Mesclun Salad


Mesclun Salad

Mesclun salad is a speciality of Nice in the south of France and at one time it was only found in Nice. However, today it is found in most places and accompanies an assortment of dishes in good restaurants.

Most people have heard of a Salad Nicoise (Salad Nice) but this one is just a fresh green salad made with the Provencal herbs and plants.

It consists of a mixture of young shoots, harvested especially for their delicate flavour such as rocket, watercress, dandelion leaves and oak leaf lettuce. The inhabitants of Nice used to pick their own fresh herbs and plants for this salad and indeed some still do to this day. You too can pick your own especially dandelion leaves when they are young but do make sure that no weed killers have been sprayed on the area!

If you choose this salad in a restaurant these days it is one of the most expensive of salads. It is often included as part of the Hors d'oeuvres.

Ingredients

Any combination of fresh young salad leaves such as:

• 1 handful of watercress

• 1 handful of rocket

• 1 handful of parsley

• 1 handful of dandelion leaves

• 1 handful sorrel

• 1 handful oak leaf lettuce

• 1 garlic clove



• Vinaigrette dressing

Method

Wash your fresh salad leaves in cold water and dry them.

Rub the garlic clove around the bowl.

Arrange in a salad bowl.

Toss in a light vinaigrette dressing just before serving.

It is delicious served with a few slivers of parmesan cheese or pine nuts, walnuts, black olives and if you are lucky enough to purchase some truffles these would be a fabulous addition.

Bon Appétit






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