Gourmet Food Source
Lettuce is an integral part of any kitchen garden; with so many varieties to choose from they offer us a simple yet delicious addition to any meal.
There is so much more to a leaf salad than some shredded Iceberg doused in salad cream or bottled vinaigrette. With so many varieties available it is important to identify the type of salad you want to make.
A simple dish of braised peas with bacon and onion is finished with shredded cos lettuce whilst the Chinese serve lettuce as a side dish with soy and sesame. The addition of fresh herbs can bring a leaf salad to life; try rocket, basil, tarragon, chervil, chives or coriander. When dressing salad leaves always use the dressing sparsely, more can be added as required but too much and the leaves wilt under the weight of the oil and vinegar.
Always try to use good quality ingredients for your dressings, pay a bit more for extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegar and you will reap the benefit, a little goes a long way.