Salad with Devil’s Rain Dressing a la Nero Wolfe


You can’t see the salad dressing very well in the bowl of greens but it’s there and it was tasty. Also water cress is spicy!

More recipes from Nero Wolfe and also eats from the great DQ birthday party. First, as always, the source material.

And for the people who want to keep their sanity, the typed version:

INGREDIENTS
GREENS:
1 head each – curly endive, romaine, Bibb lettuce
1 small bunch watercress
2-3 stalks of celery sliced diagonally
1/2 cup carrot curls
2 small cooked beets grated

DRESSING:
3 cloves garlic, peeled
10 English walnuts shelled and toasted
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbl minced chives
1 tsp salt
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tarragon wine vinegar
1/4 cup dry red wine

INSTRUCTIONS
Place everything but the greens in a blender, blend on low for 20 seconds. If the walnuts have not been chopped fine blend 10 seconds more. If you prefer a less smooth sauce, crush garlic and walnuts in a mortar until you have a paste adding a few drops of olive oil to help with the mashing. Then add the dry mustard, cayenne pepper, chives, salt, and olive oil. Whisk for a few moments, then slowly add the vinegar and wine and blend thoroughly. Correct the seasoning. Break the salad greens into pieces and add the watercress, celery, and carrot curls. Pour on the dressing and toss lightly. Sprinkle the grated beets on top. Serves 6-8.

PRODUCTION NOTES
1. I found romaine and curly endive but no Bibb lettuce so I just sort of improvised with a bag of fancy greens. I did find watercress though, I was surprised. The watercress came still rooted in dirt too…I guess that’s the fanCAY new way of doing greens.

2. We subbed cashews in for walnuts because we don’t like walnuts.

3. We apologize to Nero Wolfe for not making the dressing fresh at the table because DQ’s house doesn’t really lend itself to making duck and dressing at the same time so we made it ahead of time. We’re bad, we know, we shall accept the fact that this means we probably won’t get sandwiches.

4. We had celery but we forgot to add it. We also forgot to add beats which I also bought. They are still sitting on my counter though so we could have them now I suppose.

5. We made this in a small sized grinder fella (spice grinder I believe) but a bigger grinder/choppery thing would have worked out much better. I wish I had a mortar and pestle…not to have made this recipe, although it might have worked better, but because it would be cool to have a mortar and pestle.

6. Devil’s rain dressing is spiCAY hot! Also, watercress by itself has a radishy like bite so between the dressing and the greens this was one zippy salad. It was tasty though; both the dressing and the amalgamation of lettuces.


2009: Still looking for Bibb lettuce and not updating.

2008: Today’s recipe is pretty short and sweet (heh) but dang does it make a delicious fall drink.

2007: Ummm…WHAT CAN THAT BE OVER THERE!!!

2006: JSFR: Caramel Pocky.

2005: Caramel Pocky Cider would be awesome! Lemmie think about that and not update.

2004: I’ve only ever made donuts once and I do believe they are on my surprisingly short list of Ultimate Kitchen Disasters We Do Not Talk About.

2003: Oh…was there nothing there? Well there is nothing here either. Sorry that.

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