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Apple, Pear, Fennel Salad Towers

Stack delicately flavored apple, pear, and fennel slices with spicy watercress leaves; this vertical salad pleases the eyes and the taste buds.


2 Markon First Crop Golden Delicious Apples, sliced into rounds (skin on)
2 Markon First Crop Bartlett Pears, sliced into rounds (skin on)
1 Markon First Crop Fennel bulb, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup watercress


Alternate apples, pears, and fennel, stacking until 1-1 1/2 inch tall; repeat three more times for a total of four stacks. Insert watercress leaves randomly into layers; use remaining watercress on top of each stack. Serve with house dressing of your choice.


1 bunch Markon First Crop Asparagus, steamed

1/4 C Markon First Crop Basil

2 T Markon First Crop Chervil

2 T C Ready-Set-Serve Lemon Juice

2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

16 large shrimp, cleaned and threaded onto skewers to prevent curling

1 tsp. kosher salt

Olive oil + 2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic, for poaching

Edible petals and micro greens for garnish


Slice tips off asparagus and reserve. Add basil, chervil, one cup steamed asparagus stalks, lemon juice, zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, and oil to a food processor and blend until chunky.

Heat oil and garlic until just bubbling. Add shrimp skewers so that shrimp is fully submerged. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. When shrimp are almost cooked, add asparagus tips. Remove all with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.

To plate, arrange tips in a decorative manner. Place shrimp next to asparagus and ladle sauce on top of each one. Garnish with edible petals and micro greens.