This is great as a sandwich spread, with whatever fillings you like. It’s also terrific on its own, as crostini or bruschetta. It makes a good burger or dog relish too. This recipe is a cousin of  the Lettuce Relish recipe from a few years back. You could also add some fresh or dried herbs, capers, olives, roasted red peppers–any number of additions.

8 c lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 – 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 small hot pepper, seeded and chopped, or 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes, or a dash or two hot pepper sauce, optional
3 – 4  T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T vinegar–balsamic, white wine, sherry, red wine…
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Put the lettuce leaves in a food processor and coarsely chop. Add the garlic and hot pepper and process until the lettuce is finely chopped. Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper and process until a puréed consistency is achieved. Or process to your preferred consistency–a textured consistency is good, too. Taste, and add more olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, if you think it’s necessary.