07 July 2010

Sweet and Simple


I have been enjoying a number of delicious salads recently, all of them centered on a fantastic foursome of summery ingredients.  It started off as an appetizer: arugula tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, with creamy avocado, perfectly-ripe summer strawberries, and fresh mozzarella, sprinkled with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper.

You don't need to do anything complicated to treat your senses.

But then I couldn't help myself.  The next day I took the same four ingredients and added chopped cabbage and lettuce, thinly-sliced celery, and fresh corn shaved from the cob.  That was pretty good too.  What a salad!

Lemon Vinaigrette

1/4 cup lemon juice (or more, to taste)
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1 Tbs. water
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Place all ingredients in a glass jar and seal shut.  Shake well until emulsified.  Store refrigerated up to 1 week.

Recommended Salad Ingredients
Romaine and red-leaf lettuce
celery, thinly sliced
fresh corn, shaved from the cob (raw)
sliced strawberries
avocado, large dice
fresh mozarella, cubed


Annalumor said...

Oh Erica, what a lovely salad, I love when food look that good. For me the pleasure starts with the look. Great combination strawberries and avocado. Thank you for commenting in my new site. You are my first. Yurruuuul. Have a beautiful weekend.

Sara Johnson said...

Hi Erica,

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Thank you!

Sara Johnson

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