Lettuce and Tomato Salad

By • July 15, 2012 • 11 Comments

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Author Notes: I remember my grandmother making the simplest of salads with tomatoes and lettuces. She would quickly tear the lettuce and then chop the tomatoes into large diamond-like chunks, and just as quickly added a mayonnaise dressing that almost immediately turned milky and thin. The dressing served to bind the ripest and freshest ingredients. In my version, I have used butter lettuce, which is soft yet crunchy, and the ripest and most succulent tomato I could find. Making and eating this salad brought back the happiest of memories of a eating a basic salad that cooled the mind on a hot summer's night.Bevi

Serves 2

  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 handfuls butter lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 grindings of sea salt
  • 3 grindings of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  1. Tear up the lettuce and place in a serving bowl. Cut the tomato in half lengthwise, and then cut the halves using a "W" cut to create about 1-inch wedges. Add to the bowl.
  2. Mix together the mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper and sugar. Add to the lettuce and tomato, and blend softly but thoroughly. Serve with corn on the cob, simple shellfish dishes, and other summery food.
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Stringio

over 1 year ago marie.killian.5

Love salads - the best olive oil for dressing a salad and making it so delicious is Carothers' Olive Oil! And to use some raspberry balsamic aged vinegar is not a mistake. http://www.carothersoliveoil....

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

I know I missed this when you first posted, but you're right...my mom made this salad almost every night but with iceberg. Mayo and lemon were there too. Memories!

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about 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I love the simple beauty, Bevi.

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about 2 years ago Bevi

Thank you so much, b. Your and MFK Fisher's views on dining alone have been guideposts.

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about 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, you have to be good to yourself! Especially at the end of the day.

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about 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Looks delish!

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about 2 years ago Bevi

Thanks, sLx! This is the time of year for tomatoes, that's for sure!

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about 2 years ago Bevi

I feel like this salad in some version was a staple in many households in the day.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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I love a simple lettuce and tomato salad, and the mayo dressing sounds wonderful. I love to eat just lettuce and tomato with mayo on toasted bread too!

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about 2 years ago Bevi

It's been years since I ate this salad; it's funny how the mind jogs back to food memories with the slightest nudge.

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about 2 years ago lapadia

I have a friend who likes to serve her lettuce/tomato salad with a mayo dressing I love the lemony flavor!