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Greens And Fried Oysters With Pernod Buttermilk Dressing

  • Yield: 4 first-course salads


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Pernod
  • 24 Fried Oysters
  • 4 cups assorted greens (arugula, frisÈe, radicchio, watercress, mustard, or other salad greens)
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecan pieces


  • Beat the egg in large bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil, then the buttermilk. Continue whisking as you add the garlic, green onions, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and Pernod. Whisk until thoroughly emulsified. Makes about 1 cup.
  • Prepare the Fried Oysters and keep warm.
  • Add the greens to the dressing in the bowl and toss. Add the pecan pieces and toss again.
  • To serve, mound about 1 cup salad on each of 4 plates. Arrange 5 oysters around each mound of greens and place another oyster on top. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Note: Preheat the oven to 375?F. Place the pecans or other nuts on a baking sheet in the oven and roast until golden and fragrant, for about 5 to 6 minutes. Watch carefully to be sure they donít burn. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks.