This is a reminder to go to your local farmers’ market tomorrow. We now have markets north and south of the river, which makes for a full and glorious Saturday morning of marketing. I brought home four different kinds of lettuce and greens last saturday, giving simple salads at our house new complexity and depth all week long. One day I would love to grow my own lettuces, but for now, thank goodness for sorrell, arugula, spinach and watercress at the farmers’ market!
3/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 medium clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small head romaine, washed, spun dry, and torn into bite-size pieces (about 5 cups)
1 medium bunch watercress, leaves and 1-inch stem, washed and spun dry
1 pound roasted turkey breast, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/4 pound Maytag blue cheese, roughly crumbled
2 large hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, cut into 1/4-inch wedges
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 medium Haas avocado, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped chervil
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp,
about 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and vinegar. In a slow, steady stream, whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
3. Arrange the romaine and watercress on a large serving platter. Arrange the turkey, blue cheese, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and bacon in sections on top of the greens. Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Pour dressing over salad. Serve immediately.