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Salad of Mixed Greens
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 ….
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
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.
Mix vinegar, oil, and salt to make dressing.
Toss greens with dressing just before serving.
Number of Servings
3/4 cup, loosely packed
Despite Platina’s assertion that unwashed lettuce is more healthful,
modern cooks will prefer to wash the lettuce and herbs for this dish before
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.
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