Summer Chopped Salad with Creole Mustard Dressing

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Author Notes: We belong to a CSA and get a surprise box of seasonal vegetables every week from May through November. We’re also fortunate to have a farm stand nearby where they grow their own vegetables. We eat corn and tomatoes in season almost every day. I like to cut corn off the cob and make a salad, and that’s what I did with this week’s vegetables. I’ve used raw corn and steamed and cooled corn in this salad—both are good (so it’s great if you have a few ears leftover). drbabs

Serves 4

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (or a mixture of lemon and lime)
  • 2 tablespoons Creole (or other coarse-ground) mustard
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil (more to taste)
  • Generous pinch of salt
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Taste and adjust ingredients to taste. (This is a pretty tart dressing. You might want a little more oil.)

For the Salad:

  • 3 ears of fresh corn (younger the better) kernels cut off the cob
  • 1 heart of romaine, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 head of endive, halved and sliced into half-moons
  • 1/4 cup purslane leaves (if you can get them)
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs and lettuces (I used a mix of basil, arugula, radicchio, and mint.)
  • 1-2 scallions, finely chopped into tiny pieces
  • ¼ cup crumbled ricotta salata (optional)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  1. Toss all the vegetables and cheese (if using) together. Pour dressing over a little at a time. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper as desired.. Sprinkle pine nuts over and serve.
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Tags: adaptable, Crunchy, seasonal, tangy, tart, Vegetarian

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9 months ago Tarragon

Made this dressing a second time. I didn't have lemon or lime so I used 1/4 C of red wine vinegar. Still excellent! By the way I only used 2 T oil (both times that I made it).

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10 months ago Tarragon

I loved this - the dressing was perfect (I used Grey Poupon Harvest Ground in lieu of creole mustard). I also changed out some salad components since I was trying to utilize my own CSA share, but I did have corn and mint. Great salad, great dressing, great meal accompaniment to plain grilled salmon!

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10 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm honored that you tried it and glad you enjoyed it! Thanks.

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Chopped salad is my favorite!!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It's mine, too.

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

your NoLa is showing with that creole mustard touch! Love it.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Lori!

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over 3 years ago wssmom

LOVE!!!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Love your dressing with a spicy kick! Sounds delicious with all the fresh greens and veggies.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Looks wonderful - love how you work in your NOLA background into so many of your recipes.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Liz.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Fabulous salad. Love that you used purslane! It's got such a nice tang to it. It was my dad's most hated weed for some reason when I was a kid, so I never realized it was tasty until just a few years ago.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It was in self defense--I got a ton of it in the CSA box. But it was really good in the salad!

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over 3 years ago SKK

Oh wonderful!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

:) Thanks!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Sounds wonderful, Dr.B. I'd like a martini glass of the dressing, and be generous with the tabasco, thank you.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, I'm trying to upload a photo, but it seems that the program is buggy right now. Welcome back! I hope you had a great trip.

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, we did, we did! I'm still processing all the colors, flavors, sights, sounds. The daughter wants to return to Florence next summer, and my sister wants to go to England and France. In the meantime, it's wonderful to be back among the food52 community and its resident geniuses. And please be generous with the Tabasco!