Seasonal Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Total Time:
30 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons red wine or sherry vinegar, or a combination
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • Salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pepper
  • 6 large handfuls salad greens, about 3/4 pound
  • Measure the vinegar into a small bowl. Crush the garlic clove and add it to the vinegar, along with 1/2 teaspoon salt. After 10 minutes or so, whisk in the olive oil and a little freshly milled pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Make the vinaigrette no more than a couple of hours before serving.

  • Pick over the salad greens, discarding any tough outer leaves, or any that are wilted or blemished. (If you are using young head lettuces, trim the root ends with a sharp paring knife to free the leaves.) Fill a large basin with cold water and gently submerge the greens, allowing sand and grit to sink to the bottom. Lift the lettuces from the water and drain them in a colander, then dry them in a salad spinner. Wrap the leaves in clean cotton toweling and refrigerater in an airtight container.

  • To serve, put the greens in a wide salad bowl and season with a small pinch of salt. Remove the garlic clove, whisk the vinaigrette, toss the greens lightly with just enough dressing to make the leaves glisten. (Your hands make the best salad-tossing tools.) Serve immediately with garlic toast or croutons.

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