Servings: Serves 4–6
Toast the walnuts by placing them in a small, dry frying pan. Turn the heat to medium, toss and shake back and forth until the walnuts have browned and released their fragrant oils, about 4 to 5 minutes. You will be able to smell the aroma. Be careful not to burn the walnuts or they will end up tasting rancid. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
Place the butter lettuce in a salad bowl.
In a small bowl, add the shallots, Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar and whisk together well until all of the ingredients are emulsified.
Sprinkle salt over the lettuce, then pour 5 tablespoons of the dressing over the lettuce and gently toss. Taste, and if you feel the salad is too dry and needs more dressing, add 1 tablespoon at a time.
Evenly distribute the lettuce among 4 to 6 plates and garnish with feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, parsley and walnuts. Serve with a piece of crusty sour dough baguette that you have warmed in the oven at 350° for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Published on January 20, 2010