Everyday Dinner Salad

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This simple dinner salad is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. It’s chocked full of herbs which pack a lot of extra flavor into each bite. You could use almost any vinaigrette with this salad. Today I’m sharing a very simple French inspired lemon vinaigrette with dijon mustard, shallot and cornichons.

Serves 4

For the salad: 

1 head of red or green leaf lettuce

1 small bunch of chives

2 sprigs of dill

2 sprigs of tarragon

2 sprigs of parsley

1 radish any variety

For the dressing:

1tsp dijon mustard

1 small shallot

1tsp capers

1 cornichon

3 tbs lemon juice

1/4c olive oil

 Directions: Wash lettuce and herbs and dry in a salad spinner or on dish towels. I’m a big fan of washing all produce as soon as I get home from the market. It’s a huge time saver when you need to throw dinner together quickly.

Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl. Pick just the nicest leaves of tarragon, parsley and dill and toss them in the bowl as well, no need to chop them. Do chop the chives, however you like; long batons, or chopped finely.  Thinly shave your radish on a mandolin. If using a watermelon radish be sure to peel it, breakfast radishes do not have to be peeled, just washed very well.

Lastly, sprinkle your salad with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and go on to making the vinaigrette.

This vinaigrette, like most, will last forever in the refrigerator so feel free to double or triple the recipe so that you have it available whenever you need it.

In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and dijon mustard. Finely chop your shallot, cornichon and capers together and add them to the lemon and dijon. Whisk the mixture while slowly streaming in the olive oil to emulsify your dressing together.

Toss your salad with the dressing and be sure to taste it before serving. It will likely need a bit of salt. Always taste and season! Let me know in the comments below what you paired this salad with! Roast Chicken? A juicy steak? The possibilities are endless, enjoy!

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