The weather in Johannesburg has been so extremely hot recently that salads appeal more than a hot meal. I came across some fresh baby gem lettuce in my local supermarket and decided to throw together a salad for some vegetarian friends who were coming around to visit.
Even lettuce has history – the Egyptians first cultivated lettuce as early as 4500 BC for the edible oil in the seeds rather than the greens – it may have been considered an aphrodisiac. The Romans introduced lettuce to Britain and it was only in the 18th century that the English started using lettuce leaves in a salad.
BABY GEM LETTUCE SALAD
1 pack of baby gem lettuces
Croutons (readymade from Woolies – or make your own using 3 slices of bread)
50gr walnuts, roughly chopped
¼ cup sunflower seeds
Shavings of parmesan cheese
Honey mustard vinaigrette
Cut the lettuce into wedges, rinse and arrange on a platter.
Arrange the croutons, walnuts, sunflower seeds on top.
Scatter some shavings of parmesan cheese .
Pour over the honey mustard vinaigrette just before serving.
Delicious, healthy and effortless to make.