Sometimes you want dinner on the table with as little fuss as possible. When you need to get your vegetables, a side salad is usually the easiest option. But sometimes greens with a vinaigrette can feel a little like an afterthought. To elevate your simple salad (with hardly any extra work!) why not season your serving bowl too?
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Our recipe for the Simplest Salad really is as simple as it sounds. You don’t even have to mix together a vinaigrette; everything gets built right in the salad bowl. The simplicity of it all allows the freshness of the greens to take center stage and adds a special touch to an otherwise easily forgettable salad. The key to this easy “recipe” (if you can even call it that)? Rub the salad bowl with garlic.
This trick gives a subtle hint of garlic without being too harsh and keeps things extra easy. You’ll only need ½ clove of garlic, a little of the raw stuff goes a long way. We’ve tried this trick on many different types of bowls, from the classic wooden salad bowl to aluminum and even ceramic, and our tasters confirmed that it adds a noticeable improvement no matter the material.
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This supersimple salad pairs perfectly with almost any dish, from a Weeknight Roast Chicken to a Weeknight Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce (notice a trend here?). For the best results, use a good quality oil and a well-balanced vinegar and get creative with your choice of salad greens. Here's how to make it.
How to Make the Simplest Salad
- Rub the inside of your salad bowl with a ½ clove of garlic.
- Add lettuce (try interesting and flavorful leafy greens, such as mesclun, arugula, or Bibb lettuce).
- Slowly drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over lettuce, tossing greens very gently, until greens are lightly coated and just glistening.
- Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste and toss gently to coat.