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Romaine Hearts with Lemon Vinaigrette & Shaved Parmesan


Serves six.

  • Make the menu:
    A Summertime Steak Dinner
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 72

The tangy lemon vinaigrette in this simple salad contrasts with the cool juiciness of the lettuce and the nutty saltiness of the shaved Parmigiano.

  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 small hearts of romaine or 3 heads of baby romaine
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

In a medium bowl, combine the shallot, lemon juice, sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt and then let the mixture sit for 15 min.

Meanwhile, cut off the root end of the romaine so that the leaves fall loose. Wash the leaves, spin them dry, and put them in a large bowl.

Slowly whisk the olive oil into the lemon juice mixture (you should have about 1/2 cup vinaigrette). Season with salt, if necessary, and a few grinds of pepper. (This vinaigrette can be made ahead; just whisk to recombine it before using. If you make it more than 2 hours ahead, cover, refrigerate, and bring it to room temperature before using.)

Toss the romaine with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the leaves on a large platter and sprinkle with the shaved Parmigiano.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings, Calories (kcal): 101, Fat (kcal): 10, Fat Calories (g): 90, Saturated Fat (g): 2, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7, Carbohydrates (mg): 2, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 155, Cholesterol (g): 2, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Ben Fink

I make this often. So light and refreshing as the other reviewer stated and great on any green salad. Must do the shaved Parmigiano for the full effect!

Nice, easy salad. I chopped up the romaine into smaller size -- too big to fit into the salad spinner and too awkward to mix ingredients.

So easy to make. Light. Refreshing. A crowd pleaser!

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