Mayan Jaguar Lettuce Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

The Mayan Jaguar lettuce lends itself to salads with strong, sharp flavors. Add some chicken (or more cheese, if you’re a vegetarian) and you’ve got a main dish salad. Note, this will serve 6 as a side dish

What You’ll Need

  • knife and chopping board
  • whisk
  • immersion blender, aka hand or stick blender
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • large bowl
  • salad tongs

Ingredients for the Salad

  • 1 head Mayan Jaguar lettuce (or other romaine)
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces, toasted
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded

Ingredients for the Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2/3-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp walnut or regular Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to Make the Vinaigrette

  1. Pour the vinegar into a bowl or tall container and add the salt. Whisk until the salt is dissolved
  2. Add the mustard, shallot, oil, and pepper. Using your immersion blender, blend the ingredients until emulsified and well mixed.
  3. Taste and add salt or pepper as necessary. The vinaigrette will keep, refrigerated, for a week.

How to Make the Salad

  1. Add the salad ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Toss with the about 1/3-1/2 of the vinaigrette. Add a little more if you like it more fully dressed.
  3. Serve immediately.

Rice Salad with Dried Cherries and Almonds

A recipe for Tart Cherry Weeks! Here’s a simple, savory use of dried sour cherries—in a salad that incorporates Persian and Middle Eastern flavors. Serves 4 as a side dish (and the recipe is easily doubled).

What You’ll Need

  • saucepan (to cook the rice)
  • bowl for the salad
  • skillet for toasting the almonds (if not already toasted)
  • spoon
  • jar for mixing the dressing
  • measuring cups (liquid and solid)
  • measuring spoons
  • cutting board and knife
  • juicer for the lemon


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock1
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus a little extra for the rice
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

Making the Rice Salad

  1. Rinse the rice. Warm a little olive oil to a saucepan, then add the rice, cooking until it is coated with the oil.
  2. Add the stock or water. Bring to a boil. Add some salt (1/2 to 1 tsp) if you are using low-sodium stock. Then give the rice a quick stir, cover, turn heat down to low, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then take off lid and fluff with a fork.
  3. When the rice is done cooking, place it in a bowl and let cool a bit (5 minutes).
  4. Add the cherries and almonds, incorporating them into the rice.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the rice mixture and mix it in well.
  6. Shake the oil and lemon juice in a jar until well mixed.
  7. Pour the dressing over the rice salad and mix well with a spoon.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Sprinkle the mint leaves over the salad, then mix with a spoon to incorporate them throughout.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This recipe is pretty basic and amenable to additions. You can add pistachio to (or in place of) the almonds. Some chopped green onions add flavor, as does a bit of cardamom. Include some cooked chicken and you’ve got a main dish.


1If you don’t have enough stock, you can use a mixture of stock and water or all water—just make sure you have 2 cups