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Throwback Tuesday: French Lemon Tarragon Vinagrette

Tart Lemons and Spicy Mamas

I think it’s apropos that this Tuesday following Mother’s Day (aka Dia des Las Madres), the recipe is one of my all time faves that my own resplendent mama taught me. She’s pretty majestic, and given that one day isn’t enough to honor her awesomeness, I’m extending the party to this Tuesday. My tartness is all earned honestly, but I can’t say that I didn’t get any encouragement growing up in a house with some of the sassiest fucking people to ever walk the earth. A sass factory if you will, and I was sentenced to work early on in the game. This original recipe was one of the early ones on Adesina’s Kitchen, and though it’s a clutch go-to every time I need a vinaigrette, the old picture did not sell this salad’s infinite awesomeness. I knew I had to go back and give it the glory that it deserved. Bibb lettuce. Check. Crispier croutons. Check. Snipped tarragon and chives. Check and motherfuckin’ check.

This past Sunday, we all got to honor our mamas, but if you grew up with a mom who’s wit was sharper than her knives and she managed to make you pee your pants with laughter well past diapers, give her a shoutout this Tuesday. She deserves all the goodness you can give her. And if you want to give a shoutout in salad form, leave your link below. Mama did always say to eat your greenery and I am not one to argue. I’ve left you with a few of my faves as well in case you need a little inspiration ;)

Bibb Lettuce Salad with French Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette and Homemade Croutons

It’s the little things that make this salad a stunner – the bite of good dijon and sharp garlic, the peppery spice of tarragon and the still warm croutons gilding the tender leaves of butter lettuce. It’s fucking magical.

Summer Salad of Fingerling Potatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes and Haricot Verts

My go-to summer salad, the basil lemon dressing kicks the ass of any mayo-laden potato salad wannabe.

Arugula Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette © Photo by Angela Gunder

Arugula Salad with Truffle Vinaigrette

This salad for trust-fund babies leverages still-warm croutons and white truffle oil to make you feel like a million bucks.

Mixed Greens with Clementines and Pecans

Sweet, tart clementines are paired with spicy frisee lettuce, salty ricotta salata and crunchy pecans for a sensory explosion.  The good kind.

Get Your Green On

Have a seductive salad recipe that you want to share with us ravenous folk? Post it here posthaste!

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