Thursday, January 3, 2008

Mixed lettuce salad with Vanilla Balsamic Vinegratte

This salad consists of four varieties of lettuce (mache, arugula, frizze, watercress). The lettuce has to be individually washed and spin dried to remove all the water. Keep the mixed lettuce aside. Now it is time to prepare the dressing, the ratio that needs to be followed is 1 part Balsamic Vinegar, 3 parts oil, vanilla essence or fresh vanilla beans (use two beans for each part vinegar), ½ tsp sugar, salt and white pepper to taste.
Now first add the oil and balsamic vinegar and blend it, add the vanilla essence/beans, and finally add salt, sugar, white pepper and blend it, until it coats the surface of the spoon. In a mixing bowl, place the mixed lettuce and add the dressing according to the quantity of the lettuce. The dressing should be just enough to coat the lettuce.
Serve with candied walnuts (walnuts, 1cup sugar, 1 egg white, roasted in a preheated oven), strawberry halves and crumbled blue cheese.

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