After all the rich food of the past few weeks a simple green salad looks and tastes wonderful. This is one of my favorites because the flavors compliment each other so well. The fresh lemon juice in the dressing provides tartness to balance the bacon and grated parmesan. And the fresh, crisp romaine makes me feel that I’m once again eating something healthy. This was the signature salad at Canlis Restaurant, an ultra high end spot that was at it’s height here in Portland in the 1960’s and 70’s. We didn’t have a lot of skyscrapers back then and this beautiful restaurant at the top of the Hilton Hotel had a stunning view of the city. This was a special occasion destination.
- 2 heads romaine lettuce
- 2 peeled tomatoes
- 3 ounces olive oil
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon mint, fresh or dried
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 egg, coddled
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 cup freshly grated cheese
- 1 cup croutons
To make the dressing combine oilive oil, lemon juice, pepper, mint and oregano. Whisk in coddled egg until frothy and well blended.
Combine lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, parmesan cheese and bacon in a large salad bowl. Just before serving add croutons and dressing. Simple and so delicious.