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What salad would go with this herbed rack of lamb?

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E_M Dec 6, 2010 03:07 AM

First, let me thank all you CHs for your everlasting supply of patience as you help me become a better cook. You saved my Thanksgiving Day stuffing and cranberry sauce, and helped me make a yummy salmon.

Here is my question. I am making this herbed rack of lamb for dinner: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... . It has basil, pecorino Romano cheese, and herbs in the crust, making it a very potent, buy yummy dish. I want to supplement the meal with a salad that will serve as the main dish for a part-time vegetarian but a side dish for the rest of us. The part-timer likes salads with cheese, nuts, and pears, but I didn't know if that would be too much. When I made the lamb over the weekend, our normal romaine salad didn't seem to complement the lamb.

So. Can you recommend a salad that would be a wonderful accompaniment to this herb and cheese lamb?

Thanks so much.

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    scunge Dec 6, 2010 05:08 AM

    A simple lemon juice and Extra Virgin Olive oil on the lettuce .I would refrain from adding dried herbs ( fresh may be better) to the salad.I often enjoy sliced fennel /anise orange pieces ,red onion and good mixed olives either room temperature or sweated in a saute EVO &Balsamic Serve the add-ons separately on a platter for your veg guest .....enjoy

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      katecm Dec 6, 2010 08:39 AM

      Fennel and orange was my first thought, too! Goat cheese is nice with that, helping to bulk it up a bit for the vegetarian.

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        E_M Dec 6, 2010 10:39 AM

        Orange and goat cheese won't clash with dijon mustard, basil, pecorino romano, and herbs?

        Is there any specific lettuce you recommend? I wasn't impressed with our romaine.

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          Gail Dec 6, 2010 10:45 AM

          Butter lettuce

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            Euonymous Dec 6, 2010 12:15 PM

            Arugula or watercress (perhaps mixed with butter lettuce to cut down the cost) would be very nice. They both have a good, peppery edge to them.

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