Emeril's Salad

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole sun-dried tomatoes, not packed in oil
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 1/2 cups cubed white bread, crusts removed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 12 cups loosely packed assorted baby greens
  • 3/4 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons alfalfa or broccoli sprouts
Directions

Place tomatoes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for 2 minutes, or until plumped and tender. Remove saucepan from the heat and drain off the water. Heat the 3/4 cup olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and garlic in a separate small saucepan, just until warmed through. Pour warm oil and herbs over the drained tomatoes. Cool and place tomatoes, oil, and herbs in a non-reactive container, in the refrigerator until ready to use. These will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place bread cubes in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil, tossing to coat. Season croutons generously with Essence and toss to coat. Place croutons on a small baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until croutons are completely crisp. Cool completely.

To assemble the salads, place lettuce and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Remove several tomatoes from the oil and julienne about 6 tablespoonfuls. Add the tomatoes to the lettuce. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the lettuce, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Divide the salad equally among 6 salad plates. Place 4 to 5 croutons on each plate and top each salad with 1 tablespoon of the sprouts. Serve immediately.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.


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