Soba Noodle Salad with Peas and Bacon

Serve this salad as a shareable appetizer or main course. The tender buckwheat pasta is tossed with sugar snap and English peas, salty bacon, silken tofu, and the “it” condiment, XO sauce.
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Ingredients:

12 oz. soba noodles, boiled
1 C English peas, steamed
2 C sugar snap peas, steamed
8 oz. thick-cut bacon, cooked
12 oz. block of silken tofu, steamed
3 T XO sauce
1/2 C Ready-Set-Serve Green Onions, chopped
Microgreens and edible flowers, to garnish

Instructions:

Lightly toss noodles with one teaspoon of XO sauce. Arrange in bowls and top with equal portions English peas, snap peas, bacon, and tofu. Drizzle two teaspoons XO sauce over tofu and garnish with green onions and microgreens.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.