Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lou's Most Excellent Salad Dressing I

This takes minutes and is pretty danged tasty on a weeknight.

A major mistake people make with salads is overdressing them (although one could argue that for a blue cheese that's never an issue). Here you just want to lightly dress it - the leaves should be covered enough. If you have residual dressing on the bottom of your tossing bowl you over dressed it, dipshit.

[Which I've been called many times....]

Four big handfuls of lettuce mix (mache, radicchio, frisee)
Five chopped Medjool dates OR 1/2 of a sliced ripe pear OR fennel OR all OR peach...
1 TBS macadamia nut oil
1/2 TSP honey
1/2 TSP balsamic vinegar
1 pressed garlic clove
Juice from 1/3 of lemon
Salt & pepper

Wash and dry lettuce in a salad spinner. In a big bowl add the oil, honey and vinegar together. Whisk until emulsified then add garlic. Toss in lettuce and gently mix until covered, then add lemon juice and lightly toss. Add a pinch of salt and about 4 cranks of ground pepper. Add dates and/or pear.

Top with slices of parmesan.

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