In last weeks posting, the OO Choy Sum Salad, I wrote about same ingredients being called from among multiple names depending on the international flavor of the market. This week I’ve learned that multiple names for same heirloom lettuces is also quite common.
One of the reasons, according to author, and renowned Master Heirloom Gardner, William Woys Weaver, is that the seeds from these lettuces, having been distributed by varying companies over time, were then sold with newly created names, although the heirloom lettuce plant actually remains the same. You can read a more detailed article by Weaver on heirloom lettuces on Mother Earth News linked here.
This spring the local garden nursery was bursting with a great variety of beautiful lettuces and one of the new picks called, Heirloom German Speckled Trout Lettuce. Aren’t the leaves so pretty? Delicate yet crisp, the bright green leaves are so named for their resemblance to the speckled trout. Clever resemblance really. Now I’m not sure if the seeds originated via Germany, although we do have some very strong German roots in this region and so indeed it is quite possible.
With abundant planters currently filled with varieties of mixed leafs just off my kitchen, still, with its clean, fresh, not bitter flavor, I couldn’t get it out of my mind to at least once serve up the leaves by themselves in a salad topped with some smoked trout, hence our delicious and easy to put together dish for today, Heirloom German Speckled Trout Lettuce, Smoked Trout, Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.
- 4-5 cups Heirloom German Speckled Trout Lettuce leaves
- 2 smoked trout filet cut into small bite sized pieces (may be found at Trader Joe's)
- 1 small red onion, cut into very thin half moons
- chive or thyme blossoms for garnish, optional
- pinch coarse kosher salt
- pinch cracked black pepper
- pinch sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 lemon, juiced, seeded (2 tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Toss lettuce with the dressing, decoratively arrange and stack leaves around plate, top with onion and pieces of smoked trout. Garnish with chive or thyme blossoms.
- Into a mixing bowl, sprinkle in the salt, pepper, sugar. Pour in the lemon juice then whisk in olive oil a bit at a time whisking until emulsified. Stir through the poppy seeds. Check seasoning, adding in a bit more of any desired ingredient to taste.