I’m not a huge fan of lettuce, but I do adore herbs. Fortunately, one of my grad school cohort introduced me to the concept of herbs + mesclun mix = delicious. Since then, the primary features that convince me that a lettuce salad’s worth eating are:
1) herbs (dressing or in the salad mix)
3) nuts and/or fruit
If you’ve never tried an herbed salad, I do suggest giving it a whirl. The possibilities are only limited by your herb selection and imagination, but here are a few suggestions to introduce you to the basic idea. FYI, a “sprig” is one stalk, usually about 4-5 inches long. Don’t worry– you have plenty of leeway to use more or less, to your taste.
Italian Herbed Salad Mix
2 c tender lettuce, mesclun mix, baby spinach, or baby green mix
3-4 sprigs basil
3-4 sprig oregano
2-3 sprig thyme
1/2 c parsley
Pick herb leavse off the stems. Coarsley chop herbs, and mix with the greens. Serve with your favorite dressing, and any other salad ingredients you like.
French Salad Mix
2 c mesclun mix or tender lettuce
4-5 sprig tarragon
3-4 sprigs dill
3-4 sprig thyme
1/4 c flat leaf parsley
Remove the thyme leaves from the stems, and remove large parsley stems. Coarsely chop all herbs and mix with the greens. Serve with a good vinaigrette.
Green Acres Herb Salad
2 c baby greens
2 sprig mint
3 sprigs dill
Remove the mint leaves from the stems. Chop all the herb leaves coarsly, and toss with greens.