6 Tips To a Better Raw Salad

by zesty on February 20, 2012 · 1 comment

Ever have a salad that is wilted, limp and over dressed?  I bet we all did at some point and it really leaves a lot to be desired.  Today, I want to walk through some tips for you to follow to make your next salad – your best one.

Raw salads are simple to make but reward attention to details with better texture.

Top 6 Ways to Improve your Salad

  1. Wash salad leaves , fresh herbs, and other ingredients in several changes of water until the water remains clear and gritless.  Trim or discard damaged leaves.
  2. Reduce leaf size by tearing gently or using a very sharp knife.  Avoid squeezing and dull knives, which damage leaves and produce dark edges and patches.  Cut other vegetables into bite size pieces.
  3. Crisp leaves and other ingredients by immersing them in ice water for 15 minutes.  Both water and cold increase the plant tissue stiffness.
  4. Chill the dressing in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes to thicken its consistency and help cling to the leaves.  Chill the bowl to keep the salad cold as it’s prepared and served
  5. Dry leaves thoroughly using a salad spinner and/or towel.
  6. Apply the dressing just before serving, and use just enough to coat the ingredients lightly.

There are some quick and simple tips for your next salad that I hope you have used in the past or will use in the future.  One other thing in mind is to explore and try different textures.  Lately, I have been roasting slivered almonds, pairing it with different fruit and definitely using fresh herbs.  Makes all the difference in the world.

One thing about salad…. Keep it fresh and keep it simple.

Here’s the recipe for my Spinach Prosciutto Salad!

Take care

zesty

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1 Kathleen Richardson

Can’t wait for spring, Zesty. I always plant mesclun (baby field greens) and arugula and have fresh salads every day for months. Nothing fresher than just-picked in your own garden, is there!

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