Green Salad with Lazy Vinaigrette
1 large head of green leaf lettuce
1 english cucumber
2 c. of heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/2 a red onion
good olive oil
white balsamic vinegar
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Clean your lettuce and tear into bite-sized pieces in a large bowl, about twice the size of the lettuce. Slice the cucumber into half moons and toss into the bowl. Halve the tomatoes and add to the lettuce. Slice the onion into thin, half rings and add to the bowl.
Now for the fun part – drizzle the olive oil around the inner wall of the bowl (as opposed to directly on the lettuce) in three quick circular motions around the bowl. Like you are drawing an oil perimeter around the outside of the lettuce. Now do the same with the vinegar, but this time only do two trips around the bowl. Throw in a good pinch of coarse salt and grind 4-5 shakes of pepper into the bowl. And for the secret ingredient, a small pinch of sugar. Toss well and taste a leaf of lettuce – it should be bright with the taste of acid, a little salty and a little sweet. Adjust your seasonings and serve immediately.