INSALATA DI LATTUGA Y GORGONZOLA (romaine and walnut salad with gorgonzola vinaigrette, for six)
Lettuce was a valuable crop in the ancient world and had great medical, religious and cultural importance. Classical mythology claimed that Adonis was hidden by Venus in a bed of romaine lettuce where he was killed by a foraging wild boar. As a result, lettuce was included in funeral feasts in ancient Greece and Rome.
1 head romaine
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
¼ pound gorgonzola
½ cup shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted
- Pull off and discard any of the romaine’s bruised or blemished outer leaves. Detach the rest from the core and tear them into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly.
- Put the olive oil, vinegar, salt and a few grindings of pepper into the salad bowl. Beat them 2 or 3 times with a fork. Add half of the gorgonzola and mash it well with the fork.
- Add half the walnuts, all the lettuce and toss thoroughly. Taste and correct for seasoning.
- Top with the remaining gorgonzola, cut into small nuggets, and the rest of the chopped walnuts.