Green Salad Scented with Sesame Oil

Green Salad Scented with Sesame OilRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Although Jefferson entertained lavishly, he ate simply on his own. He especially enjoyed salads made with the fresh herbs and lettuces grown at Monticello. When he failed at cultivating olives, he turned to sesame plants and pressed the seeds for oil to dress his salads.


6 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 65
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Fat 2.5 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Monofat 1 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 2.2 g
Carbohydrate 10.1 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 138 mg
Calcium 61 mg


8 cups salad greens
4 cups mâche
2 cups thinly sliced Belgian endive (about 2 heads)
1 cup orange sections
1 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon light-colored sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine vinegar, juice, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour over salad, tossing gently to coat. Serve immediately.