Simple green salad

This is so simple that I am debating whether to put it alongside the meal I had it with, or put it separate as its own entry. I am going to make it a separate entry because you can have this with anything! This is inspired again by a salad recipe in the NY Times. The main thing is a sprinkling of orange flower water. The moment I tasted it, I was SOLD. Who wouldn’t think of adding a bit of orange flower water in their salad?! It makes incredible sense!


2 cups lettuce

1 cup arugula

salt and pepper

a few drops of orange flower water

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp grated hard cheese (Parmesan, Grana Padano etc)


1. Wash the lettuce and arugula, drain and tear by hand. Place in a bowl.

2. Sprinkle with the rest of the ingredients and stir. (if you’re not happy with the flavor add more of the thing you are missing (if it’s too sour, you can add some water, but usually the cheese I find absorbs if there is too much acid and mellows it out). Done!

(note: I’ve tried making this with balsamic vinegar and the orange flower water does not work well with it. You can make the salad with balsamic instead of lemon and omit the flavouring, the salad would be equally delicious)


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