Quick and Tasty Dinner – Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

This entry was posted on Jun 5, 2014 by Charlotte Bell.
romaine salad

Fresh Red Romaine

Romaine Salad with Chives, Pecans, Chevre and Chive Blossoms

I’ve been eating garden lettuce for several weeks now. My Romaine is not quite as big as what you’ll find in grocery stores, but it’s so tender and fresh. I’ve been enjoying this lively salad for the past few days. It’s especially fun to make this salad at the moment because my backyard chives are in bloom and the blossoms make a delicate and pretty addition to the greens. Of course, store-bought fresh, organic Romaine hearts will make a tasty salad if you don’t grow your own.

This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison:


1 crushed garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon salt

zest of one lemon

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

6 tablespoons olive oil

romaine salad

1 bunch Romaine hearts

1/2 cup roasted pecans

2 tablespoons of fresh chives

2 chive blossoms (optional)

4 oz. crumbled chevre

  1. Grind crushed garlic and salt together in a mortar. Transfer to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice and zest, Dijon mustard and olive oil to garlic mixture and whisk to combine.
  3. Tear Romaine leaves into bite-sized pieces. Toss with pecans. Crumble chevre and scatter over lettuce. Sprinkle on chives. If you have chive blossoms, cut the bottom off with a pair of scissors and scatter over the salad.
  4. Dress salad and enjoy!
About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.

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