Mix-and-Match salad with red wine vinaigrette

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Mix-and-Match salad with red wine vinaigrette

Ensuring patient safety is a front-and-center issue in health care. There are many different initiatives addressing all aspects of the care people receive in hospitals. An important component of the program is making sure there is absolute clarity of communication about prescribed medications and dosages. In the past, we used "cc" as an abbreviation for cubic centimeters, a measure of volume (for example, "Please give 500cc of normal saline intravenously"). However, cc when handwritten can look like additional zeroes and cause a real problem. We used to write "5.0 mg" when we meant 5 milligrams. Imagine the potential consequence of not seeing the period and thinking the order was for 50 milligrams. We no longer use trailing zeroes.

The recipe of the week e-mails take a team of people to produce. The double-check system in place failed to catch the error some of you probably noticed in the chilled cucumber soup recipe from July 5. A corrected version was e-mailed to the over 10,500 subscribers. I hope not too many people wasted good ingredients because of the error. We will be looking carefully at our processes with the goal of avoiding future occurrences like this.

This week's offering was inspired by a colleague who sent me an article on building a better salad. I have tried multiple versions of this over time. With ingredients fresh from your local market, you can't go wrong.


  • Obviously, portions are variable. The vinaigrette dresses a salad for four.
  • Choose ingredients from each of the 4 columns below.
  • Lettuces Hard-boiled eggs
  • Arugula Chicken breast
  • Watercress Firm tofu
  • Mesclun Black or red beans
  • Butter lettuce Wild salmon
  • Spinach Sardines
  • Dandelion leaves*
  • * I used to dig these up as weeds—times have changed.
  • Radishes Cheese
  • Berries Whole grain croutons
  • Bell peppers Seeds
  • Carrots Avocado
  • Tomatoes Nuts
  • Sprouts Toasted tortilla strips
  • Red onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced shallot
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


Whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt, and shallot together in a small bowl. Let stand about 5 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil. Add pepper to taste. Dress your beautiful salad creation and enjoy. Of course, you can use any other dressing recipe you like.