(Updated November 2007) This is a recipe that was originally posted so long ago the photo is from my old camera, before I got a digital SLR, but don't let that stop you from trying this perfect salad. This is something I eat so often, and enjoy so much that I decided it was time for it to officially be added to Recipe Favorites.
Anyone who shops at Costco and likes salad has probably purchased their spring lettuce mix, a heaping tub of baby greens. My absolute favorite way to eat it is with this simple method of dressing the salad from my friend Mary. What's essential is the combination of lime with just the barest hint of red wine vinegar, combined with absolutely top quality olive oil. This is something I never get tired of eating.
Mary's Perfect Salad
Best quality olive oil, enough to cover greens
(I'd say about 1 T. for a large serving of salad. Be sure the olive oil says *Extra Virgin* and *First Cold Pressed* on the label if you want the best flavor.)
Juice of 1/2 lime (you can use lemon, but the lime is really great)
About 4 drops of red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Toss greens with enough olive oil to barely coat lettuce. Squeeze lime juice over salad, sprinkle on red wine vinegar, toss again. Season with salt and fresh-ground pepper, then serve.
You can add all kinds of things to kick it up a notch like crumbled Gorgonzola, feta, or shaved Parmesan; olives, red peppers, artichoke hearts, or garbanzo beans; or toasted pine nuts or almonds.