A Sarcastic Appetite

A Simple Salad
August 31, 2009, 10:11 pm
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I used to make a salad every night for dinner. Every night. The dressing, too, not that it means much; it’s quite easy and worth the effort. But two years of the same salad can make you go all queasy inside, and so for awhile I was salad-less and staunchly on the wagon. (Not that wagon, of course.) Instead, I looked for other ways to get vegetables into our meals – sauteing greens, or roasting veggies in the oven while whatever meat cooked, or relying on the age-old stir fry for my dose of vitamin B.

But sometimes you just need a salad, and so it was the other day for me. It was hot out, I was tired, and I wanted something fresh and, well, cleansing. Ok, ok, fine, and I may or may not have over-indulged the previous evening on a beverage or several of fermented grape juice.  Regardless, I came across a little number on Orangette and was surprised by its switcheroo: the vinaigrette was made of lime juice, as opposed to the usual lemon. So deceptively simple – and so delicious. It was just the thing I needed. And now, it can be just the thing you need too.


Romaine Salad with Lime-Garlic Dressing

Adapted, ever so minimally, from Orangette. Serves 2-3.

juice of 2 limes

1/4 c. nice olive oil

1 clove of garlic, minced

lots of salt and pepper

1 head of romaine, chopped into strips

1 pint or so of cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 a small red onion, sliced paper thin

1 avocado, diced

1/2 hunk of nice feta, diced or crumbled into bits

To make the dressing, juice the limes in a large bowl and add the garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil and continue until blended. Taste – adjust as you see fit. Then throw in the rest of the ingredients and toss with the vinaigrette; serve (with or without fermented grape juice).

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