Today the what is the anatomy of a great salad question came up again and I said ya know…. I should just post it, that way in the future it’s simply a link away!
The Anatomy Of A GREAT Salad:
purchase local and organic whenever possible.
start with salad greens – iceberg doesn’t count
add additional greens or bitter: spinach, swiss chard, arugula, amaranth, kale, beet tops ..other?
rotate this from day to day, in other words – note: spinach is not the ONLY dark leafy green available
add fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill – other?
add 3-5 different colors of veggies: tri-color peppers, beets, carrots, purple cabbage, cucumbers, celery – cauliflower or broccoli sprinkles ( chopped fine vs florets), radishes, think color and think variety – the potential is endless – rotate this from day to day
add crunch: nuts, seeds, fried noodles
add fun: artichoke hearts, sprouts, cheese, avocado
consider also adding dried or fresh fruit
a salad combo i love to make – red leaf lettuce, baby spinach leaves, rainbow swiss chard strips, cilantro, hand sectioned grapefruit, avocado, green onion, pomegranite seeds and slivered almonds ( seriously beautiful – this seasonal around thanksgiving – refreshing too )
another is greens, arugula, parsley mandarin orange, cucumber, red pepper w/ gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts
i make my salad dressings – i want to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and additives – in the fridge i currently have a thin buttermilk based blue cheese dressing – i use yogurt instead of sour cream and i apply very little to a salad
another version of buttermilk salad dressing has serrano pepper in it – uh YUM!!
i make an avocado dressing also
a core vinegar and oil dressing is olive oil, modena aged balsamic vinegar, ( i use a 3/2 T oil to vinegar ratio) a small bit of prepared dijon mustard, clove of garlic smashed w/ salt and pepper rubbed into the bowl…any herb that catches your fancy …the one i have now has tarragon in it !!
LOTS of recipes online. I am certainly not a salad expert but folks seem to always enjoy them!
Voila – salad!!!