Salad can be B.O.R.I.N.G. I have a few quick ways to jazz up those salads, giving them interest and flavor!
1. Don’t feel the pressure to have everything on a bed of lettuce. Lettuce doesn’t make it a salad. Use a variety of vegetables and other goodies to make a lush salad. Add fruits, nuts and other unexpected ingredients, like roughly chopped ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, dried fruits like banana chips or raisins.
3. Think about color. When thinking of a salad either go with the rainbow or a monochromatic vision.
4. Toss in fresh herbs such as parsley or basil. I actually save all of the stems and pieces from my fresh herbs from other recipes and toss them in!
5. If using kale or any other rough green, massage the leaves by rubbing together to break them down into silky leafs.
6. Season properly. Ingredients should be dry, toss with salt and pepper and then your choice of dressing. It will stick better to dry greens or vegetables. Use a salad spinner for best results.
7. Use one main ingredient, but prepare it three ways. For example, prepare a carrot salad with pickled, shaved raw and grilled slices of carrot.
8. Make sure your salad is dry. Use a salad spinner or dab the ingredients with a paper towel. The salad will season better and dressing will stick better to dry ingredients.
9. Salt your salad while still dry. Salt and toss before you add dressing, otherwise salt can stick to certain pieces and not evenly distribute through the salad.
10. Toss your salad with your hands. I know, some people will cringe, but after you’ve done this a few times, you’ll start to find that a perfectly dressed salad has a feeling, something you can’t see when tossing with a spoon.
Do you have any tips or tricks for making salad more interesting? I want to hear them!