Raw Artichoke Salad with Parmesan and Mint
In this simple salad, pleasantly bitter baby artichoke hearts, thinly sliced with a mandolin, are paired with fresh mint and nutty Parmesan. We published this recipe online to accompany David Plotnikoff's article about artichokes, "Tender at Heart" (March 2009).
Enlarge Image Credit: André BaranowskiSERVES 4
INGREDIENTS2 lbs. baby artichokes (about 20)
2 lemons, halved
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup baby arugula
1/4 cup torn mint leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 oz. parmesan, shaved thin with a peeler
INSTRUCTIONS1. Trim away tough outer leaves of the artichokes to expose their tender pale green interior. Using a serrated-blade knife, cut off the spiky top third of the artichokes. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the tough outer layers around the base and stem. Squeeze 1 lemon into a bowl filled with cold water and submerge artichokes in the water.
2. Drain artichokes and pat dry with paper towels. Using a mandoline or a chef's knife, cut the artichokes into thin slices and transfer to medium bowl. Squeeze remaining lemon and the oil over the artichokes; toss to coat. Add arugula and mint and season with salt and pepper; toss gently. Garnish salad with parmesan shavings.