Sweetened vinaigrettes are a useful way of adding sweetness to a salad. Here, honey is combined with a bitter-sour walnut oil and lemon juice vinaigrette, which in turn underlines the bitter-sweet nature of the lettuce leaves and walnuts. The salty feta cheese helps reinstate the salad's savoury nature.
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
5 tbsp walnut oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
3 Romaine lettuce hearts
3 green onions, trimmed and finely sliced
A handful of fresh mint leaves
1 cup roughly crumbled good Canadian feta cheese
A handful of walnuts
Step 1: Whisk together the honey, lemon juice and walnut oil. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Step 2: Separate the lettuce leaves, discarding any tough outer leaves. Wash and spin dry, then place in a large salad bowl. Rip the particularly large leaves. Add the sliced green onions, mint leaves, feta cheese and walnuts. When ready to serve, rewhisk the vinaigrette, pour on to the salad and gently mix. Serve immediately as a refreshing starter.