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Skill Shop #3 : A Proper Green Salad

I’m usually a very calm person but certain things really get on my nerves; especially regarding the very simple and straight forward things. However, it seems the more we are exposed to an information overload nowadays, with anything and everything we need at the touch of our fingertips, we tend to lose grip on the basic standards. What do i mean? Never thought you’d ask:

- With the advent of iphone photography people don’t bring their real cameras around anymore, even though the quality is better. Your memories are grainy and not high res by the end of the day.
- Running shoes have become an extension to our feet, so much that we have forgotten to land on our fore sole (a movement now being promoted). I’m trying to learn now how to run this way, its tough, but the speed increase is noticeable.
- Salads have become a meal, something i love and agree with, but with all these bells and whistles being added where does the produce shine?

I can’t walk into a restaurant anymore and be confident in ordering a Simple Green Salad, because i have no idea if they’ll do it right.

It’s easy, crisp greens and a light sauce that coats every leaf perfectly.

This is one of the best side dishes EVER, which is why i wanted to make it a Skill Shop.

Simple: take a bowl, line it with crushed garlic, discard the garlic, put in 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of sherry vinegar, juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper, 1 tsp of mustard.

For the greens make sure to wash them in cold water and drain/dry them really well before adding them to the sauce. Toss lightly and enjoy.

I added a quick fish filet on the vid for those who can’t just eat a salad :)

 

49 COMMENTS

    1. Hannah May 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      That’s true! Eating out is now harder than ever because you never know what’s in your food. And the store-bought dressings… just ugh. They put too much unnecessary ingredients. Anyway, thank you for this :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

        bingo!

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    1. ellen16 May 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Simple and yummy!. Thanx for this chef. :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

        im not a chef! but thank you :)

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    1. Debbie May 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I find simple foods with minimal ingredients to be the most delicious. I always whip up my own dressing for my salads: olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and paprika, sometimes adding garlic or red onion to liven things up.

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

        exactly!

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    1. Cha May 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Very simple indeed. I will definitely try this one! I noticed you changed the opening credits, i love it.

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

        straight forward and tasty

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    1. Lav May 26, 2012 at 4:37 am

      Salad + no dressing = Yay me! weird but yeah.Lol this one looks really good though

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

        so just leaves? not my thing

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        1. Lav May 28, 2012 at 4:44 am

          Lol no. imagine an apple pecan chicken salad without dressing. i can’t just eat leaves. Lol

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          1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

            still you need something to bind it all together! like olive oil and salt and pepper at least!

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    1. Maria Acenita May 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Erwan, just a tip from you, if we are working at night what’s the best exercise to do? I work 6pm to 5;30 am manila time. Im gaining wait because my metabolism is running slow because of my schedule. I need to lose weight I need help..

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:48 am

        I have a friend who works that same hours as you and he’s a triathlete. He runs at 6am, then goes to sleep. Wakes up at 3pm and works out again from 4-5pm.

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        1. tinkerbell May 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

          Im out from work at 7am I run for an hour eat a healthy meal and sleep. Simple as that! it keeps me fit and healthy:)

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          1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

            exactly right!

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        1. julee samodal June 2, 2012 at 5:54 am

          it’s not good if you run without sleep, right?

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          1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

            well when i run at 7pm after 12 hours of work, what do you consider that?

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    1. anthony c. monteiro May 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

      nice one,… as always… very simple… i’m hooked with your blog.. very informative… thanks for sharing your knowledge re food and health…keep it up, God bless you..

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

        thank you for reading!

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    1. Justin Torres May 29, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Nice. Can I ask for tips or pointer on how to choose the right type of greens for a certain type of dressing, say an oil based dressing or a mayo based one? Thanks!

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

        anything goes really with fresh greens, i dont like using white sauce cause i find it ruins the taste of the greens

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    1. Allana Mendoza May 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

      I will try this later… Simple and Yummy :)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

        great!

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    1. tinkerbell May 30, 2012 at 1:19 am

      the easiest green salad recipe! thanx:)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

        nothing beats it

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    1. lyn June 1, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Black Keys for the opening credits. Awesomesauce.

      Anyway, I just want to share that when I was much younger, I used to abhor eating salad. I hated it on sight. But eventually, as I grew up (and realized that my metabolism wasn’t getting any faster), I learned to incorporate leafy green vegetables into my diet. Now, I can’t last a day without eating salad at least once w/ every meal. And, I’ve cut down on eating junk. Made me feel so much lighter and better.

      So kudos Erwan! It is possible! :D

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

        black keys are killing it!

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    1. Em June 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

      I’ve tried your salad dressing recipe twice and am convinced that I will probably never buy Italian dressing ever again! Thanks for the tip. Also, I’m not sure if you’ve discussed this from a previous post but could you teach us how to temper eggs? I tried making carbonara and it turned into a scrambled egg spaghetti….

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

        please put that italian dressing down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Ya i’ll do a carbonara post, good idea.

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    1. Daisy June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Oh erwan!! You inspire me to cook and make a blog. Thank you for the info.

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

        thanks for dropping by

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    1. margheritarocks June 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

      is sherry vinegar available in a grocery store?

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

        where else ?

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    1. Jayclops June 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      What are your favorite greens? What did you use here? Is it good to mix 2-3 types of greens?

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

        go for it!

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    1. Marie June 9, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Your blog entries are very helpful to me! I just moved out to a small apartment with the cutest kitchen and I can’t cook but watching your vids and reading your posts helped me. Now, my parents, sibs and boyfriend love me even more! Thanks. And this salad is classic. Amazing!

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    1. Nathan June 21, 2012 at 3:45 am

      will rice vinegar works just as fine as sherry vinegar?

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

        Not as great

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    1. Gal June 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Agreed. I like your blog, very informative and the photo looks yummy :P
      btw what kind of mustard you use?

      Can’t wait to go home and make this :D
      thanks

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:58 am

        dijon :)

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    1. Zaleha Dollente June 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

      when making salad dressings, which would be nicer to use, the olive oil or the extra virgin olive oil? can please tell me what’s the difference.:) thank you.

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

        evoo

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    1. roma July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      tried it, loved it! tnx

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

        thanks roma

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    1. Keff October 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

      Made is salad for lunch and i added cucumber and carrots on ‘em.. Yum! Thanks erwan! Keep it up.

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      1. Erwan October 31, 2012 at 4:26 am

        that works:)

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    1. Emilyn December 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

      The best salad dressing ever! Thank you for this. I’ll be home in the Phils for the holidays… Just wondering -where can I find sherry vinegar in Manila?

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    1. Angelique June 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      passionate with cooking too :)
      Sir, what was that green peas like you saute with the fillet?

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I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.

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