Avocado Heirloom Tomato Salad Vegan Gluten Free Soy Free
No longer considered "rabbit food " we can indulge almost anywhere. So belly up to the bar and dig in. One of the most common questions friends and family have asked me since I became a cook is how do restaurants make ____ taste so good . This can be steak seafood veggies sauces dessert or in this case salad. Now don t get me wrong - restaurant salads can be notorious for being hit or miss in terms of taste. But when they re a hit they re really a hit. Just like a good steak eating a good salad at a restaurant leaves you thinking how did they do this? and why can t I make salads like this at home? . Restaurant salads are good for a number of reasons. Not all restaurants will employ each technique when making their salad but any combination will make a salad great.
The creator Caesar Cardini eventually bottled and sold his trademark dressing in the Los Angeles area. A favorite restaurant in Chicago the Blackhawk featured their signature "spinning salad bowl" along with every entree on the menu served tableside. French chefs made vinaigrette dressing with oil herbs chopped shallots and paprika throughout the 1800s.Those especially adventurous added tomato sauce which became the foundation for classic French dressing. Kraft Foods in 1939 introduced their popular version orange in color. Boomers remember it drizzled over iceberg lettuce. Miracle Whip appeared around the same time labeled salad dressing but primarily used to hold together chopped meat chicken or eggs for a tasty sandwich filling. In the 1920 s Green Goddess dressing was created at a San Francisco restaurant in honor of a play by the same name. (Good thing Death of a Salesman didn t debut that same year.) Colonial America grew lettuce in their home gardens along with cabbage beans and root vegetables.
A delicate seasonal food it was enjoyed in summer only and not available year round until the 20th century when California grew and shipped head lettuce nationwide. No question foodie president Thomas Jefferson experimented with a number of varieties which were served daily to his family and dinner guests with vinaigrette dressing or a sprinkling of herbs and mayonnaise (his chef was French-trained). As Americans developed more sophisticated tastes traditional iceberg lettuce took a backseat to Romaine arugula endive radicchio and field greens. Originally these varieties were considered greens for the elite due to price and perishability. Of late retro salads are showing up with quarters of iceberg lettuce and dressing. For Boomers who grew up on the stuff it harkens back to the 50s along with Spam salad meatloaf canned fruit cocktail and Popsicles.
Of course any lettuce plant will reach a point where its leaves taste very bitter and by mid August much of the lettuce for his salads comes from the local supermarket - but he still gets dozens of other ingredients from the garden. Here are some of those other greens in Grandpa Green s garden that find their way into his delicious salads. Radicchio provides a nice burgundy red color. Be careful to use sparingly in a salad as radicchio is naturally bitter and remove the thick white stem part of each leaf. Arugula is very easy to grow from seed and you can start by harvesting the extra seedlings for salad while thinning out the seedlings. Pick individual leaves as the plants grow and you can get two or three months worth of arugula flavor from each plant. I find arugula one of the most interesting flavors in a salad.