Ramps in Walnut Vinaigrette with Orange Zest

Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a first course
    • Difficulty


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Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini

By Elizabeth Schneider

Published 2001

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Wildly aromatic when raw, these slim leeks turn sweet and mild when tamed by blanching. Sherry vinegar adds just the right note, but wine vinegar with a touch of balsamic works too. Figure on about 9 to 12 ramps per serving for a nice presentation.


  • 3 to 4 dozen ramps (about 1 pound, depending upon size)
  • tablespoons she


  1. If ramps are clean, just trim off roots and rinse well. If not so clean, slip off first layer of skin from bulbs, then trim roots. Remove wilted leaves, if any. Rinse ramps in several changes of water, swishing vigorously. Cut leaves apart from stems where they begin to branch, leaving most red stem on bulbs.
  2. Place bulbs in a skillet of boiling salted water. Si