A few months ago I dragged Alex to a darling cafe (Cafe 318 in Excelsior for those of you who are interested). I ordered a pretentiously amazing pizza, and it came with a salad on the side. The salad had no other obvious ingredients in it besides the lettuce, and I only got around to eating it because I needed something to occupy my time while I was waiting for the waitress to bring the bill. IT WAS AMAZING. Instead of being dressed with something oily/fatty/or both, it was tossed with plain old lemon juice. Maybe Mcdonalds should start offering lemon juice as a dressing so that people that are on a diet yet wind up at Mcdonalds ordering a salad actually have a chance at walking out of there successfully. Maybe.
I was sick over the holidays and I have been inhaling several variations of this salad in an attempt to load up on vitamin C and to make my calories count. Tonight's version was probably my favorite, but my key to having a fabulous salad is to have these main ingredients that I always have lying around: lettuce, craisins, walnuts, apples, and lemon juice. Adding in other fruit just makes it even more irresistible.
Rating 10/10. This salad is so addicting that I have two servings of it before I get around to actually eating the main course of the meal.
1 head of lettuce- washed, chopped, and given a whirl in a salad spinner
1 apple- chopped
1 pear- thinly sliced or chopped
1 persimmon- sliced into half moons
Lemon juice- for dressing
Combine all of the ingredients together and drizzle with lemon juice.
FYI- Costco sells bottles of pure lemon juice and huge bags of craisins.