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Forty Shades of Green Salad

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Serves four.

  • by Susie Middleton from Fine Cooking
    Issue 71

I named this light, refreshing salad after a famous song by Johnny Cash about Ireland. It’s a nice starter or side for spring menus.

For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Big pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 coarse grind of fresh pepper
For the salad:
  • 1 large head Boston lettuce, largest outer leaves and damaged leaves removed, washed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves (I like a mix of flat and curly)
  • 1 large (or 1-1/2 small) Belgian endive, damaged leaves removed, halved lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise (1/4 inch)
  • 2 to 3 scallions (white and light green part only), very thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 small ripe but firm avocado
Make the vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, combine all the vinaigrette ingredients and whisk until thoroughly emulsified (it will look creamy).

Make the salad:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lettuce, parsley, endive, and scallions. Gently toss the greens thoroughly with about 2 Tbs. of the vinaigrette. Mound the greens onto four salad plates (white looks nice), arranging any endive and parsley pieces that have fallen to the bottom of the bowl on top.

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Slide a large spoon between the skin and flesh to peel each half. Slice the avocado halves crosswise in very thin half-moons (1/8 inch thick).

With the flat side of a chef’s knife, transfer the avocado halves to the mixing bowl, fan them out slightly, drizzle over another 1 Tbs. of the vinaigrette, and gently toss just to coat the avocado, keeping the slices somewhat together. Arrange a little pile of avocado slices on one quarter of the salad, propped up against the mound of leaves. Drizzle the whole salad with a tiny bit more vinaigrette and serve right away.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 200; Fat (g): 17; Fat Calories (kcal): 150; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12; Carbohydrates (g): 12; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): 130; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 8;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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