Spring Salad and a Go-To Vinaigrette

A refreshing spring salad perfect for the season. Use any variation or quantity of ingredients, but the lemon is key!

Ingredients:

For the salad:

Torn lettuce leaves

Small radicchio leaves

Tender turnips, sliced

Lemon, thinly sliced and then chopped

Celery, thinly sliced

Spring Onions or Scallions, thinly sliced

Cilantro

For the vinaigrette:

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, finely grated

1 tbl shallot, minced

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil

1-2 tsp honey (optional)

salt and pepper

Instructions:

Make the dressing: Mix dijon, garlic, shallot, a generous pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper in a large bowl with the vinegar. Whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while you whisk to create an emulsion, season to taste. If you want a slightly less acidic dressing, add in the honey at the beginning. You can also try this in a blender, or in a protein shaker bottle. Shake a lot, until the dressing looks creamy. If using a bowl, wrap a rolled up towel around the base of the bowl (creating a circle for it to sit on) to hold it in place.

For the salad, use any amount of the ingredients you like. This is just an outline, you can add fresh blanched fava beans or peas as the season progresses, thinly sliced fennel, more herbs, or citrus segments. The whole lemon pieces are key! They brighten up any salad. Toss with the dressing to serve and season with salt and pepper.