Clay's Kitchen : Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes

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Italian Chopped Salad

Recipe from: Faith Durand
Servings: 4

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 small head radicchio
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced in half
4 ounces ricotta salata, divided
1 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch sugar
2 tablespoons capers
flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Cut the head of lettuce and the radicchio into quarters and core them. If you have a mandoline, use it to shave each quarter into very, very thin shavings. If you do not have a mandoline, simply slice the lettuce and radicchio with a very sharp knife, keeping the shavings as thin as possible. Toss the shaved lettuce and radicchio together in a large bowl.

Toss the olives with the lettuce. Crumble in about two-thirds of the ricotta salata and toss.

In a separate measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, pinch of sugar, and capers. Toss this dressing with the lettuce, making sure it is well distributed and coats the lettuce well. Taste and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spread the salad on a platter and spread the halved cherry tomatoes over top, and crumble the remaining ricotta salata over them. Shake a bit of extra black pepper on top, and refrigerate the salad until ready to serve. Serve the salad very cold.


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