How to Dress a Simple Salad

Gentle Readers, today will be a simple post, like the topic itself. When life gives you extremely fresh lettuce, make a basic vinaigrette. The Practical Cooks Junior have become urban farmers, and they are eating more salad than we can produce on our land. Thankfully we are supplementing with the CSA.

Beautiful lettuces all in a row at the Farmer's Market.

Beautiful lettuces all in a row at the Farmer's Market.

There is little that is more fun than eating what you’ve grown. If you’ve never tried, consider a box of lettuce on your deck. Even one salad down the hatch of one’s offspring makes it worthwhile. But I digress.

Simple Salad with Basic Vinaigrette

Simple Salad with Basic Vinaigrette

Basic Vinaigrette for Very Very Fresh Lettuce

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white Balsamic vinegar
small pinch of salt
small pinch of sugar
2 or 3 teaspoons of olive oil
1 scallion, sliced thin

Mix the mustard, vinegar, salt and sugar till the salt and sugar dissolve. Stir in the oil and whisk until the dressing thickens. Stir in the scallion. Dress the lettuce. Do be sure to cut it and wash it first. There is such a thing as too fresh.

The Lettuce Harvest!

The Lettuce Harvest!

Top with quartered grape tomatoes if you so choose.

Welcome to springtime. Do you love salad? Shout out in the comments section below. This request sometimes feels like the EULA, important but unread. 🙂 Feel free to Tweet at me as well, I am listening.

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