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Best Simple Green Salad Inspired by the Via Carota Salad Recipe

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Earlier this week, I watched an interview with the legendary music producer Rick Rubin, he described himself as more of a “reducer” than a producer. When he’s in the studio, his aim is to get rid of the music. Understanding its essence is very helpful in understanding what it is. ‘ His words resonated with my own obsession with simplicity this year. It takes a commitment to dig deep to get to the bottom of anything, whether it’s story editing, room styling, or recipe creation. You can not. Each is necessary and must be excellent. One shining example of this approach is the beloved New York restaurant’s simple Green He Salad. Via CarotaIf you know, you know.

Walking into Calle Carota is like walking into a friend’s house in the Italian countryside (fantasy version). You’ll be greeted by exposed brick walls, charming curios, rustic plates of shared pasta, and undoubtedly a throng of people waiting for a table. If you look closely, there are many green salads towering in the center of the table. Impressive in its simplicity, but undoubtedly special in appearance and taste. A frequent visitor to Carota Street knows to never forget to order the simplest green salad, truly the best on the planet.

And now we interrupt our Via Carota daydream and teleport to my kitchen in Austin, very much inspired by Via Carota’s but with a few twists, perfectly simple I am slowly perfecting my own version of the green salad.I landed on a family favorite that I used to make every night, tossed together some mixed lettuce in the fridge, then stacked them in mine The perfect wooden salad bowl. We started calling it “House Salad”. Every Sunday, mix up a batch of the house vinaigrette and pour it into a mason jar to keep your salads ready all week long.

What makes this salad different from Insalata Verde on Via Carota?

The simplicity and overall flavor of this salad was inspired by the Via Carota salad, but it should be made clear that this is not a copycat version. If you want the exact recipe, Enjoy with their cookbook. As authors Jody Williams and Rita Sodi say, “We’re dedicated to this salad. We eat it every day. We crave it and it’s on the dinner table every night.” There is spring, summer, autumn and winter.”

I used their recipe as a starting point and made some modifications based on my own learning.

mixed lettuce

Via Carota’s version throws together butter lettuce, frize, little gems, watercress and endive. Little gems can be hard to come by, at least here in Austin. I’ve found the best substitute for the little gems is to use a romaine heart (inner leaf) chopped into 3 inch lengths. I also don’t like buying small $5 endives on a regular basis, so my version omits them and instead uses butter lettuce (often labeled bibb or Boston lettuce), romaine lettuce. (inner leaves only), arugula with a tangy kick. However, the advantage of having your own “house salad” is that you can subscribe to the mixed lettuce you have in your produce drawer. I want the end result to be light and airy, so I would stay away from kale and other cruciferous vegetables.

I also took some liberties with the fresh herbs used. I like to use mint and chives in this salad, but the sky really is the limit. ). So coriander, parsley, dill, and basil are all fair game. Rosemary, thyme, and sage are not. (See our handy A guide to keeping herbs fresh in the refrigerator.)

salad dressing

I’ve shared my Sunday Night Vinaigrette in the Breathing Space newsletter, but I think this is the first time I’ve posted it on this site. It’s my favorite dressing in the world, so get excited. It shares the shallot-forward flavor of Via Carota’s vinaigrette, but adds Dijon mustard, apple cider vinaigrette, and honey.


Well, here’s where I took some real liberties: Via Carota’s Green Salad has absolutely no nuts. But for the salad to be the “Best Green Salad” that stands in our house, we needed to add just a handful of crunch in the form of toasted, buttery, finely chopped walnuts. If you’re protesting right now about dramatically deviating from

How to make the best simple green salad

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands ready. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect green salad every time.

Make sure the lettuce is completely dry

Via Carota’s recipe calls for a double wash and plenty of drying, which is great for a restaurant setup, but you can wash the lettuce once and then dry it with a salad spinner or paper towel. House. The key here is to make sure they are completely and completely dry. and drying before applying vinegar-based dressings.

Toss the lettuce with the dressing using the largest bowl

You know I wouldn’t ask you to use two bowls unless absolutely necessary. However, it is a must-see here. Using the largest mixing bowl you own, add all the lettuce.Toss them all the way into this mixing bowl, then take them out Handmade wooden salad bowls and each bunch of lettuce stacked in a wavy tower.

use hands

Pull up your sleeves and use those hands to toss the lettuce and herbs together with the vinaigrette, then toss in a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can’t. Massage the dressing and seasonings onto the lettuce to just barely cover each leaf and ensure everything is perfectly evenly distributed.

Toss with dressing just before serving

You can prepare the lettuce ahead of time (wash, dry, put in a large mixing bowl and refrigerate), but wait until just before serving and top with vinaigrette and walnuts to preserve freshness. . Perky and not soggy at all.

Other great ingredients for this salad

One of the great things about having a simple green salad recipe on standby is that you can riff on the original and adapt it to be the perfect first course or side dish for whatever you’re making. Some of my favorite add-ins based on:

  • freshly shaved parmesan cheese
  • half a cherry tomato
  • finely chopped and toasted almonds, pecans, or sunflower seeds (instead of walnuts)
  • crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
  • green olives (I like to use Castelvetrano olives, pitted and halved)
  • sliced ​​red onion
  • shaved fennel
  • grated carrot
  • sliced ​​cucumber

And that’s my friend! I can’t wait to scroll through the recipes and hear if you make this.

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