This elegant riff on the salad classic subs smoked salmon for anchovies, resulting in a creamy, tangy dressing pleasingly akin to Italian tonnato. Fast and simple, this salad also comes together in a single bowl. Easy clean-up makes it ideal for a workday lunch or the first course at an impromptu dinner party.
2 slices crusty bread, 1 to 1½-inches thick, or a 4-inch piece baguette
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 ounce smoked salmon, very finely minced (about ¼ cup minced salmon) Available In Our Premium Subscription Box
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, grated
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for serving
1 large romaine heart, trimmed and halved lengthwise, and torn into large pieces
Toast the Croutons
Position a rack 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler. Tear the bread into large, rustic chunks and toss on a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Toast, turning halfway through, until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully, as broilers vary widely.
Make the Dressing
In a large bowl, whisk together the Parmesan, smoked salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper until well-combined. Whisking constantly, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl in a steady drizzle. Taste and season with salt.
Finish and Serve
Add the romaine and croutons to the bowl and toss to coat. Transfer to 2 plates, dividing evenly, then top with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan and more pepper.
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Pair it Up
A crisp white wine like albariño or sauvignon blanc will cut through the rich dressing.
Spice It Up
Add ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to the dressing for added spice.
If you don’t have bread on hand, toast ½ cup of panko bread crumbs under the broiler for 2 minutes or until golden brown, then immediately transfer to a bowl and season with salt.
Change It Up
Make a double batch of dressing and toss the rest with canned tuna for an elevated tuna salad sandwich.