How to create a salad

How to create a salad

By
Sue Quinn
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781784880361

Follow these steps to create a balanced salad. To make a simpler salad, miss out step 9, or for a side dish, miss out step 3. Don’t forget, these are just guidelines!

1. Choose top-quality vegetables

Use lettuce or other leafy vegetables and/ or one or two key vegetables as a base.

2. Add starchy foods

Give this base body with the addition of starchy foods such as pasta, rice, bread, potatoes (skin on), couscous, quinoa, bulgur wheat, barley or rye.

3. To ensure a good nutritional balance

Add a small amount of protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, pulses) and good-quality fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds). You can also sprinkle a little cheese onto your salad, but only after the dressing so that it doesn’t disintegrate.

4. Add colour

Add colourful fruit and vegetables such as diced red, yellow or green pepper, sweetcorn, tomatoes of various colours, grapes, pomegranate seeds or blueberries.

5. Add a few hidden treasures

It’s always nice to come across delicious surprises in a salad, so why not add some pieces of dried fruit or roasted hazelnuts?

6. Make the dressing

Fibre-rich vegetables such as kale need thicker dressings, while a light vinaigrette is more suitable for delicate salads. Liven up your vinaigrettes by adding herbs, chilli, capers, anchovies, olives, spices, crushed garlic or flavoured oils and vinegars.

7. Toss the salad

Add the dressing, little by little, tossing it with the salad. Do this with your (clean) hands, it’s the best way! Pour on enough dressing to coat the ingredients without drenching them.

8. Texture

The best salads have a bit of crunch, so add croutons, broken tortilla chips, crisps, savoury biscuits, or toasted cereals and nuts. Also try out our garnishes from the Dressings & Secret Toppings chapter.

9. A touch of glamour

Spruce up your salad with a few luxury ingredients for a glamorous touch. These pages are filled with suggestions to try, such as grated mullet roe, truffle or attractive young shoots and flowers.

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