Tanimura & Antle’s Elegant Lettuce: Little Gems

Tanimura_Antle_Little_Gems_Lettuce_Copyright_M-J_de_MestertonI discovered Tanimura & Antle Little Gems lettuce lately, when my market was out of Romaine heads. These are so far superior to the usual Romaine that I’ve switched, and now only buy Little Gems. Not to be confused with my series of paintings from 2008 by the same name, which did come first. I’ve read that the Tanimura & Antle company trademarked it. For vegetable trays that feature dips, and for scooping tabbouleh, these lettuce leaves make excellent replacements for things like pitas and chips.~~M-J de Mesterton ©June 2017

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Elegant Walnut Salad

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Simple and satisfying, a salad made with Romaine lettuce and crushed walnuts may be enhanced with Cheddar cheese to make a nutritious luncheon dish.  The best dressing for M-J’s Walnut-Romaine salad recipe is a honey-laced vinaigrette.  For an elegant salad-design, toss the lettuce in dressing before arranging the crushed walnuts around the edges of your bowl. ©M-J de MestertonRomaine__Elegant_Salad_Copyright_M-J_de_Mesterton

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Elegant Taco Salad

Cook ground beef with typical taco seasonings: chile powder, onion, and cumin (optional), or a pre-packaged taco-seasoning mix. Mash the meat while it is cooking, until fine texture has been achieved. Distribute taco meat among individual bowls. Decorate with tortilla sections or chips, shredded cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Colby are good choices), tomatoes, lettuce and avocados. Garnish with sour cream or offer ranch-style dressing at table

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Elegant Taco Salad

Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, fried tortilla-sections, lettuce and sour cream, arranged neatly in a bowl makes an elegant luncheon dish.

Elegant Ranch-Style Salad

For an elegant salad design, dress the lettuce first and then decorate with tomatoes and peppers (capsicums).
I make a tradional western ranch-style dressing with the following ingredients, and never from an over-priced packaged mix:
Mayonnaise
Buttermilk
Sour Cream
Parsley
Onion Powder
a dash or two of D.L. Jardine’s Texas Five-Star Ranch Rub (or Lawry’s Seasoning Salt)
A squeeze of lemon and a bit of freshly-ground green or white peppercorn
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