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Mixing in one bowl and plating somewhere else allows the excess dressing to stay in the bowl and away from the customer s plate. If you re planning to put in a vegetable garden this spring don t just plant lettuce for your salads. Why not plant your own mesclun mix? The most amazing salads can come from your own back yard. My father in law grows a huge variety of greens at his summer cottage and his green salads are better than anything I ve had in a fancy restaurant. He starts with the basics - romaine lettuce green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce. He also uses oak leaf lettuce which is just a regular lettuce whose leaves are palmate (hand shaped) and therefore look a bit like oak leaves. These lettuces provide the bulk of the salad materials. He picks individual leaves off each plant so that each plant continues to grow through the summer. His lettuces can grow up to two feet tall (on the stalk) and he s still making salads from them.
There s an old half whiskey barrel on the cottage deck that grows pansies and a few of the pansy blossoms sometimes find their way into a salad (they are edible as are violet blossoms if you don t mind picking them out of your lawn). Lemon balm is another interesting perennial with a citrus flavor that makes it easy to identify when playing the salad guessing game. Tarragon is another anise-flavored herb but I m not a big fan - for some reason I find tarragon numbs my mouth. But I ve been overruled on that account and there s always a little tarragon in our cottage salads. Kale grows well in northern gardens and we sometimes harvest mature kale in the dead of winter. When the plants are young in August and September the smaller leaves go well in a salad but because they are rough they do need to be torn into small pieces.
Refreshing seems like a lot of fuss but it s definitely worth the effort. 5 - Restaurants Use the Correct Amount of Dressing The final restaurant salad secret is that good restaurants will use the correct amount of dressing for the amount of greens in each salad. The worst possible scenario when eating a salad is having one that s swimming in dressing. It s unappetizing to look at and having that much dressing completely changes the flavor profile of the dish. What we were trained to do in the restaurant is to mix salads in batches in small bowls. We d add our greens a pinch of salt then a squeeze of one of our house-made dressings. After tossing we d taste one of the greens for seasoning and amount of dressing. When we were satisfied with the taste we d remove the salad from the bowl and plate it on another plate.