Tea and Poetry: A Simple Green Salad

Ode to the Color Green
Pablo Neruda

And lettuce’s
green when it receives
chaste drops of lemon
extracted by an olive hand.

Fresh green lettuces are in grocery stores now and they don’t need much to make an extra special salad. Dress it with this simplest of Vinaigrettes:

½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup vinegar
¼ to ½ teaspoon prepared mustard
¾ cup olive oil

Add the first four ingredients to a jar or bowl. Shake or whisk until they are blended. Add the oil gradually, shaking or whisking between additions. Cover and refrigerate. Shake before using. This makes about 1 cup.