Salads make fast and easy one-plate meals.
One of my favorite farmers’ market finds is organic butter lettuce. When I shop at farmer’s markets, I don't always know what I'm going to do with the fruits and veggies I bring home until there’s time to think about it around dinner time.
One of my favorite cookbooks includes one-plate salad meals and pairings of produce with dressings by well-known chef, Joyce Goldstein, called “Mediterranean Fresh.” She gave me permission to share some of her recipes on this site.
To go with my fresh butter lettuces, I chose a mustardy vinaigrette which was used to marinate warm toasted walnuts chunks straight out of the oven and to dress the lettuce. The addition of farm-fresh cucumber rounded out this excellent salad.
Note: To make sure the lettuce is dry, I pull the string on the salad spinner at least 10 times. You would be surprised how much water you still get after 5 spins.