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Salads

Salad For Breakfast

The idea of a breakfast salad may sound taboo at first, but it deserves to be given a try. Having a salad for breakfast can start you with a great amount of nutrition and energy for the day. The trick to a delicious breakfast salad (or any salad for that matter) is to build it with only the foods you want to eat. Here are some tips to get you started on a healthy and yummy breakfast salad.

Greens
For your base, you should concentrate on antioxidant-rich leafy greens like kale, microgreens, or spinach. Feel free to mix it up, too. You can add cabbage and romaine for a delightful crunch, arugula for a peppery kick, or beet or turnip greens to cut back on your food waste.

Protein
Protein helps to boost metabolism and keep you feeling full longer. And what food offers a good amount of protein and screams breakfast more than eggs? Aside from that, you can incorporate Greek yogurt, tofu, or bacon into your breakfast salad.

Fiber
Up your fiber intake by adding grains or beans. Quinoa, farro, barley, or brown rice can make your breakfast salad more filling. You can even add roasted chickpeas in lieu of croutons.

Natural Fats
Add fats from fruits, seeds, and oils to help fill you up (o clarify, fruit means avocados).You can add nuts and seeds for a yummy, crunchy texture, and extra virgin olive oil is great for dressing. You can make it creamy with a dollop of hummus.

Fresh Fruit
Create a sweet and savory salad by add pomegranate seeds, slices of citrus, mango, watermelon, or berries – the possibilities are endless. You can also use fresh citrus juices or berries for the dressing.

When it comes to breakfast salads, feel free to experiment with different recipes, greens, toppings, until you find your favorites. If you must use store bought dressings and fried and refined toppings, do so in moderation. But remember, it’s your breakfast salad and you can build it however you like it.

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Food Safety For The Summer

Summer has arrived and it’s the season for backyard barbecues and outdoor gatherings. While it may be nice to host parties under the sun, the unpredictable weather and outdoor conditions may not be the safest place for food. Here are some food safety tips for your next outdoor summer party.

  • Choose Wisely

It can get extremely hot during the summer, and when you’re serving food outdoors, that makes it harder to maintain the safe temperatures for foods. To err on the side of caution, avoid foods that are highly sensitive to temperature and pose a high risk for foodborne illness. Instead choose hardy foods that don’t spoil easy and you can keep at the appropriate temperature.

  • Plan Ahead

Depending on your menu, be sure you have the right tools (coolers, warming stations, etc.) to keep your cold foods cold and your hot foods hot. Also, to avoid any cross contamination, have separate utensils and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods. Bring enough containers, plates and utensils for your guests and the amount of food you plan on serving. And designate an area to store food that is covered and protected pests or weather-related contaminants (ex. mud, blown leaves).

  • Serve Smartly

Whether you’re catering to a small or large group, it’s best to serve food in smaller batches. That way, the food will be used faster while maintaining the proper temperatures. And whenever replenishing food, do not pile on new food on top of old food – use a new container for the new batch.

  • Wash Your Hands

It’s not only important for food safety, but your health in general. Always wash your hands before and after handling food, whether you’re serving, eating, or cleaning up. Bring wet naps and hand sanitizer as backup.

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Scrumptious Salads

Salads are deliciously light and fresh, and provide an easy way to meet your daily fruit and vegetable intake. Crisp, cool salads are great year-round, but a tasty salad in the summer time just tastes better. If you’re crafting your own salad at home, here are some ingenious tips and tricks to take your salad to the next level.

Beyond Lettuce
Don’t limit yourself to iceberg lettuce. Explore different varieties, like little gem, radicchio, or Bibb. You may even consider using cabbage, fennel, bitter greens, or roots. Fresh herbs like mint, basil, or cilantro, can really add to your salad as well.

Wash & Dry
Whatever you decide to use, be sure you wash everything thoroughly. A salad spinner is a great asset, but you must be sure to use it correctly. Start by filling the bowl of the spinner with cold water. Place your trimmed greens in the basket (work in batches if necessary). Lower the basket into the water and gently wash your greens. Let them sit for a few minutes to allow the dirt to settle at the bottom. Lift the basket and empty the water from the bowl. Repeat these steps of you are working in batches or if your greens still look or feel dirty. Once you’re satisfied, return the basket to the bowl and spin your salad until the greens don’t give off any more liquid.

Salt
Massaging your greens with a generous amount of salt, especially tough greens like kale, collards, and cabbage, can do wonders for your salad. The salt with both season and soften up your greens.

Experiment With Veggies
Sure, you can toss together raw veggies, but cooking them can add new flavors and textures.

  • Roast: Try roasting carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, turnips, or dates and adding them to your salads for a yummy caramelized, sweet element.
  • Grill: Try grilling sturdy greens like kale, romaine, or Treviso radicchio, and then add crunchy raw veggies and a creamy dressing.
  • Pickle: For an acidic kick, try pickled chiles, cucumbers, red onions, rhubarb or even raisins.

Balance
A great salad combines a smart balance of flavors and textures. If your salad is mostly crunchy, add a soft element. Is your salad too rich? Add something acidic to contrast it.

Creative Crunch
If you need to add a little crunch, don’t just go for the croutons. Sesame seeds, crispy fried onions or shallots, or even seasoned panko crumbs add a flavorful crunch. Another way to add a delicious crunchy texture is to add toasted nuts. Think toasted walnuts, pistachios, cashews, or even hazelnuts.

Vinaigrette
When it comes to dressing, the standard 3 parts fat to 1 part acid has been modified to 2 parts fat to 1 part acid. Here are some ideas for tasty combinations:

  • Yogurt / Lime / Harissa
  • Mayo / Rice Vinegar / Gochujang / Grated Garlic
  • Olive Oil / Apple Cider Vinegar / Maple Syrup
  • Neutral Oil / Rice Vinegar / Miso / Grated Ginger

Season, Taste, Repeat
Every element of your salad should be seasoned – leaves, dressing, add-ins (roasted or raw veggies, croutons, nuts, protein). Taste it as you go and adjust seasonings and/or ingredients as you go.

Dress To Impress
An underdressed salad is an east fix, but there’s no going back from an overdressed salad. To ensure that every leaf is coated but not soggy, be sure to execute these steps just before serving:

  1. Start with a really big bowl. It should be at least 25 percent bigger than the ingredients you’re planning to toss.
  2. Don’t throw everything in. Things that will sink to the bottom or get bruised or soggy should be added on top after you’ve mixed your salad.
  3. Nix the tongs. Thoroughly washed hands are gentle and more efficient than tongs.

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Delicious Fruit Salads

As the weather warms up and more fruits come into season, refreshing fruit salads are a coveted dish. But there’s more to fruit salads than just chopping fruits and tossing them into a bowl. The best fruit salads are not only visually stunning, but create a beautiful balance of flavors and textures. To create your own fruit salad masterpiece, check out these tips and tricks.

  • Seasonal Fruit
    Overall, seasonal fruit simply tastes better. When in season, their flavors and textures are far superior than that of off-season fruits. When choosing your ingredients, opt for seasonal produce that is local to you.
  • Ripeness
    In terms of texture, you want to choose fruits that are at same (or similar) level of ripeness. When you don’t, your salad may contain bites that are mushy or too tart or tough. Mixing similarly ripe fruits together will keep your salad looking fresh and vibrant longer.
  • Colors & Textures
    Speaking of vibrancy, fruit salads are easily one of the most visually appealing salads. The different colors and hues of the fruits you choose will highlight and contrast each other. A variation of textures can also keep your taste buds pleased. Choose a combination of seedy fruits along with crispy or juicy fruits or some with fibrous skins.
  • Remove Stems, Pits & Skins
    With cherries and strawberries and the like, you should remove the stems, pits, and, when necessary, the skins. If you cannot remove the pits or seeds, make sure your guests are aware to prevent any unpleasant surprises.
  • Consistency
    You want to cut your fruits into uniform pieces. This not only helps your salad visually, but it keeps each bite relatively even and easier to consume.
  • Equal Parts
    In addition, you want to use equal parts of each fruit so that one does not overpower the other.
  • Season With Citrus
    Nothing compliments a delicious fruit salad like fresh citrus zest and juice from lemons or limes. The citrus juice also helps to prevent the fruit from browning.
  • Herbs: More Than A Garnish
    You can continue to enhance the flavors of your fruit salad by adding fresh herbs. For example, mint is often used as a garnish, but it can be a refreshing and delicious addition when to the mixed in.
  • Granulated Sugar
    If you happen to pick up some fruits that are not quite ripe yet, you can soften and sweeten them with a bit of granulated sugar (to taste). After a few minutes, the granules will dissolve into the fruit, so no need to worry about the grainy texture.
  • Add Whipped Cream Or Yogurt
    Want to add some creamy richness to your fruit salad? Whipped cream or yogurt can be a great addition, especially for berries and stone fruits.

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Scrumptious Salad Tips

Salads don’t have to be bland or boring. With the right skills, fresh ingredients, and proper execution, you can enjoy a scrumptious and satisfying salad. These simple rules and tips will help you improve your salad skills.

Before getting started, there are some general rules you should follow:

  • Quality

Since a salad is basically a mishmash of veggies and produce, in order to create a delicious salad you must start with quality ingredients. Shop and eat seasonally and locally for an exceptional salad (and a more sustainable meal). Most products at farmer’s markets are picked within 24 hours of being sold so you are pretty much guaranteed fresh, prime produce.

  • Variety

Say no to bland, boring salads. Incorporating a variety of ingredients, textures, shapes, and sizes is vital to creating complex flavors and textures within your salad.

  • Chopping

Smaller pieces mean your fork can pick up more different items for a more exciting bite. Chop your ingredients finely, especially your lettuce or greens. You can even learn how to chop different shapes and styles for more diversity in your salad.

Making The Salad
Now that you have reviewed these basic rules, it is time to make your salad.

Variety of Greens
By mixing different types of lettuce, you not only introduce new flavors and textures, but you also diversify the nutrient content of your salad. You can even go beyond leafy greens and use things like grains, other vegetables, or even legumes or beans as your base.

Season Your Greens
Before adding any dressing or toppings, season your greens with salt and pepper. This minor detail can really add to your salad overall. And really, you should be seasoning your food at every level to build a more complex flavor profile (your taste buds will thank you). In addition, you may consider adding fresh chopped herbs and citrus zest during this step.

Dressing
With salad dressing, a little goes a long way, so dress lightly. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it back. Add a little at a time and taste it as you go. For a more even coating, use your freshly washed hands to mix it all up.

Make Your Own Dressing
Homemade dressing is worth the extra effort – you can control the ingredients and adjust it to your liking. In general, dressing should have a good balance of fat, acidity, and flavor. And different greens pair with different flavors. Remember, pair bold with bold and light with light.

  • Arugula – The slightly bitter and peppery flavor is best balanced with sweetness, like a balsamic reduction.
  • Kale – Be sure to massage kale thoroughly and then dress it lightly with an acidic or creamy dressing.
  • Spring/Summer Mixes and Tender Lettuces (Boston bibb, butter lettuce) – Simple vinaigrettes and citronettes (olive oil, acidity, salt and pepper) work well with these simple greens.
  • Spinach – Because spinach wilts easily, you should use a simple dressing (honey or Dijon vinaigrette, bacon dressing) at the last minute.
  • Romaine – Because it is very versatile, it can work with any type of dressing.
  • Watercress – This can be extremely bitter, so it is best to embrace fat, creaminess and sweetness.
  • Iceberg – Creamy dressing can help build the bland flavor of iceberg lettuce.
  • Grains – These are also very versatile, thus, can handle any dressing. Remember to dress grains while they are still warm for better absorption.

Texture & Toppings
Aim for at least one from each category.

  • Crunch – Add texture with things like nuts, seeds, croutons (homemade), parmesan crisps, roasted chickpeas or lentils.
  • Grains – Bulk up your salad and stay full longer with grains like quinoa, bulgur, couscous, barley, farro, or wheat berries.
  • Protein: Protein can help round out your salad and keep you satiated. Try beans, lentils, roasted tofu, poached eggs, falafel, grilled chicken, or salmon.
  • Optional items include fats (avocado, cheese), fresh fruit (pomegranate seeds, tart green apples), or roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash). And remember, leftovers sometimes make the best salad toppings.

The finished product is a salad that you will enjoy as it includes your favorite foods and flavors with various textures – an absolute treat for your taste buds. It make sound like a lot of work, but if you do a little prep at the beginning of the week, such as washing and drying your produce, chopping veggies, or making a large batch of grains, assembling a satisfying salad won’t be so bad.

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Warm Salads For Cold Weather

Winter is almost here, which means colder weather and cravings for warming comfort food. While salads may not come to mind when you think of winter comfort foods, warm salads may change your mind. The contrasting of temperatures, textures, and flavors just might make warm salads you new winter comfort food of choice. Here’s how you can build the perfect warm salad.

  • Base

While lettuces are the most common greens associated with salads, they are not the only ones available. For your warm salad, choose leafy greens that can be slightly cooked or steamed. You can add these warm greens to your favorite fresh salad greens or use them as a base alone. Mix and match until you find your favorite blend.

Some great choices for a warm base are kale (any variety), collard greens, Swiss chard, cabbage, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach.

  • Toppings

Toppings help bring salads to life, and with warm salads, there’s a limitless variety available. You can add your favorite toppings to create a salad that suits your tastes, preferences, and resources. For example, you can use last night’s leftover roasted vegetables or caramelized onions to add depth. If you go with leftovers, you may want to mix in fresh veggies as well to balance both the crunchy and soft textures.

Warm or Cold Toppings:

  • Cruciferous Vegetables (turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
  • Vegetables (green onions, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, peas, asparagus, zucchini, squash, tomatoes)
  • Fruits (mandarin oranges, figs, dried fruits – cranberries, raisins, blueberries)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax) and Nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, or brazil nuts)
  • Carbohydrate/Starch

Whether warm or cold, if you’re eating a salad for a meal, adding a complex carbohydrate or starch to it will help sustain your energy. Warm salads are great for potatoes, whole grains, beans, legumes, or another type of starch.

Some healthy choices include freekeh, wheatberries, quinoa, rice, faro, millet, barley, sweet potato, beans or lentils.

  • Plant Protein

A serving of protein helps to nutritionally balance your salad. There are even some plant options that double as a protein and a complex carbohydrate, like quinoa or beans.

Consider these quality protein choices: tofu (you can make your own or buy it premade), tempeh, beans or lentils, edamame, green peas, quinoa, wheatberries

  • Add Flair

A great way to enjoy healthy food more is to add flair to keep it interesting. Adding a small amount of tasty food will help to keep your taste buds happy.

Try topping salads with roasted nuts or spiced seeds (avoid those made with extra oils). Or try crumbled toasted pita chips, warmed capers or olives, or even sundried tomatoes on your salad. Warm salads are so versatile that, again, the possibilities are endless.

  • Dressing

A delicious dressing or sauce can take salads to the next level. They are also a great way to incorporate healthy fats into the meal. To keep it healthier, choose dressings made from whole foods, such as tahini, avocado, or cashews.

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Catering Tips For Office Lunches

Good office lunch catering can be the saving grace of an otherwise mundane or stressful work day. It can boost workers’ spirits and fuel them for the rest of the day. However, a lot can go wrong if these catered lunches are planned and executed poorly. Heed these tips and advice when planning your next office lunch catering.

  • Headcount

Getting a final headcount is crucial – nothing is more problematic or embarrassing as running out of food. Be sure to double check your headcount to ensure there will be enough food for everyone participating.

  • Narrow It Down

Instead of taking individual orders from everyone, pick a restaurant and take a look at the menu. Narrow it down to a few options from which workers may choose and give a deadline for order submissions.

  • Location, Location, Location

If your employees will be eating in the conference room during a meeting, there are some things to consider.

You will need to set up a food table opposite from the presentation. If people would like to go back for seconds, they can without crossing in front of the screen. Also avoid messy or noisy foods for minimal interruptions and issues.

  • Time

If there’s a time crunch, setup can make or break the catering all together. When this is the case, individually packed paper bag lunches can help. These prevent long lines, help control portions, and give employees the freedom of a “to go” option if they need to get back into the meeting.

  • The Extras

Workers will appreciate the little things like extra napkins, hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and mints. These thoughtful touches can help everything run smoothly and neatly.

  • Go Seasonal

If there’s a holiday around the corner, you may want to consider adding a few hints to the food and décor.

  • Offer Some Agency

Give people a little power over what they eat and save the organizer from taking individual orders. For example, instead of taking individual sandwich orders, provide the components for a salad and sandwich bar and let everyone build their own lunch.

  • Food Sensitivities

First and foremost, be mindful of serious food allergies amongst the staff. And you must also keep in mind any food sensitivities and personal preferences. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are essential these days.

  • Fun, Healthy Options

Although they may be overlooked, an effort to provide wholesome food should be made. Make it fun with things like Edible arrangements, Sun Chips, or Luna Bars.

  • Sweet Tooth

As long as you have healthy options, it’s fine to add an additional treat.  For those who don’t mind indulging a bit, a cupcake or pastry can go a long way.

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Perfecting The Potato Salad

Potato salad is a delicious side dish, but we all know one misstep can ruin the entire batch. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you make the best potato salad.

Potatoes
Choosing the right potato for your salad is all about your personal preference. If you prefer a creamy potato salad sans the gobs of mayo, go for russet (baking) potatoes. When boiled, they break down a bit and their starch adds to the overall texture of the finished dish. They also absorb dressing more easily.

For a firmer potato with creamy dressing, moderately waxy potatoes like Yukon gold or red potatoes hole their shape and don’t break down as quickly. This will provide a great contrast of textures.

Pieces
You want to maintain uniformity in potato pieces to ensure even cooking. If you have pieces that vary drastically in sizes, you will have some undercooked and some overcooked pieces.

Don’t Overcook
With that said, do not overcook your potatoes, unless you want to make mashed potatoes. You want to heat the water and potatoes to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and keep an eye on the pot. When the pieces are just tender, drain the water from the pot. The residual heat will keep the pieces cooking a bit longer.

Don’t Undercook
The crunchy element of your potato salad should come from the celery or pickles you mix in, not from undercooked potatoes. Undercooked potatoes are often a result of adding potato pieces to boiling water instead of warming them up in cold water. By doing so you run the risk of having only the outsides cooked before the insides are done all the way through.

Seasonings
When foods come straight from the fridge, the flavors are often muted. To combat this, cook potatoes in well-salted water and make sure that you use a boldly flavored dressing.

After you’ve mastered prepping your potatoes, you can experiment with different flavor combinations. Here are a few ideas:

  • Seasoned Rice Vinegar / Toasted Sesame Oil / Green Onion / Red Pepper / Jalapeno
  • Bacon / Mayo / Spicy Brown Mustard / Dill Pickles / Garlic / Celery / Green Onions
  • Sour Cream / White Wine Vinegar / Fresh Dill / Pickles / Shallots / Smoked Salmon
  • Cider Vinegar / Pickled Jalapenos / Cilantro / Corn / Green Onions
  • Horseradish / Mayo / Bacon / Chives / Radish Slices

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Healthy Tips For Dining Out

There are several reasons for dining out at a restaurant. Whether it’s a new hot spot you’ve had your eye on, for a social gathering, or simply a much-needed break from the kitchen, you deserve a nice night out. And while it is great to treat yourself, it does not mean you have to abandon your diet completely.

Despite hidden calories and large portions, there are ways to create a delicious and healthy restaurant dining experience.

Healthier Choices

  • Just say no to appetizers, which are usually loaded with unnecessary calories. If you want to start with an appetizer, a green salad with dressing on the side is a better option.
  • To prevent overeating, you should aim to fill half of your plate with fruit and/or vegetables (and no, potatoes do not count), and the other half with lean protein and whole grains.
  • Skip the sodium-laden soups. Instead, go for a salad, which offers less sodium and more potassium-rich veggies.
  • Restaurant portions are notorious for being oversized, so, if you can, order a lunch portion, box up half of your meal for later, or split an entrée with a friend.
  • As tempting as they may be, bypass the complimentary bread or chips. These fillers will just stuff you with unnecessary and empty calories and carbs.

Salads

  • Choose Darker Greens – Darker greens have more nutrients per serving than the popular romaine or iceberg lettuce.
  • Pick A Good Protein – Good protein choices include egg whites, egg slices, grilled tofu, tuna, beans, chicken, and seafood.
  • Cut The Cheese – You really don’t need the cheese, do you? Skip the excess calories, saturated fat, and sodium that cheese provides.
  • Smart Toppings – Instead of adding crunch from oily, refined flour (crispy wontons, croutons) and salty sodium bombs (olives, bacon), add crisp veggies and fruit to add more texture and flavor. Load up on nutrient-dense toppings such as broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, black beans, edamame, roasted peppers blueberries, mango, or strawberries.
  • Dress Better – It’s always wise to get the dressing on the side so that you can control how much or how little dressing you use. You may even be able to create your our dressing using oil and vinegar.

Sandwiches

  • Whole Wheat > White Bread – Always a better choice as it provides more nutrients. And please note that “multigrain” may mean more white flour than whole wheat.
  • Avoid Wraps – Unless they are whole grain, skip the wraps (they can have up to as many calories as white bread). Or try a lettuce wrap. You can drop refined grains for whole food. And if you’re feeling adventurous, turn your sandwich into a salad.
  • Craving a sandwich? Opt for a half sandwich, half salad combo. That way, you can get your sandwich fix while taking in more vegetables, too.
  • Smart Sides – When it comes to side dishes, opt for fresh fruit or steamed veggies over chips or bread.

Coffee

  • Choose Nonfat Milk – If you don’t particularly like nonfat, take baby steps and do half nonfat, half 2% milk.
  • Pros & Cons Of Non-Dairy Milk – Soy milk provides around 8g of protein per cup, but depending on the brand, they may have added sugar. Almond milk may have less sugar, but also less protein. Skip the coconut milk as it is low in protein and high in saturated fat.
  • Skip The Whipped Cream – Save yourself from excess calories and saturated fat.
  • Skip The Syrup – Sugar-free syrups may be made with unsafe sweeteners, but if you must, ask for a single pump of regular syrup.
  • Order Brewed Coffee and make your own modifications (one packet of sugar adds about 20 calories.

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Crafting Better Salads At Home

Salads are often seen as boring diet food, but they don’t have to be boring. When making salads at home, they may fall flat in comparison to store bought or restaurant salads, but there are ways to get around these issues. Here are the best salad tricks to ensure you are making a yummy salad at home.

  • Wash & Dry The Leaves Thoroughly
    You want to start your salad with clean and dry leaves to ensure that your salad dressing adheres to the leaves. Most of us simply rinse our greens under the sink, but dunking them into a bowl full of water and massaging the dirt out is more effective. Rather than using paper towels, invest in a salad spinner to thoroughly dry the leaves.
  • Salt The Dressing
    All too often this step is forgotten, but adding salt to the dressing can make all the difference. Whether you’re making a fancy dressing or simply using oil and vinegar, adding salt will help to enhance flavors and improve your salad overall. To take it a step further, try a flavored salt.
  • Use Varying Textures
    Using contrasting textures will help to elevate your salad experience. Crunchy nuts, creamy cheeses, and chewy dried fruits are great toppings that will keep each bite of salad unique and delicious.
  • Create Balanced Flavors
    Aside from varying textures, you want to keep your flavors diverse yet balanced. Your salad should have salty, sweet, acidic and bitter flavors by way of protein, fruit, vinaigrette, and greens. Get creative and represent as many flavor profiles as possible.
  • Opt For Seasonal Greens
    We all know seasonal produce tastes better when in season, but did you know that lettuce and other greens have their seasons too? In the winter, warm up to kale and Brussels sprouts, and in the spring and summer, choose butter lettuce and romaine.
  • Measure Equal Amounts Of Toppings
    If you’ve ever been served a salad that was skimpy on ingredients, you know how disappointing that can be. When making your own, use the proper portions and try to use equal measurements of all the salad toppings. This is especially important for salads such as the Cobb.
  • Toast The Nuts
    Did you know that toasting nuts helps to enhance their flavor and texture? Next time you plan on adding almonds, cashews, walnuts, or other nuts, toast them first. But remember to cool them to room temperature before topping your salad.
  • Experiment With Different Oils & Vinegars
    Much like flavored salt in your dressing can add more flavor, using different oils and vinegars can push your salad even further. While balsamic vinegar and olive oil are often the go-to, opt for infused or other variations of oils and vinegars, such as avocado oil, walnut oil, rice vinegar, sherry vinegar, or Champagne vinegar.
  • Toss In Delicate Herbs & Flowers
    This trick not only adds more flavor, but also a pop of color to enhance your salad presentation. Try mint, basil, parsley, fennel fronds, or dill. Be adventurous and add edible flowers if they are available to you – they add a peppery flavor.
  • Add A Luxurious Topping
    Save these toppings for last for more impressive presentation and a sophisticated, unique flavor. Think blue cheese, duck confit, quail eggs, or bone marrow.

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