3 heads little gem lettuces, or one small head romaine, washed and spun
6 radishes, washed and trimmed
1 Armenian or 2 Persian cucumbers, or a few lemon cucumbers
Small handful basil leaves
Small handful parsley leaves
Small handful of cilantro leaves
Small handful dill sprigs
1 ripe avocado
Make the Vinaigrette
In a small glass, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, and 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
Add the smashed clove of garlic and season with salt.
Stir to combine and use a lettuce leaf to taste the dressing. It should be pleasantly acidic.
Adjust salt and acid as needed.
Cook the Eggs
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and gently lower the eggs in.
Get a bowl of ice water ready.
Boil for 8 minutes, then transfer to ice water.
If the eggs are very fresh, they might be difficult to peel; I find cracking the shells and leaving them in the ice water for fifteen minutes makes peeling easier. Peel the eggs and set aside.
Prepare the Salad
This salad has four parts: the base of egg and avocado, the lettuce and herb mix, and the shaved radishes and cucumbers.
Make the lettuce and herb mix by tossing the lettuce leaves with the picked herbs. If you don’t have all of them available, just used whatever you do have on hand—tarragon, chervil, basil, parsley, cilantro, and dill work wonderfully in any combination, and they lend a lovely freshness to the dish.
Shave the radishes and cucumbers:
Stripey peel the cucumbers, leaving about half of the skin on, and shave them using a mandolin or a sharp knife into 1/8-inch-thich slices.
Shave the radishes in the same way.
Assemble the Salad
Halve the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Place on a large platter, not too perfectly.
Halve and pit the avocado, then season with salt. Use a dinner spoon to scoop out spoonfuls and place amongst the eggs.
Dress the lettuces in a large mixing bowl with just enough vinaigrette to coat and a pinch of salt—but first, remove the garlic clove and give the dressing a good stir to mix it up.
Taste the lettuces and if needed, add another squeeze of lemon.
Gently mound the lettuces atop the eggs and avocado.
Finally, dress the crunchies with vinaigrette and a pinch of salt, until they taste just right, and sprinkle them over the lettuces.