Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mimosa Salad

This simple salad and its creamy dressing are among our summer (and winter) favorites!
Mimosa Salad:
To Prepare the Salad:
1 head butter lettuce (Boston Bibb lettuce)
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley, as garnish
1 hard-cooked egg, grated as garnish
Tear lettuce into pieces slightly larger than bite-sized. Toss with a small amount of prepared dressing. Top with parsley and grated egg. 
To Prepare Mimosa Dressing:
1 medium egg yolk
1 tsp. very finely chopped onion (no more than this!)
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
½ tsp. dry mustard
¾ tsp. salt
2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1-½ tbsp. finely chopped parsley
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Place a damp cloth under mixing bowl to stop slippage. Using a wire whisk or hand blender, whip egg yolk until frothy. Add onion, vinegar, pepper, dry mustard, and salt, continuing to whisk or hand-blend after each addition. Still whisking/blending slowly, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Dressing will start to thicken and will be light colored. Add chopped parsley and garlic powder, whisking as you go. Decant from bowl into covered jar or dressing dispenser to use in this recipe. Makes about 2-½ cups.

Choose freshly picked butter lettuce

Add finely chopped parsley

Grate a hard-cooked egg; set aside

Start with one egg to prepare dressing

Whisk together with seasonings (Note: I ran out of red 
wine vinegar and used white. Red is far superior)

Add olive oil slowly, until mixture thickens

Decant into clean jar. Seal, label, and refrigerate.
Toss salad with dressing, sprinkle with egg, and serve

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