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Poireaux En Salade (Leeks Vinaigrette)
From: Celtic

Simple salad or side dish when leeks are in season. Recipe is from the kitchens of the Hotel Roche Corneille, Dinard, France.

SERVES 4

  • 12 leeks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons vinegar, your choice
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, fresh ground, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Clean the leeks; cut off most of the green parts and wash leeks very thoroughly, split if necessary, under cold running water. If they are large, do split them lengthwise; each piece should be about the size of a large stalk of asparagus.

Tie them into bundles in two places, put them in boiling salted water just to cover, and cook them slowly for 25 minutes, or until they are tender but not limp.

Drain them well.

The leeks may be presented in a serving dish or arranged on individual plates.

Make your vinaigrette in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, and whisk the dressing well until it is almost opaque, or emulsified, and pour it over the leeks.