The green salad is all about using greens in the right proportion. So that flavours, colors, and textures come out with perfection. Greens can contain Boston lettuce (red leaf), chicory, radicchio, and endive.
Before preparing salad, you need to select the greens which will decorate your plate. As you select the greens you need to wash them with cold water. Once dirt, sediments, and sand are removed and greens are clean, lift them from the water.
Ingredients and recipe
The main ingredient of green salad is Lettuce. There are many types of lettuce. You should use two or three types of them. Because using only one kind of lettuce will make the green salad dull.
Generally, salad introduces at the start of the meal. So salad should be appetite stimulator and boost your taste.
The types of Lettuce for salad are the green leaf, romaine, red leaf and iceberg. Select any two of them, whichever available in your nearby market or supermarket, to make your green salads vibrant and of better sense of flavours, colours and textures. Introducing types of Lettuce help you to get more crunch in your salad.
Other types of lettuce are arugula, Bibb (Boston or butter), fresh spinach and frisee. Any of these can be your excellent choice of lettuces.
But before using these as your salad, check the bugs in the lettuce.
Chop lettuce into pieces:
Of course, you can’t serve lettuce as whole leaves. It does not look good. So chop lettuce, it should be into pieces. Many suggest not to chop the lettuce but tear it into pieces. Behind that, they have a theory which anchors that chopping lettuce will damage the cells. But the theory is not true. Tearing lettuce is just like bruising leaves which wastewater from lettuce. And besides it, chopped lettuce look nicer and in uniform size.
Tomato adds extra vitamins, minerals, and taste in green salad. As you have noticed in a burger, how without tomato, the burger looks tasteless.
Carefully select tomato for the salad. Classic hothouse tomatoes are good but they are watery and heavy. These can weigh down a salad with extra water.
So, cherry tomatoes are a better option. Slice them perfectly before using them in the salad. To slice them you should have a good knowledge of knives. Don’t use dull knives for slicing it. Besides it uses a serrated knife. People who suffer, or in the past have suffered, from kidney stone, should avoid this ingredient in your salad.
A Perfect Salad
A perfect green salad is a shrewd balance of flavours, colours and textures. But it doesn’t mean that you are going to include all possible ingredients. If you do, you will lose the definition of perfect green salad. There should be 4 or 5 ingredients in your green salad such as sliced bell pepper, chopped cabbage, sliced cucumbers, or shredded carrots.
Crispy and Cool
Crispness means freshness. You have to store it in the fridge to keep it fresh. Green salad needs air circulation to stay crispy. The warm green salad gets limp. So, cool or chilled green salad is best to serve.
Once the green salad is ready, use vinegar for extra taste or benefits. Use these recipes and ingredients for making a perfect green salad.
There is no time to have salad, either morning or evening. This salad is always best to make you fresh.