market lady who always sells the freshest, crispiest organic salads at Vaison's Tuesday's and Saturday's famer's market? Quite a few local chefs buy their salads at her stall and recently I was there when she gave a salad recipe to one of them. When I asked her about it, because I had misheard something she told me the recipe too and added "but this is very simple peasant food, you might not like it". Well, most of Provençal food is rather simple peasant food and very tasty, so when I found myself with some salad and just a nice little bowl of soup for lunch today, I tried Madame's recipe for "Salade Paysanne".
You prepare a simple vinaigrette (3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, a small dollop of mustard, pepper and salt) into which you mix two soft boiled egg yolks. I did this by vigorously shaking all ingredients in a screw top jar. You then finely chop the cooked eggwhites, sprinkle them into the salad et voilà - Salade Paysanne. Nothing spectacular, but the egg yolks give a wonderful creaminess to the vinaigrette that makes you mop up every drop of the salad sauce.