Lots of my favorite things in one picture. 🙂




How to make a great salad

(AKA, what I had for lunch)

With all my cooking this week, my fridge is full of herbs, lettuce and good salad making things. So I decided—salad for lunch!

In Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, he has a handy “how to make a salad” chart. To make a good salad, he says, combine 3 (or more) of these ingredients:

  • Soft leaves (like butter lettuce)
  • Crunchy leaves (like romaine)
  • herbs
  • veggies
  • cheese
  • croutons/pine nuts/ crunch topping

Top with a lovely vinagrette (recipe coming)

So for lunch, I filled up a small bowl with butter lettuce, hearts of romaine, chives and cilantro (cut the chives, and put the cilantro leaves in whole), and shaved Parmesan. For the vinagrette, I used Alice Water’s recipe from The Art of Simple Food.

  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • sea or kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Place these ingredients in a small bowl and stir to dissolve the salt. Then add

  • 2-4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Whisking in with  small whisk or fork as you pour. Add EVOO until desired taste/consistency is reached (For me, that’s 2 tbsp.)

You can use any combination of herbs, lettuce, veggies, etc. that you want. But make it fun. This is easy and so much better than boring iceberg lettuce with bottled dressing. Try it some time!

New Year’s Eve Supper 2011