 minutes or so) remove from the hot water and immerse shrimp into a bowl of ice water. This will stop the shrimp from cooking.
What is important is to keep your eye on the shrimp’s color. Do not over cook or the shrimp will become rubbery in texture.
Remove the shells and devein the shrimp. Set aside.
Place all ingredients into a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Shake until all is blended together. Transfer to a closed-top serving container of your choice. Ingredients will settle and separate.
When ready to use shake and pour. Store at room temperature.
Serves 16 - Average serving is one tablespoon per person.
* See recipe for Oven Roasted Beets
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