Tuesday, July 19, 2005

[DANSK] Mormor salat



Grandma salad, translated. It's plain, it's simple - it's one of those dishes that really show-cases the ingredients, which is why they have to be at their best. Or rather, the one star ingredient has to be at it's peak. Nothing more, nothing less than a head of lettuce, like this one. Not romaine, no no, the leaves has to be softer than that - anyways, they're not hard to find in summer, at least not around here.

You basically wash the salad and rip it into bite-size pieces. Just before you want to eat it, dress with 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream, the juice of half a lemon (maybe a little less), 1-2 teaspoons sugar, salt and pepper. Taste - the directions given here are as I remember doing it, but I usually do it by feel and tastebuds and without measuring. Toss. Serve. I can eat this with everything - or, you know, if it's just me and a head of lettuce, I'll devour it all in one sitting, with maybe some crusty bread on the side for mopping up the dressing. Hey, it's cream, it's good for you!;-)

You can variate the salad by adding quartered strawberries or orange wedges - M also likes tomatoes in it. Personally, I don't seem to tire of the sweet/sour/fat/crunchy complexity of it just as it is, but be my guest...

12 comments:

Cathy said...

That sounds delicious - and it can't be any worse fat & calorie-wise than using oil, right? Hmmm... I have some leftover heavy cream (I hate having to buy a half-pint when all I need is 2 tablespoons!), I think I just found a way to use some of it!

linda said...

I never thought of using cream on a salad. I may have to try this...

Pille said...

In Estonia we do the same salad with sour cream (and omit the lemon juice). Really nice and simple..

Barbara Fisher said...

Here in the states, that kind of lettuce is called butterhead--or Boston or bibb lettuce.

Depending on the variety--but it is the kind that makes a loose head with very soft, velvety-tender leaves.

The salad sounds great!

gemma said...

The salad does sound great. And your site looks so pretty, I like the new design!

Zarah Maria said...

Hi Cathy! Actually, the cream I'm using is 48% fat - olive oil would be 100%, so you're definitely right! Although there might be the whole good-for-you/bad-for-you fats issue - but hey, who's counting?!

Linda - please do! It's one of my favorites!

Pille - uh that sounds good too! I'm a sucker for sour cream, whenever there's been a spoon in that little container it goes right in my mouth before it hits the sink!

Barbara - thank you for enlightening me! I knew it had to have a name, but I tried looking it up on the net, then figured: a picture speaks a thousand words, they'll get a picture! And the way you describe it sounds like it's exactly right!

Hi Gemma! I'm so glad you like it! You're the first to see it I think, I'd just republished my blog when your comment came in! Took a lot of work too, and still some to be done, but seeing my little blog is hitting the one year mark in a month or so, I thought it appropriate (and lord knows I wont have the time to fiddle around with it when school starts again!)

Ana said...

Cream in salad dressing. I'll try it. Anything with cream is acceptable in my book! No, it is more than acceptable--it is heavenly!

Clare Eats said...

This looks devine! I wish I had of seen this just before dinner! Oh well.... tomorrow then instead ;) (I have a perfect head of lettuce from my mums organic garden)

Clare Eats said...

I am just about to make this!

In a few days it will be on eatstuff!
( but I wont put the recipe, just a link back to you)

Clare Eats said...

Oh it was great! I added some really nice oranges and used them and some lime as the juice and a little honey as the sugar. It was great, if you have great lettuce TRY THIS!

Zarah Maria said...

Ana - hear hear!

Clare - YAY, I'm so happy you liked it! Your twist sounds gorgeous, I'll have to try it once we get nice oranges here! Can't wait to see the post!

Clare Eats said...

http://eatstuff.blogspot.com/2005/07/i-love-spinach-pie.html
here is the link