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Nage's clementine salad

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Nage’s clementine salad
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Five-spice dressing

1

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves, peppercorns and star anise on a sheet pan and toast until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

2

In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the spices with the clementine zest, red wine vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil over low heat, then remove from heat. Strain the vinegar into a medium mixing bowl, discarding the spices.

3

Whisk in the shallot, thyme and salt. Slowly whisk in the vegetable and olive oils to emulsify and form the dressing. This makes about two-thirds cup dressing, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The dressing will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 4 days.

Salad

1

In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, shaved fennel, crystallized ginger, cashews, clementine segments and dressing, gently tossing to mix. This makes about 8 cups salad. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Nage Restaurant in Washington, D.C. Sichuan peppercorns, star anise and candied ginger are available at cooking and select gourmet stores, as well as online. For this salad, the restaurant calls for one head each of red petite oak, green petite gem and red petite tango lettuces; we substituted a romaine mix.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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