When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in the French countryside, we often had artichoke vinaigrette for dinner. I used to think it was so much fun to detach the leaves of the artichoke and dip them in the vinaigrette! Plus, it was extra special to get to the fuzzy center of the artichoke, remove it, and enjoy the special treat of eating the heart underneath. Artichoke vinaigrette is healthy, super easy to make, and fun!
This is a super easy recipe. Just cook the artichoke, and make the vinaigrette! I personally like to steam the artichoke in a food steamer.
Cut off the stem. Rinse the artichoke in running cold water. Place the artichoke in the food steamer and steam it for 45 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, the vinegar and the mustard.
Eat the artichoke hot. Pull off the outer leaves, one at a time. Dip the white fleshy end in the vinaigrette. Place dipped end in your mouth, and pull through your teeth to remove fleshy end (which is the part that you eat). Discard the rest of the leaf. Continue until all the leaves are removed. When you get to the inner leaves with the purple tips, you can remove them all at once. With a knife, scrape out the inedible fuzzy part covering the heart. Cut the heart into pieces, dip in the vinaigrette, and enjoy!