And when you combine all five you ll have a four-star appetizer. 1 - Restaurants Can Make Their Own Vinaigrettes and Dressings The first restaurant salad secret is that they can make their own vinaigrettes or dressings. A sign of a true quality restaurant is one that makes their own dressings in house. Making dressings allows complete culinary freedom when it comes to the taste of a salad and adds to the amazing flavor you can experience. Making vinaigrettes and dressings is also surprisingly easy to do. I remember nights working in the restaurant when I d have to make a custom vinaigrettes for VIP clients on the fly meaning in under 3 minutes. After a quick trip downstairs to our dry goods storeroom I d return with 90 seconds to spare and still have enough time to whip up something tasty. Knowing how easy it is to make your own vinaigrettes it always surprises me when I hear a restaurant is buying them from a food supplier.
And even if you re trying to make some pasta salad with some seafood like shrimp or tuna lettuce leaves are still great for filling and presentation by making them act as a bed for the whole salad. After creating the bed and filling you can then go ahead and put all of your prepared vegetables into the main course salad mix. Possible examples would be mushrooms onions peppers tomatoes and cucumbers. These veggies act as enhancement ingredients for your main course salad. As a matter of fact the more veggies you pack in the better. Of course this is as long as the vegetable you re putting in will taste good for you. You really don t want to make something you wouldn t want to eat right? Salads can be a complete main course dish too and with that said let s take an ease now on all the vegetables and make the salad more filling. Chopped sliced or diced meat like chicken beef or pork is an optional addition to a perfect salad.
Now for the health-conscious out there don t panic: we re talking a very small amount of salt. But this small amount of salt is enough to change the flavor of the salad leaves considerably. The next time you go to make a salad try adding a pinch of salt to your greens before you add the vinaigrette or dressing. Then add your dressing and toss. You ll be certain to notice the difference. 4 - Restaurants Refresh Their Salad Greens Restaurant salad secret number four has to do with the texture of the salad leaves. Ever notice the salads you get at a good restaurant have a very crisp texture even though they re coated in dressing? The answer is that a good restaurant will use fresh salad greens and will refresh them before serving. Refreshing salad leaves is the process of dipping them in cold water then drying. Refreshing salad leaves in this way helps crisp up salad leaves that have been packaged. After refreshing salad leaves must be dried completely (i.e. salad spinner) to ensure that the dressing adheres properly to each leaf.