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Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

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When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.

Today: A simple, comforting salad for those days when dinner feels out of reach. 

Husband: I'm going to the market. What do we need?

Me: I need a box of things for the thing.

Husband: Large garbage bags. Got it. And don't you think Dash needs a you know what. Like now. He's so stinky.

Me: Totally. Good luck with that. Not really on my list today. We can force him into the tub tomorrow.

Son: Noooooooooooooooo.

Husband: What are you cooking for dinner?

Me: I'm so fried. I can't cook dinner.

Husband: Should I get a rotisserie chicken and we'll have it with the salad thingy?

Son: I love the salad thingy!

Me: Yeeeessssss, pleeeeaaaaassssse. And some ooey gooey you know what.

Husband: Cheese. And something to drink?

Me: Yes. Red wine. Yes.

Husband: And some fresh --

Me: Bread? Yes. Come here.

Husband: Why?

Me: I need something else.



Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

Serves 4

2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets
2 large shallots, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (Champagne or red wine are good options as well)
1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil (don't use one that's bitter or herbaceous)
20 to 25 romaine leaves (I prefer the crispy leaves from the heart)
2 avocados, halved, de-pitted, peeled, and sliced the long way
Coarse salt

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Phyllis Grant

Tags: avocado, salad, weeknight dinner, cooking for kids, family dinner, dash and bella, dashandbella

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Comments (10)


about 1 year ago theicp

I topped this with beaucoups of freshly chopped chives. This is one delicious and totally practical salad! Nice one.


over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Love this combination, have been making something similar but minus the avocado. A must try for sure!


over 1 year ago jburt61

Wow, Dash is looking so grown up.


over 1 year ago Phyllis Grant

isn't he though? sigh.


over 1 year ago Ellen

Call me anchovy obsessed, but I love that vinaigrette idea. I make a similar romaine and avocado salad that adds pistachios. Looking forward to trying it with this dressing! Thanks.


over 1 year ago Phyllis Grant

you can DEFINITELY call me anchovy obsessed. glad you are too. i never use pistachios. must remedy that.


over 1 year ago Cristina Sciarra

I love everything about this.


over 1 year ago Marian Bull



over 1 year ago Phyllis Grant

xoxo to you both


over 1 year ago Liz B. @ UMAMI LIFE

Wow, I saw "anchovies" in the title of this post on my bloglovin' feed and thought "Dash and Bella and all those wonderful tarts I have bookmarked..." Lo and behold, it's your recipe!

As always, thanks for another awesome recipe and another small testament to the power of the smallest fish!

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