Prep time: 10 Minutes prep time
Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish, and multiplies easily
This is the fresh relief every Thanksgiving menu needs. Greens, both tart and mild, with a few craisins and the simplest and most classic of dressings — solely good tasting oil and vinegar with some salt and pepper. Let all the other dishes on the table cry "Taste all my flavors!" This salad stands serene and elegant in its simplicity.
As to the dressing, there’s no need to mess another bowl making the dressing; do it right over the salad. Trust yourself. Your eyes and your taste won't fail you. Begin with a little oil, barely coating the leaves, then taste your way forward.
Some inspired blends of greens are mild Bibb with baby spinach, curly endive with leaf lettuce, and the luxe winter splurge of Belgian endive with meaty yet delicate mache.
Cook to Cook: Kosher and other coarse salts bring an accent and a crunch to salads that fine-ground salt cannot equal.Skip flavored oils and vinegars. Most are second-rate. It is much better to add fresh flavorings to the greens.
Part of Lynne's Americana Thanksgiving
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