YIELD Makes 6 servings
|3||tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar|
|2||tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil|
|1/8||teaspoon black pepper|
|6||tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil|
|2||ripe medium tomatoes|
|1/3||cup pitted green olives|
|1/3||cup Italian- or Greek-style black olives|
|1||head leaf or red leaf lettuce|
|1||small head curly endive|
|2||heads Belgian endive|
- For dressing, place vinegar, basil, salt, pepper and sugar in blender or food processor. With motor running, add oil in slow steady stream until oil is thoroughly blended.
- Cut tomatoes into wedges. Combine tomatoes and green and black olives in medium bowl. Add dressing; toss lightly. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
- Rinse leaf lettuce and curly endive; drain well. Refrigerate greens until ready to assemble salad. Core Belgian endive and separate leaves; rinse and drain well.
- To serve, layer leaf lettuce, curly endive and Belgian endive leaves in large, shallow serving bowl.
- Remove tomatoes and olives with slotted spoon and place on top of greens. Spoon remaining dressing over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 30 minutes.
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