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Salad of Mixed Greens
by
Arwen Southernwood


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Original Recipe

On Seasoned Lettuce

Platina, On Right Pleasure and Good Health, circa 1465 .
… You season raw lettuce this way if it does not need washing, for that is more healthful than what has been washed in water; put it in a dish, sprinkle with ground salt, pour in a little oil and more vinegar and eat at once.  Some add a little mint and parsley to it for seasoning so that it does not seem entirely bland and the excessive chill of the lettuce does not harm the stomach …. 


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Ingredients:

1 pound mixed spring greens
1/4 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup fresh parsley
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation Steps

  1. Place greens in a colander; de-stem mint and parsley, and add to the greens.  Wash in cold water and toss to dry.  Place in serving bowl. 
  2. Mix vinegar, oil, and salt to make dressing. 
  3. Toss greens with dressing just before serving.

Number of Servings

12-15 servings.

Serving Size

3/4 cup, loosely packed

Redaction Notes

Despite Platina’s assertion that unwashed lettuce is more healthful, modern cooks will prefer to wash the lettuce and herbs for this dish before serving.

References

  • Platina (pseud. of Bartolomeo Sacchi).  De honeste voluptate et valetudine ("On right pleasure and good health").  Translated and abridged by Mary Ella Milham.  Pegasus Press, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1999.  ISBN 1-889818-12-7.

Date Of Redaction

April, 2002


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