Ordinarily, I can be found picking out all of the "goodies" from a salad, leaving a heap of healthy green lettuce behind. That is, until I tried this delicious salad, consisting of only lettuce and a simple, tangy vinaigrette.
When visiting France over the holidays, I was introduced to this simple and delicious concoction. It's been on the menu a lot since then and will be for a long time to come.
The ingredient list for the dressing calls for "soup spoons" as measurements. That's what our French grandma uses. It's basically a large tablespoon but as long as you keep the proportions similar to the ones below, it will be delicious.
1 package of washed baby romaine (you can use any leaf or mixed lettuce here, as well)
1 shallot, minced
1/2 soup spoon Dijon mustard
3 soup spoons white vinegar (they use "alcohol vinegar" in France but I can't find that here, so white works just fine)
1 1/2 soup spoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste
- Mince Shallot into the same bowl that you plan to use to serve the salad
- Add Dijon mustard; stir
- Whisk in vinegar, then olive oil
- Add salt and pepper to taste (do not skip this step; the seasoning is important!)
- Add lettuce to bowl and toss very well to incorporate dressing
Seriously, it's that easy.
I served the salad this particular night with a Spanish Frittata but it adds a refreshing balance to any brunch, lunch or dinner!