Salade Verte

Fresh Green Salad with Vinaigrette

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Appears in

The Cuisine of the Sun

By Mireille Johnston

Published 1990

  • About

You can choose from a variety of cultivated greens, such as:

Ingredients

  • arugula (also called rocket or roquette)
  • Bibb lettuce
  • Boston lettuce
  • chicory
  • endive
  • escarole
  • fennel
  • leaf lettuce
  • romaine
  • watercress

    or wild or semi-wild greens, such as:

  • dandelion leaves
  • field lettuce, or lamb’s tongue
  • purslane

Method

Always follow the same process in preparing the greens: Remove any wilted leaves; wash and dry the greens carefully; break into pieces with your hands; put leaves between kitchen towels and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prepare Vinaigrette. Put the greens in a large glass, china, or earthenware bowl, add vinaigrette, and toss with your hands. Add Chapons and serve.

Variations

Salade de Noël, to accompany the Christmas turkey, is made with the tenderest celery leaves and the thick lower part of the stalks a few fresh truffles, anchovy fillets, and seasoned with newly pressed olive oil.

Salade de Pâques, to accompany the Easter leg of lamb, consists of crisp Boston lettuce seasoned with vinaigrette and garnished with hard-boiled eggs quartered lengthwise.

Salade mesclun (from the Niçois mescla, to mix) is a strong, bitter, invigorating salad made with dandelion, arugula, field lettuce, purslane, and watercress seasoned with vinaigrette and garnished with garlicky chapons.

Lastly, you can, of course, prepare endless variations of salades composées (mixed greens) using such combinations as endives and fennel bulbs or watercress, or endive and Boston lettuce—all seasoned with vinaigrette.