Olaf Breuning’s Daily Salad

Julia Sherman

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It should come as no surprise that Olaf Breuning doesn’t keep a routine in the studio. An artist with an impressively dynamic practice that spans body painting, photography, large public works, and smoke bomb sculptures, Olaf is constantly searching for a challenge, except when it comes to lunch. Ever since he turned 40, he has prepared the same salad every day in an effort to eat more mindfully. Like so many of us, Olaf was dizzied by the ever-changing landscape of the health and wellness sphere. To simplify the process of eating well, he made a commitment to salad, lightly tossed in oil and vinegar, seasoned with salt and pepper. The reasoning behind this, he says, is that no one talks shit about salad, so how could you go wrong? 

But this is not an entirely perfunctory act. Olaf really enjoys preparing and eating his salad, especially since he started using the brightly colored bowls he created with Swiss design studio, Atelier Pfister. I visited Olaf at his country house, where he allowed me to photograph and join him in his daily ritual. When he was done chopping and tossing, and the random mélange of vegetables were dressed to his liking, we took the salad outside, lit some smoke bombs, and called it lunch. 

INGREDIENTS

3 cups (approximately) of any combination of the vegetables you have in the fridge; this is a “more is more” approach 
1 package (10 ounces) of mesclun greens, washed and spun

1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
5 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine oil and vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to emulsify the oil. Chop your vegetables into ½ inch pieces and add to the bowl (Olaf used boiled beets, hardboiled eggs, raw cremini mushrooms, raw fennel, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper). Toss to coat. Just before serving, add greens and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

 
Olaf Breuning, Mr. Yellow Beet Eye
Olaf Breuning, Mr. Yellow Beet Eye

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The Arachnean
Fernand Deligny

The Body’s Night An Interview with Philippe Grandrieux
Nicole Brenez

The Factory
Vilém Flusser

Lights Out
Wyatt Niehaus

Bernard Stiegler on Automatic Society
As told to
Anaïs Nony

Olaf Breuning’s Daily Salad
Julia Sherman

RO/LU
Interviewed by Jonathan Thomas

The Tower
Paul Legault

Center Spread
Sanya Kantarovsky

Liz Deschenes
Interviewed by Jonathan Bruce Williams

WANT NOT
Jonathon Atkinson

Fardaous Funjab
Meriem Bennani

Chef Gavin Kaysen
Interviewed by Cameron Keith Gainer

Okkyung Lee
As told to C. Spencer Yeh

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