Simple Mizuna Salad
One of the best things about joining a CSA or frequenting your local farmers market is getting to enjoy all the vegetables that you may not typically purchase at your grocery store. This spring our CSA members have been receiving a lot of mizuna and Taylor and I are thrilled to introduce many of them to it for the first time. Mizuna is a brassica and is often used in lettuce mixes. However, we love it so much that we bundle it up in large bunches so folks can enjoy mizuna on its own. Mizuna can be used in similar ways that arugula is used. As a simple salad, tossed onto a hot pizza (where it’ll wilt down and become extremely tender) or even turned into a simple pesto. Where arugula has a slight peppery bite mizuna has a slight “mustardy” bite. It’s mellow but stands out enough that the green is extremely flavorful and does not need a lot of doctoring up. This salad that I’m sharing below is as simple as salads come but more delicious than anything I’ve had in a while. When you’re working with fresh produce I like to use the approach of “less is more.” This salad is a great recipe to turn to when you’ve got a bundle of fresh mizuna (or arugula for that matter) and a few other simple ingredients from the market.
Cheers to the fresh flavors of the season!
Simple Mizuna Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Serves: 2-4
- 1 large bunch of mizuna
- 2-3 radishes, very thinly sliced
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice + additional to taste
- flakey sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds, lightly toasted on the stovetop for a few minutes
- a few thin slices of fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)
- a few pinches of micro greens (optional)
- In a large bowl toss the mizuna with the radishes and drizzle in the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss well. Sprinkle the salad with a few healthy pinches of flakey sea salt, the toasted sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan (if using) and micor greens (if using). Serve immediately.
Notes*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary