Cowboy-Style Baby Green Salad Recipe

Cowboy-Style Baby Green Salad Recipe
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This salad only requires lettuce, cheese, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil with a touch of salt and pepper — so easy, yet so tasty. This is definitely a go-to for a large crowd and keeps the menu simple, just like the cowboys out west would like!

You can purchase baby greens at your supermarket or better yet, if you have access to a local farmers' market, select from the many varieties of baby lettuces and greens. I wash my greens under cold running water and then dry them in a salad spinner.

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads lettuce
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, shaved, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Toss your lettuce or greens with the cheese and then drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. A little balsamic goes a long way, so less is more. Add a pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, and your "pah-dners" might never want to leave the range.

Green Salad Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Green Salad Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.

Green Salad Wine Pairing

Salads with vinegar-based dressings don't go well with wine. Albariño, torrontés, or riesling with seafood or poultry salads in mayonnaise- or cream-based dressings; pinot gris/grigio, sauvignon blanc, sémillion, or grüner veltliner with salads with lemon juice-based dressings.