Sophie's Favorite Salad

Friday, April 18, 2008

Posted by Ann

I love this salad and, more importantly, so does my family-- especially my sixteen year old vegetarian daughter, Sophie. I got the idea from a friend out in Seattle years and years ago, though her salads were complex compositions while my version is about as simple as I can make it while retaining the lemony-garlic flavor. The strong bright lemon and garlic flavors in this salad make a particularly fine accompaniment for rich heavy main dishes such as macaroni and cheese or lasagna.

Warning: you must love raw garlic and have a willingness to get your hands messy and a tolerance for the smell of garlic on your fingers or the recipe won’t work properly.

Sophie dubbed it "Smelly Fingers Salad," when she was little and the name has stuck (though I don't announce the name to guests!).

Tear clean dry romaine leaves into a salad bowl. Add a large minced garlic clove, a lot of freshly ground black pepper, and as much grated Parmesan cheese as you prefer. Use your hands to make sure all of the lettuce is coated with garlic, pepper and cheese.

Peel two very large carrots. Using the peeler, shave off long thin leaves of carrot, letting them fall into the bowl. You want the carrot pieces to be thin and flexible, not stiff. You may have to experiment with peeler types to get it right. Use your hands to mix them into the lettuce.

Cut a lemon in half, remove the seeds, and squeeze the juice (one half at a time, checking for taste) over the salad, then drizzle the best olive oil you can afford over the lemon juice. Toss and adjust to taste. Grind some more black pepper over the top, toss again and serve.

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What fun -- it started out as a kind of Caesar salad and then went in a completely different direction! I'll definitely be trying this one.

April 19, 2008 at 5:48:00 AM GMT+2  

Ahh Garlic! Whats not to like? i remember thinking of the movie Sophie's Choice when I saw this post. Perhaps you could call the salad that too!! :)

Dharm said...
April 19, 2008 at 11:02:00 AM GMT+2  

Lydia, everyone (except garlic haters) loves this salad!

dharm, you know all of my articles are about cooking for Sophie-- finding a way to make one pescatarian and two omnivores happy-- and I actually thought of calling the series "Sophie's Choice," but it's a bit of a grim story so I refrained. :-)

Anonymous said...
April 19, 2008 at 2:42:00 PM GMT+2  

Wonderful that you are accomadating your daughter on her vegetarian diet. Is there really such a person as a garlic hater?

Meg Wolff said...
April 19, 2008 at 5:29:00 PM GMT+2  

I just love the name "Smelly Fingers Salad" - could open doors for interesting conversation

giz said...
April 19, 2008 at 9:36:00 PM GMT+2  

Meg, there are indeed garlic-haters, odd as that may seem to us lovers. :-)

giz, ha! That is exactly why I tend not to tell guests what we call it!

Anonymous said...
April 21, 2008 at 6:09:00 PM GMT+2  

"Smelly Fingers Salad" It sounds beautiful.

Andhra Flavors said...
April 29, 2008 at 7:38:00 AM GMT+2  

what an awesome name. I love wild garlic and this sounds simply lovely.

Meeta K. Wolff said...
May 14, 2008 at 8:59:00 PM GMT+2  

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