Simple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
15 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 bags ready to use mesclun greens
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette, recipe follows
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, halved and thinly sliced
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
Directions

Toss the greens, salt and pepper together with just enough vinaigrette to coat, about 1/2 cup. Place them in a decorative bowl and top with the grape tomatoes and bell pepper. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Put the shallot and basil into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until the shallot is finely chopped. Add the balsamic, sugar, salt and pepper and pulse again. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Pour the vinaigrette into a small bowl and serve.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups


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