Oh My Darlin’, Oh My Darlin’
I love this salad because it screams Springtime even though it’s made with ingredients that are delicious in the winter. When you are feeling that your menus are lugubrious with heavy stews and dull, overcooked madness, you should give this a try. From the crunch of pecans, tartness of juicy clementines, and a light rice wine vinegar dressing to wake it all up, you will swear that winter is long gone and warmer days are on the way.
Use the greens that look the freshest at the market when you go shopping – I like frisee and arugula together, because the bitterness is well-contrasted with the sweet bits of clementine. You can, though, use anything that you see that should be on your plate – mesclun, red leaf, radicchio and butter lettuce all work as well.
Mixed Greens with Clementines and Pecans
6 c. of arugula, loosely packed
2 c. of frisee, loosely packed
2 clementines, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/3 c. of chopped pecans
1/3 c. of crumbled ricotta salata
4 tbs. of olive oil
2 tbs. of rice wine vinegar
1 tbs. of dried tarragon
1/4 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. of black pepper
1 tbs. of shallots, finely chopped
Add greens, clementines, pecans and ricotta salata to a bowl. In a jar (or a plastic chinese soup container, like I use), shake together the oil, vinegar, tarragon, salt, pepper and shallots. Pour the dressing on the sides of the salad bowl (so as to not oversaturate the greens) and toss. Serve salad to people longing for a little sunshine.