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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.
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.
Some forms of salad have been consumed for centuries originally made mostly of cabbage and root vegetables flavored with vinegar oils and herbs. Ancient Greeks believed that raw green vegetables promoted good digestion and the Romans agreed. Early recordings of lettuce appeared back in the 6th century B.C. although it bore little resemblance to our current varieties. Salads have come a long way since the pedestrian lettuce tomato and cucumber version. Today there is no end to the hundreds of varieties ingredients and dressings available to our salad-crazed nation. In the 1920s they hit the big time as restaurant chefs created Caesar Chef Cobb and fruit salads. Canned veggies and fruits became more available and were tossed into the mix allowing Americans to eat salads year round.