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There are many common salad ingredients which can be used in combinations for: - green salads - mostly made with a type of lettuce as a base ingredient - added items could be raw vegetables fruits nuts cooked meats eggs cheeses etc. These are usually topped with a dressing that is either mayonnaise based (dressing) or oil-based (vinaigrette) - vegetable salads - sometimes made with just raw vegetables but more often with blanched vegetables (to soften them up a bit) fruit (other than dried) is rarely added but nuts & cheeses are common. A sauce or dressing can be used for flavour and to bind the ingredients together. - mixed green salads - This type of salad is usually composed of a variety of lettuces (of which there are many).
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.
Oregano is another deer-proof perennial favorite but again use just a few small leaf pieces. Interestingly oregano tastes much milder fresh than dried unlike its cousin basil which has a far more intense flavor fresh. Anise hyssop is hard to buy in herb form but you can usually find seeds at garden centers; it grows gorgeous complex purple flowers shaped like spears and again you can use the florets for visual effect in a green salad. The leaves taste like anise or licorice. Anise hyssop isn t strictly speaking a perennial but it reliably self seeds so once you plant a few you ll have them year after year. Chives are another favorite perennial. You can cut just a few leaves and chop them into one-inch lengths for a salad and don t forget to use some of the chive blossoms as well. While we re on the onion family don t forget to use a few garlic greens - the leafy green tops of your garlic plants and the florets as well. But go easy on the garlic as a little goes a long way.