There are a lot of things I like about seasonal produce. A summer peach, a fall persimmon, a winter tangerine, the first stalk of rhubarb: each is most perfect in its own moment.
But then there are times when I stick my fingers in my ears: “la la la la la, I’m not listening!” Like when it becomes painfully apparent that lettuce is no longer in season. Some things I just can’t survive the winter without.This is a green salad to brighten your winter, full of lemony zing, celery crunch, and the wide-awake flavor of flat-leaf parsley. Thin shavings of Parmesan add a bit of substance to the salad, but I’d venture to say that the salad would be just as good with salty toasted pepitas instead of the cheese. It’s only the delicate, delectable leaves of lettuce that are irreplaceable.
Winter Salad with Celery and Parmesan: Wash and tear up a head of curly-leafed red lettuce or another delicate lettuce. Add lots of thinly sliced celery and a big handful of flat parsley leaves that have been plucked from their stems. Dress with olive oil, a pinch of salt, and lots of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Shower with Parmesan shavings just before serving.
And, of course, any of the Kale Salads