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Making your own vinaigrettes and dressings allows you to improve the taste of your salad and to be creative with the flavors. 2 - Restaurants Season Their Dressings The second restaurant salad secret may not be welcome news to the health-conscious reader but it s true: a properly made house vinaigrette or dressing will come with a generous helping of salt and pepper. You might be thinking salt in a salad? Really? . Yes really. Dressings and vinaigrettes will taste good when a) they re made with quality ingredients b) they re made with the right proportion of ingredients and c) they re seasoned correctly. Restaurant salads wouldn t taste so good unless this was true. You should be able to eat a good dressing on its own and still enjoy what you re eating. We used to make a champagne vinaigrette at the restaurant that you could eat by the spoonful - it was just that good.
Kale is very good for you like most members of the cabbage family. Borage grows tall plants with fuzzy leaves and lilac colored flowers; its leaves taste mildly of cucumber and it is a bit bitter so don t add too much to a salad. There are some herbs that you can plant once and they will self seed for years afterward (if you let them); these go well in a salad too. Dill and coriander are two of my father in law s perennial annuals that just keep on coming up in odd places in the garden and if you re not careful they can get out of hand. So weeding the seedlings for a salad is a good way to keep them under control and enjoy their flavor. By the time my father in law comes in from the garden at around 5 o clock he usually has two large plastic basins full of a wide assortment of greens.
Some are sweet and some are extremely tart. Most people prefer these dressed with a simple vinaigrette to release the flavours of the lettuces. - fruit salads - these are so versatile that they can be eaten for breakfast lunch dinner snack - virtually anytime at all. A fruit salad can be as simple as using a few different cans of canned fruit: such as a fruit cocktail or if time permits - a fresh fruit salad composed of seasonal fresh fruits can be made. - fish/seafood salads - For those of us who live inland - seafood salads are a real treat - but with all the canned & frozen varieties available this no longer needs to be the case. A bit of crab meat even imitation crab can be added to a green or pasta salad for a more elegant meal. - complete meal salads - By adding a few pieces of left-over meat eggs or cheese (for protein) any salad can become a meal-in-itself. Some countries have already been doing this for centuries - such as the antipasto salad from Italy. - pasta salads - pasta salads have come a long way from just eating cold mac & cheese.