Leeks Vinaigrette With Chopped Egg

November 21, 2018

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Leeks Vinaigrette With Chopped Egg

Leeks and eggs and garlic are the main ingredients in this recipe from David Tanis Market Cooking, and all are abundant at the market these days. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving side dish that’s savory and not standard fare on this holiday, this one might appeal to you.

The Recipe

Yield: four servings


  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 medium leeks (about 4 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, roughly chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer. Meanwhile, trim the roots from the leeks and peel away any tough outer layers. Trim the tops but leave the tender green parts. With a paring knife, make a lengthwise slit halfway down each leek. Soak the leeks in a large bowl of lukewarm water, swishing to dislodge sand. Let stand briefly, then lift from the water and drain. Repeat once more with fresh water, then lift out and drain.
  2. Add the leeks to the pot and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. The thickest part should be tender when probed with a paring knife. Transfer the leeks to a bowl of cold water. Drain and blot dry on a kitchen towel, and leave at room temperature.
  3. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Arrange the leeks on a serving platter or individual plates. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then spoon the vinaigrette evenly over the leeks. Top with the chopped egg.

This locally inspired recipe is brought to you by Pam Walker. Pam is an avid home cook, writer, and local farm and food activist who is also a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. Thank you, Pam, for helping inspire us to use locally sourced ingredients!