Spring Entertaining: Pretty Easter Basket Salads

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A tisket. A tasket. A lovely salad in an Easter basket. Spring is perhaps the most ideal time for a fresh start. It’s a delicate point of transformation & new growth. It is, without a doubt, my very favorite time of the year. As you gather with friends & loved ones on Easter Sunday, celebrate over a bounty of crisp ideas. Baby blue eggs sit pretty atop a serving of mixed greens. Arrange in an edible Easter basket for a stunning presentation.

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makes 6 servings

Crispy Easter Baskets
Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp finely chopped toasted pecans
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp lemon zest
About 3-oz semi-soft blue cheese
2 cups baby mixed greens

Prepare the Crispy Easter Baskets & the Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette as directed. Set aside. Toss together the pecans, the parsley & the lemon zest in a small bowl. Portion 1/2 teaspoonfuls of the blue cheese. Gently toss around in the pecan mixture. Roll the cheese into miniature egg shapes. Fill the Crispy Easter Baskets with the baby mixed greens. Top with the blue cheese eggs. Nestle the handles between the lettuces. Place the baskets on serving plates. Drizzle with the Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette.

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makes 6 servings

Egg roll wrappers can be cut & formed into all sorts of shapes. Make these sweet baskets a day ahead of time.

7 egg roll wrappers
1 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush 6 egg roll wrappers with oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place wrappers oil side up in a 12-cup muffin tin, filling every other cup. Bake for 8 minutes or until just beginning to brown. Remove from the muffin tins. Invert the baskets & place on a baking sheet. Bake an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. 

Brush the remaining egg roll wrapper with oil. Cut 6 {1/2-inch} strips from the wrapper. Drape the strips around 1 1/4-inch pieces of foil on a baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the baskets & the handles completely.

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makes about 1/2 cup

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small garlic clove, pressed
1 Tbsp honey
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt & pepper.

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How To Make An Edible Basket
Stunning presentations need not be complicated & the key is to keep the idea & the ingredients simple. Easter basket salads make for a lovely presentation.

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Egg roll wrappers offer a variety of exciting options for serving all sorts of our favorite foods in a different way. Look for them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store produce department. Here’s what you should know.

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Cover the wrappers once the package has been opened. This will keep them from drying out. Place one wrapper at a time onto a cutting board. Brush it with oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper. Fit the wrapper into one of the muffin tin compartments. Fill every other space with a wrapper & drape the excess wrapper over the tin surface. This will result in the pretty folds once baked.

Place the baked baskets on a cooling rack to keep them crisp on the bottom. Invert the baskets & return to the oven to crisp the bottom. Store the baskets in an air tight container until ready to serve.

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Position the pieces of foil on a baking sheet. Wrap the egg roll wrapper strips around the foil to bake. They will move & change a touch as they bake so do not be alarmed. Loosely nestle the handles between the mixed greens to complete the look. 

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The handles can be omitted, if desired, & the salad becomes a birds nest filled with eggs. 

The eggs can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Place on a parchment paper-lined plate, cover & chill.

To serve the salads, push a bit of the greens into the bottom of the basket. Add a few smaller, airer lettuces on top for a softer, looser presentation. Perch the eggs over the top & drizzle with the dressing.

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