- 60 g red lettuce (rinsed, spun or patted dry, and coarsely chopped)
- 30 g baby salad leaves mix (rinsed, spun or patted dry, and coarsely chopped)
- 30 g watercress (rinsed, spun or patted dry, and coarsely chopped)
- 20 g cress (rinsed, and spun or patted dry)
- 6 oz bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 7 oz chicken breast (one half skinless boneless breast; halved, cooked, and diced)
- 1 tomato (seeded and chopped fine)
- 2 eggs (hard-boiled, separated; yolk finely chopped; white finely chopped)
- 1/2 c grated cheese (finely grated; smoked cheddar worked well)
- 2 T chopped chives (fresh)
- Dressing (double for full salad; the below will only dress half the salad):
- 4 t red wine vinegar (1/3 cup for whole batch)
- 1/2 T Dijon mustard
- sea salt (to taste)
- freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 t sugar (to taste, up to 1t)
1. Cook the bacon in a skillet on medium heat until crisp on both sides. Remove from skillet and lay out on paper towels to absorb the excess fat. Allow the bacon to cool. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
2. In a large salad bowl, toss together well the various lettuces and watercress.
3. Compose the salad. Arrange the bacon, chicken, tomato, chopped egg, and cheese over the lettuce; garnish with the chives.
4. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the oil in a slow stream while whisking; whisk the dressing until it is emulsified. Add sugar to taste, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Whisk the dressing. Serve separately or toss in with the salad.
SJ Note 24 May 2012: This was really tasty, a great meal for a hot summer day when paired with some bread. I liked the dressing but Chris didn't, so I've halved the measures above. Chris, however, did like the salad well enough to not bother with dressing, so it's a hit! Perhaps a bit more lettuce next time, though. The original recipe called for lettuces I can't get, "half a head" of each - so it's really just guesswork.
SJ Note 18 Sept 2012: Tasty once again. I've adjusted the lettuce amounts - this amount worked really well for us. Keeper!