Every winter, I plant a small pot of lamb's lettuce. This little salad planter survives the snows, rewarding me as soon as there is just a bit of warming sun, with fresh salad greens. Also knows as mache or corn salad, lamb's lettuce needs to be stemmed (pinch off at the base of the floret of lettuce.) Clean and stem just before serving. In this, one of my favorite winter salads, I've rethought the classic Waldorf, omitting the miniature marshmallows and canned pineapple of my childhood, replacing with dried cranberries and a honey poppy seed dressing. —MrsWheelbarrow
lamb's lettuce, cleaned and stemmed
fresh bacon lardons
apples, your favorite variety, cubed
crumbled creamy bleu cheese - Maytag Blue is a favorite
black walnuts, chopped
dried cranberries or tart cherries
fruity olive oil
light (clover, wildflower) honey
(scant) sherry vinegar
sesame seeds, toasted
Salt & Pepper, to your liking
In This Recipe
Blanch the lardons for a minute or two, drain on paper towels. This will help them crisp up. Saute the lardons until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Mix up the oil, vinegar, honey and seeds in a jar. Shake it up.
Make a fluffy bed of mache. Sprinkle the bacon, apple and cheese around. Top with walnuts and dried cranberries.