We've got a new partnership with the recipe-, equipment-, and product-testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen; they'll be sharing some of their time-tested recipes and technical expertise with us.
We've got a new partnership with the recipe-, equipment-, and product-testing gurus at America's Test Kitchen; they'll be sharing some of their time-tested recipes and technical expertise with us. Today, America's Test Kitchen shares how to make a simple yet flavorful salad.
With high-quality ingredients, less is more. This quick and easy way to make a simple salad requires no measuring or whisking, and (virtually) no thought. And you need only three ingredients: greens, extra-virgin olive oil, and vinegar. It is important to use high-quality ingredients as there are no bells or whistles to camouflage old lettuce, flavorless oil, or harsh vinegar. Be sure to use interesting leafy greens, such as mesclun, arugula, or Bibb lettuce, rather than those with a more neutral flavor, such as iceberg lettuce.
1. For just a hint of garlic flavor, rub the inside of the salad bowl with half a clove of peeled garlic before adding the lettuce.
2. Holding your thumb over the mouth of the olive oil bottle to control the flow, slowly drizzle the greens with a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Toss the greens very gently and repeat this drizzling and tossing as needed until the greens are lightly coated and just glistening.
4. Finally, sprinkle the greens with small amounts of vinegar, salt, and pepper and continue to toss gently, until the salad tastes just right.
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