My Favorite Salad - AKA Superfood Salad

June 13, 2011
Author Notes

Mache is a delicate lettuce grown in a rosette shape. It has recently experienced a growth in the US, it has been popular in Europe for a long time. It is a super delicate lettuce with tons of antioxidants and a nutty, mellow flavor. I love it not just because it tastes good, but also because it is so beautiful. Almonds are also one of the those good for you foods. Marcona almonds are a pre-roasted and salted almond from Spain - delicious! I make this as my default salad when I don't know what to do. - meganvt01 —meganvt01

Test Kitchen Notes

Meganvt01's salad may have few components but when eaten with the delicious vinaigrette it is a taste explosion. I loved the tender mache barely dressed and the addition of the almonds and goat cheese added tangy crunch that was so satisfying. After eating this salad I felt that I had done myself a service by fueling my body with a healthy salad. There is nothing more satisfying than eating something good for you that tastes so delicious. - sdebrango —sdebrango

  • Serves 4
  • 5 ounces mache, washed
  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds
  • 3 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In This Recipe
  1. For the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, dijon, garlic, egg yolk, oil, salt, and pepper in a sealed container and shake vigorously.
  2. Dress the mache with only as much vinaigrette as you need to moisten the leaves - 3 tablespoons perhaps. Depends on the size of your leaves. Place the mache on your serving dish and top with marcona almonds and goat cheese.

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Recipe by: meganvt01

After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession. I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource. As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.