CHRISTMAS PISTACHIO NUT SALAD
Pistachio nut vinaigrette served over crisp leaf lettuce! Perfect for the holidays!
5 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. white wine tarragon vinegar
couple dashes garlic powder
20 whole pistachio nuts, shelled and crushed to a paste
salt to taste
1 med. head green leaf lettuce, washed, crisped and torn into a little larger than bite-size pieces
freshly ground black pepper
In small bowl combine olive oil, vinegar and garlic powder. Stir with fork or wire whisk till thickened. Add nut paste; stir till thoroughly incorporated, then salt to taste.
Place greens in salad bowl. Pour dressing over; toss to coat; sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve.
Notes: If using a large head of lettuce, then make more dressing.
Crush nuts to a paste by using a mortar and pestle, or place in plastic bag; pound with flat side of hammer-head till crushed, then pour onto plastic board and roll and pound repeatedly with rolling-pin till a paste is achieved.
You guessed it by the name, I developed this salad one year at Christmas.