September 12, 2011

What's in the Fridge?

I’m not sure if any of you have noticed, but lettuce is pretty darn boring.  There’s just something about lettuce that makes me want to run the other way.  Salad however can be a very beautiful thing.  If you just add a few ingredients to lettuce, suddenly it can be really delicious.  Tonight I had a meeting that got out a little later than I had expected.  I got home only to realize that my refrigerator was almost completely empty—eggs, lettuce, ½ a gallon of milk.  I decided on a salad with a six-minute egg.  Although this is one of the simplest salads around, it is also one of my Favorite salads to make, one I don’t just eat because it’s good for me. 
Here’s what you need: 
·      romaine (my favorite for your everyday salad)
·      salad dressing (I made mine with apple cider vinegar, grated sweet onion, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper)
·      six-minute egg (Bring an egg in a small pan of water to a boil.  Once the water is boiling, time it for six minutes.  Then immediately shock the egg in cold water to stop the cooking.  Peel the egg and put the whole thing on top of your salad.)

The whites will be well cooked, while the yolk is still slightly runny—perfect!  Another way to make this or any salad a little more special is to mix fresh herbs into the lettuce.  Today I had some parsley in the fridge.  It adds such a great freshness and a whole new flavor profile to it.  Enjoy your very not boring salad!

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