Ila's Salad With Lemon Garlic Dressing

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Serve this salad with "Ila's Souvlakia". This originally came from Food Network ... Ila has spiced it up a bit!


  1. To make the Dressing: Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt. In a bowl whisk together garlic paste, lemon juice, vinegar, zest, and pepper and whisk in oil until emulsified. (Dressing may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring dressing to room temperature before serving.)
  2. To make the Salad: Cut 1-inch florets from broccoli, reserving remainder for another use. Separate romaine into leaves. (Broccoli and romaine may be prepared 1 day
  3. ahead and chilled in airtight containers.)
  4. Have ready a large bowl of ice and cold water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook broccoli until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes, and drain in a colander. Plunge broccoli into ice water to stop cooking and drain well.
  5. Peel carrots and finely shred with a mandolin or other manual slicer or in a food processor. Halve onion lengthwise and slice very thin crosswise.
  6. Arrange vegetables and anchovies decoratively on platters and in serving bowls sprinkling with swiss cheese and pour dressing into a cruet.
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This was a very good, flavorful salad. I made a few minor alterations to speed up preparation: I used a bag of chopped hearts of romaine, pre-shredded carrots, and built it in a large salad bowl. I also used only a few slices of red onion as my onion was huge. I layered romaine, carrot shreds, broccoli florets, red onion, anchovies, and shredded cheese (I used Emantaler). I poured dressing over the salad, and left some for people to add if they wanted it more heavily dressed. The salad had a bold flavor that paired well with our grilled steaks. The dressing complemented the flavors very well; I reduced the zest a little (I was hurrying), but I think next time I'll use the full amount. All in all, DH & I enjoyed this very much (DS less so, but what can you expect from a 5yo?). Thanks so much for posting, Hill Family! Made for Everyday is a Holiday tag game.

Halcyon Eve June 24, 2009