Monday, March 28, 2011

Everyday Green Salad with Everyday Salad Dressing

Greens including arugula, watercress, romaine, butter, leaf, or a mix
I usually count on a good-sized handful per person.
Treats might include pine nuts, raisins, avocado, grapefruit, apples, pears, artichoke hearts, green onions, herbs. I don’t add more than two or three to keep it simple.
Everyday Salad Dressing, see recipe below

1. Wash the lettuce if necessary. Spin dry in a salad spinner if you have one or dry with paper towels.
2. Place in a salad bowl. If you are doing this ahead of time, put a damp paper towel over the top of the lettuce and place the bowl in the refrigerator.
3. Just before serving, add any of the treats and the salad dressing. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Makes as much as you desire
My own devising, but not original to me

Everyday Salad Dressing

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or vinegar such as sherry, balsamic, red or white wine
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small shallot or 1 garlic clove, finely minced, optional

1. Mix everything together in a bowl and whisk with a fork until it combines. Taste to make sure the balance is to your liking.
2. Pour over the salad just before serving. If you have any dressing leftover, store in clean glass jar in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.

Makes about ½ cup
My own devising, but not original to me

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