My homegrown lettuce is doing beautifully! What is a good homemade vinagrette for the delicate lettuce?



pierino May 6, 2013
I put together this dressing for asparagus but it will work with lettuce The tricky part is getting the purple mustard.
Hilarybee May 6, 2013
Have fun, Evamarie! Growing season is just starting up so you've got a lot of time to play.
Evamarie S. May 6, 2013
Wow! Thank you all, these are great recipes & I'm going to try them all! Seriously, I can't decide among them. That lemon one sounds intriguing, I must say!
Cristina S. May 6, 2013
I always use a simple vinaigrette I picked up from my French mother-in-law: add a pinch of sea salt and a crack of black pepper to a small bowl, along with a dollop of smooth Dijon mustard. Next, a splash of something acidic--I often use a mix of lemon juice and white wine or champagne vinegar, but I also like sherry vinegar. Finish with a pour of good olive oil, and whisk with a fork to emulsify. (The "correct" ratio is 1:3 (acid:oil), but I personally like half and half.) If you want to spice it up a little: fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, chives), minced shallots, lemon zest, a flurry of grated parmesan, or a drop of maple syrup. I make some form of this vinaigrette several times a week.
Hilarybee May 6, 2013
I really like this genius recipe: a lemon vinaigrette that uses whole lemons. It sounds overwhelming, but it is so succulent and brings out the best in sweet lettuce.
Evamarie S. May 6, 2013
This sounds awesome! Thank you, I can't wait to try this today. You're right, the lettuce is so tender I didn't want to drown it in any old dressing.
lloreen May 6, 2013
For my tender lettuce from the garden, I do the simplest of lemon vinaigrettes with some fresh herbs. Just 1 tbs of lemon juice, 2 tbs of good olive oil, 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme, (a dab of mustard if you like) and a pinch of sea salt.
Tender lettuce just out of the garden is such a treat; it needs only the lightest coating of dressing as anything else can overwhelm and wilt it. No money could buy such a delicacy in a store!
Bill F. May 6, 2013
Champagne vinaigrette would be nice. It very light and pleasant
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