Making an Easy Salad With Mixed Baby Greens

Mesclun is a salad mix of assorted small, young salad leaves which originated in Provence, France. The name comes from Provençal mescla, and literally means “mixture.” The traditional Provençal mesclun includes chervil, arugula, leaf lettuces, and endive in equal proportions. Modern American iterations may include an undetermined mix of fresh and available leaf lettuces, spinach, arugula, chard, mustard greens, dandelion, curly endive, escarole, mizuna, mâche (lamb’s lettuce), radicchio, sorrel, chicory, watercress, parsley, […]

Choosing Chard

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about chard in the fourth century B.C. The ancient Greeks, and later the Romans, used chard for its medicinal properties. It was prized by Mediterranean cooks for flavoring soups and rice dishes. It became a popular vegetable in Sicily and in Provence, especially in Nice. It was grown abundantly around the […]