Simple salads are still coming – a few more yet – we are nearly at the end of our 101 Salads project. Simple salads can seem at first glance of the recipe to be incomplete, but put them together and the simplicity leaves the vegetables to shine gloriously. Whether it is tomato or Brussels Sprouts, or lettuce, or avocado, or whatever, simple salads remind us that it is Ok to leave ingredients alone, allow them their own space. Elizabeth David was a great advocate of this approach. Ottolenghi, conversely, breaks all the rules of simplicity.
This salad is shredded cabbage (Napa or Wombok) or some lettuce with some nutty Swiss cheese (I love Ementhal) and some rye bread croutons. Dress it with a dressing with a touch of heat. Nice.
Cabbage or Lettuce Salad with Swiss Cheese and Rye, and a Russian Dressing
Toss shredded cabbage or lettuce with bits of Swiss cheese and some rye croutons. Top with a Russian Dressing.
To make a no-egg Russian dressing, take this retro eggless mayo recipe from my Mum, reduce the mustard, add a little finely diced onion, ketchup, a tiny amount chilli sauce or chilli jam or hot sauce, some horseradish cream or a grating of fresh horseradish, a little tamarind, a dash of soy, and salt to taste.
Be careful with the chilli – you don’t want a sauce that is too hot. Add a little chilli powder if you need more heat or don’t have any chilli paste, jam or sauce. Kashmiri chilli powder is good as it is a mild heat with a marvellous colour.
The combination of rye bread and Swiss cheese is quite nice.