Ben Benson’s Special Salad

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Ben Benson’s in New York City is best known for its ne-plus-ultra prime steaks (and hash browns); but just about everything else on the menu is a cut above, too. This house salad is so hearty that it makes a nice vegetarian meal for two people … or a side course for four.

3 medium-size cucumbers: peeled, seeded, roughly chopped
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup salad oil
12 medium spears asparagus: peeled, blanched, and cooled, sliced to 1/2-inch lengths
2 cups diced green beans, blanched and cooled
2 medium-size tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (not skinned or seeded)
1 small can hearts of palm, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/2 cup thinly chopped iceberg lettuce
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
optional: 2 anchovy fillets, diced

Combine all ingredients

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