Saturday, November 17, 2007

Recipe Favorites: Mary's Perfect Salad Dressing for Spring Salad Mix

Perfect Salad with Spring Lettuce Mix(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
(one serving)
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.

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  1. Wow--looks deliciously simple!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Robin told me to come look at this site. Your recipes look great. I am especially excited to use that cheese zuchinni recipe with my kids, they won't eat it right now. So, we'll try that.

  3. Thanks for this recipe! I love making my own dressings. After you get used to making your own, it's hard to bring yourself to buy store dressings, huh?

    Have a great weekend!

  4. I love simply dressed salads such as this. But I could never get the acid part right. Now I know I was using too much vinegar. Thanks for that!

  5. Yum! I live on that organic greens bin from costco--helps with my "4 cups a day of veggies" goal! I usually just use some (admittedly sodium-filled) bottled caesar dressing on my salad, but I must try this recipe--I do love simple oil dressings. Thanks for the recipe Kalyn!

  6. You are right! It is perfect!!! Had it two night in a row...delicious!

  7. Richelle, thanks for the feedback. Isn't it interesting how something so simple can taste so good?

  8. Kalyn,
    Thant is very good recipe, I never thought of mixing lemon juice and vinegar, I usually use olive oil, rainbow pepper and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for all kind of leaves.

  9. So simple, you'd still get the great flavor from the greens with just a little perk!

  10. Kalyn, I'd leave the salad "as is"...let the olive oil and vinegar take center stage.

  11. Does best quality mean better than the Costco extra virgin oil? There's some pretty darn expensive olive oil out there...
    I love simple salads, but I'm not sure vinegar would let me cheat on it like this with citrus - we're having a love affair, you know. :)

  12. Debbie, I think the Costco extra virgin olive oil is pretty good. It's a personal preference partly on how strongly-flavored oil you prefer. I'd say just make sure you pick an oil you like the flavor of. (And I will never tell vinegar if you have a little fling with lime. Try it!)

  13. Do you have a recipe for this because i wanted to make some up and but in a jar? If so can you email it to me at

  14. Kai, this isn't a dressing you can make ahead and put in a jar. What makes it so good for this type of lettuce is the way the lettuce is coated with olive oil, then very lightly dressed with the vinegar and lime juice.

  15. So glad you put this link in with today's Phase One salmon recipe! I made it for my lunch salad and was amazed how good it is.


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