Monday, March 25, 2013

Canlis Salad eases the pain of detox for Mark and Lynn...

Lynn has been on a serious detox of late but somehow she manages to pull out the stops and make some great stuff that doesn't feel like we are descending into deprivation. One of our favorites is the Canlis Salad (so named for the Seattle restaurant where it originated).  This salad's flavor and heft is particularly satisfying as is the egg based dressing.  No doubt this will be part of Lynn's rotation long after our detox has ended...


  • 2 heads of romaine, outer leaves discarded, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed fresh Italian bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese


Wash the lettuce in cold water, dry thoroughly and put in the refrigerator to chill.
In a large pan set over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until it is nearly crisp, then remove to a bowl. Drain off all but one tablespoon of fat, then add the bread cubes to the pan and toss to coat. Bring heat to low and toast, tossing the bread occasionally with a spoon until it is crisp. Remove to another bowl.
Make the dressing. Place a whole egg in its shell into a coffee cup, then pour boiling water over the top. Allow the egg to cook for 60 seconds, then remove it. Rinse with water until cool. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, then crack the coddled egg into the bowl and whisk again, vigorously, to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
In a salad bowl, combine cold lettuce, scallions, mint, oregano and the reserved bacon. Toss with enough dressing to coat the lettuce, then top with the tomatoes, the croutons and a goodly shower of cheese.

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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