Sunchokes With a Warm Butter Lemon Dressing

Sunchole salad with warm butter lemon dressing

I got some sunchokes at the Greenmarket on Saturday and while I love their crisp texture, I’m always a bit stumped as to what to do with them. Sunchokes (a.k.a. Jerusalem artichokes) are the root tubers that grow on a certain species of sunflower. They look a bit like knobby ginger but have a slightly sweet nutty flavor and crisp texture of jicama or water-chestnuts.

If they’re young and fresh, you can either cook them or eat them raw. If they’re older, they tend to get a little starchy so they’re best cooked. I lucked out and found some beautiful young’uns with smooth delicate skin on Saturday, so I decided to go with a raw preparation.

The dressing adds a nice richness that compliments the nuttiness of the sunchokes and walnuts while the mint pulls it back a bit keeping it relatively light and refreshing.

salad
4 small sunchokes peeled and sliced
1-2 Tbs candied walnuts crumbled
4-6 mint leaves sliced into thin ribbons

dressing
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 Tsp kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

garnish
Pecorino Romano shaved with a vegetable peeler

To make the dressing, melt the butter with lemon juice in the microwave until the butter is just melted. Whisk to combine and add the salt and pepper.

Toss the sunchokes, walnuts and mint with the dressing and top with Pecorino Romano. Serve immediately.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    What a great recipe for the sunchokes. The flavours lend themselves quite well here. The candied walnuts is perfect!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    What a great recipe for the sunchokes. The flavours lend themselves quite well here. The candied walnuts is perfect!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ We Are Never Full

    marc – i’m now catching up on some old posts of yours. drooool… this looks awesome. i need to buy myself some Jerusalem artichokes NOW and make this recipe.

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com We Are Never Full

    marc – i’m now catching up on some old posts of yours. drooool… this looks awesome. i need to buy myself some Jerusalem artichokes NOW and make this recipe.

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com/ katy

    we’re on similar sunchoke kicks! this looks so delicious — i’ve never made a butter salad dressing before, but i will have to try!!

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com katy

    we’re on similar sunchoke kicks! this looks so delicious — i’ve never made a butter salad dressing before, but i will have to try!!

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com/ katy

    oh, haha, i’m retarded. you’re apparently on a bigger sunchoke kick than me, because i just posted a second comment to the *wrong* sunchoke dish! i went to subscribe to your feed and i thought my original comment had gotten cancelled. :-) whoops! but i see this one went through after all!

  • http://www.sugarlaws.com katy

    oh, haha, i’m retarded. you’re apparently on a bigger sunchoke kick than me, because i just posted a second comment to the *wrong* sunchoke dish! i went to subscribe to your feed and i thought my original comment had gotten cancelled. :-) whoops! but i see this one went through after all!

  • http://www.parsnipsaplenty.com/ Lauren @ Parsnips Aplenty

    Someone just gave me about five pounds’ worth of sunchokes – I will definitely be trying this application, among others!

  • http://www.parsnipsaplenty.com/ Lauren @ Parsnips Aplenty

    Someone just gave me about five pounds’ worth of sunchokes – I will definitely be trying this application, among others!

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