Red Lolla Rosa
Lettuce Storage: Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
SALAD DRESSING RECIPES
French Hungarian Salad
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 small garlic clove
1 teaspoon pepper
1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
Combine first 9 ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Refrigerate.)
Combine romaine, cabbage and feta in large bowl. Add enough dressing to season to taste. Toss well.
* Note from Julia: For those of you eating “lighter” you can adapt this recipe very easily. Either skip the croutons or bake them. I encourage you to try to make your own dressing, but if you are going to buy it there are many versions, including “low fat” ones.
For croutons3 cups 1/2-inch cubes of fresh French or Italian bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
6 flat anchovies, rinsed, patted dry, and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
2 tablespoons water
1 head romaine lettuce, trimmed and torn into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350°̊F. In a bowl toss bread cubes with oil and salt to taste and spread in a jelly-roll pan. Bake croutons in middle of oven until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
In a blender blend together at high speed garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt until smooth. With motor running add oil in a slow stream and blend until emulsified. Add water and blend dressing well.
In a large bowl toss romaine with dressing, Parmesan, croutons, and pepper to taste.
Serves 6 from Gourmet Feb. 1994
MINCED LAMB WITH GINGER, HOISIN AND GREEN ONIONS
Serve this quick stir-fry with rice.
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 pound ground lamb
1 tablespoon oriental sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon minced orange peel
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
Butter lettuce leaves
Combine orange juice and cornstarch in small bowl. Saut lamb in heavy large skillet over high heat until cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Pour lamb with its juices into colander; drain. Heat oil in same skillet over high heat. Add ginger, garlic and orange peel; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add green onions 30 seconds. Add hoisin sauce and lamb to skillet; stir until blended. Add orange juice mixture; stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Spoon into lettuce leaves.
1/2 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons dry white wine or rice wine
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3 small heads romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthways
In a blender or food processor process soy sauce, sesame oil, wine, brown sugar, and ginger until thoroughly combined.
Brush lettuce with marinade. Place lettuce, cut sides down, in centre of cooking grate. Grill 5 to 7 minutes, turning and brushing with marinade halfway through grilling time.
4 to 8 lettuce leaves
3 ounces somen (thin Japanese wheat noodles)*
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips carrots
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips green onion
1/2 cup matchstick-size strips red bell pepper (can be left out)
Fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste with garlic*
1 teaspoon sugar
*Thin Japanese wheat noodles and chili paste with garlic are available at Asian markets, specialty foods stores, and in the Asian section of some supermarkets.
Pat lettuce leaves dry. Put water to boil. Add noodles and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Refresh under cold water and drain.
Arrange 4 lettuce leaves on work surface. Place additional leaves on each arranged leaf if needed to form 8-inch length. Place 1/4 cup noodles along 1 long side of each leaf forming 1-inch-wide strip. Arrange carrots atop noodles, then green onion, bell pepper and cilantro leaves. Starting from 1 long side, roll leaf over filling. Roll up tightly in jelly roll fashion. Place each roll on piece of plastic wrap and roll up tightly, twisting ends. Refrigerate rolls 1 to 8 hours.
Combine vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste and sugar in bowl. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Remove plastic wrap from rolls. Trim ends. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Place pieces cut side up on platter. Place sauce in center of rolls and serve.
Per serving: calories, 20; fat, 0 g; sodium, 56 mg; cholesterol, 0 mg
The following is a review of the sushi recipe...
Ian Miles from Leicester, England on 03/30/99
Some of the ingredients are hard to find. I had to omit the cilantro leaves, and decided not to try to replace them with something else. This did not seem to take anything away from the taste. Overall, a really tasty and filling dish.
Herbed Romaine Salad with Strawberries, Sunset Magazine, April 2007
1/2 cup raw (unsalted) pistachios
10 to 12 oz. romaine lettuce hearts, cored and roughly chopped
1/3 cup fresh tarragon, torn into small pieces
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces
12 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced shallot (about 1 medium)
2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons mild olive oil
6 ounces good-quality mild feta cheese (see Notes), cut into triangles
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread pistachios on a large baking sheet and bake until very lightly toasted (they should still retain some green), 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
2. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, tarragon, mint, and half of the strawberries. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, shallot, honey, and salt. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until mixture is emulsified. Drizzle dressing over lettuce mixture and toss well.
3. Divide lettuce mixture among plates, then top with remaining strawberries, toasted pistachios, and feta triangles.
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