1 ½ Tbsp finely chopped shallot
¼ tsp sugar
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup very good extra-virgin olive oil
Make the base for the dressing: In a medium bowl, stir together the lemon juice, shallot, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Set aside.
Salade Au Chapon
4 clove garlic, gently smashed and peeled
4 1-inch-thick slice rustic country bread, grilled or toasted
½ lb frisée lettuce
2 cup baby spinach
1 ¼ cup mixed herb leaf, like mint, basil, cilantro and chive
3 radish, very thinly sliced
flaky coarse sea salt
In a small saucepan, combine the 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil and garlic and gently heat over very low heat until the oil is fragrant and the garlic is softened, about 5 minutes (tilt the pan, if necessary, to keep the garlic cloves submerged in the oil, and remove the pan from the heat from time to time to keep the garlic from coloring). Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.
Put the grilled bread on a large plate and drizzle with the infused oil from the saucepan, then spread the garlic cloves on top. Tear the frisée into bite-sized pieces and combine in a bowl with the spinach, herbs and radishes.
While whisking the reserved lemon juice mixture, add the 1/4 cup very good oil in a slow and steady stream. Vigorously whisk to emulsify, then drizzle the dressing over the salad. Toss the salad to combine. Season with several pinches of flaky coarse sea salt and toss once more. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates. Tuck the breads among the greens.
Garlic-Poaching Primer: Poaching garlic in oil is best done in a tiny 1/2-quart saucepan. If you don’t have one, I recommend adding this little size to your cookware collection. It is useful for heating up sauces or scalding milk for café con leche. You can also tilt a larger saucepan or skillet to the side while gently heating the mixture, keeping the garlic submerged in the oil.
Recipe courtesy of Salads: Beyond the Bowl: Extraordinary Recipes for Everyday Eating by Mindy Fox. Published by Kyle Books, 2012.