The Canlis Salad

The Canlis Salad

Ready in 45 minutes

In the 1960's my parents used to go to the Canlis restaurant on a regular basis - it was their favorite restaurant. My mother has passed on this recipe and we had it on special occasions when I was growing up. We moved away from Seattle almost 40 years ago; however, we still enjoy this recipe. There our several versions of this on the site - each one a little different.

"The Canlis Salad is a classic and pairs very well with most main dishes."

- stevemur

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2 large head Romaine
2 Tomatoes; peeled
1/4 cup Romano Cheese; freshly grated
1 pound Bacon; cooked, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Mint; fresh chopped
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
3 ounce olive oil
2 Lemon; juice of
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper; freshly ground
1 Egg; coddled
1/4 cup Green Onions; sliced
1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder

Original recipe makes 6



Wash drain and shred lettuce. Wash and chop tomatoes, then grate cheese. Mix ingredients for dressing. Rub serving bowl with olive oil and garlic powder.

Place lettuce, tomatoes bacon and cheese in the bowl. Pour dressing over all. Toss well and toss for each serving. Ingredients for dressing - olive oil, lemon juice, ground pepper, chopped mint leaves, oregano and coddled egg.


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The Canlis Salad is a classic and pairs very well with most main dishes.
stevemur 2 years ago
This salad is amazing and it's awesome that the recipe is available online. Salad is such a simple, fundamental dish that is easy to do well and extremely difficult to do extraordinarily. The key to the perfection of the Canlis Salad as opposed to just another tasty green salad lies in the exacting process and selection of ingredients that Mark Canlis is known for. The way the recipe is described on the Canlis website, it is suggested that the lettuce be CUT as opposed to shredded. This may sound trivial but cutting the leaves reduces the amount of sensitive surface area exposed to air, which reduces wilting. Additionally, the recipe calls for washing the lettuce in warm water, drying completely and then refrigerating. I don't know what natural porcesses occur, but cold lettuce certainly has a much more pleasant crispness to it, and avoiding wilting is clearly the primary goal for the preparation of the lettuce. Next, the Official Canlis recipe suggests using cherry tomatoes. This is just speculation, but I find cherry tomatoes to be more acidic that other varities, and acidity is an integral component of brightening and embellishing flavors in food (acid+salt+fat=delicious). Once again, this might sound trivial, but all of these minor details contibute to perfection on the plate. Probably the biggest difference between this recipe and the official one is the substitution of garlic powder for fresh garlic in the dressing.... HUGE difference... nuff said... Finally, this is once again my own reflections on the recipe, not part of the official MC Salad recipe, but in the restaurant, they use big chunks of really thick sliced, high quality (probably house smoked) bacon. This is sort of a captain obvious comment in that, the better ingredients you use, the better the end product will taste, but in the interest of frugality, the ingredients that I think are most important to be discerning about are the bacon, tomatoes and the Romano, or the three ingredients responsible for the fat, salt and acid in the dish... Other than the dressing of course... I recognize that it's impractical to expect people to go to such lengths for a salad but try it once the way Mark Canlis intended it to be made and I gaurantee it will be worth while...
GastroGeek 4 years ago
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JackGustafson 4 years ago
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stevemur 8 years ago
I didn't see the green onions you use in the ingredient list.
bradfox 8 years ago
[I posted this recipe.]
stevemur 9 years ago
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