Iceberg Lettuce Salad with Tangy Tomato-Tarragon “French” Dressing

Here’s a retro salad with a decidedly modern dressing that you’ll want to start putting on all your salads!


  • 1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Salt and pepper


Place lettuce in salad bowl and top with carrots and cherry tomatoes.

In a bowl, combine vinegar and sugar, then whisk in tomato paste. Add tarragon leaves and whisk in EVOO in a slow, thin stream. Season dressing with salt and pepper, to your taste. Pour dressing over salad and serve.

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