Escarole Salad with Garlic Dressing (Salade à l'Ail)


 Terrific Green Salads



  • 1 head of escarole


  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Remove and discard any wilted or damaged leaves from the escarole, and cut the remainder into 2-inch pieces (you should have 5 to 6 cups). Fill a sink with cold water and swirl the escarole in it to remove any sand. Lift the escarole from the water and dry it in a salad spinner. (This can be done ahead; the greens will keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.)

  2. Up to 30 minutes before serving, whisk the dressing ingredients together in your salad bowl. Add the escarole, and toss well.


This recipe appears in Jacques Pépin's The Short-Cut Cook, published in paperback in 2001 by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.

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