Prep and Cook Time: about 25 minutes. Notes: This salad is especially attractive with whole lettuce leaves of contrasting colors and shapes, such as tender Brunia (or another red oak-leaf variety), the bright green Black-seeded Simpson, and frilly, scarlet-fringed Lollo Rosso.
12 baguette slices (each about 1/4 in. thick), cut diagonally
3 tablespoons roasted hazelnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
5 oz. tender lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry between two dish towels
1 cup edible flower petals such as rose or calendula, or pansy blossoms (optional), rinsed and drained