How to Create a Restaurant-Style Salad at Home (Get Cooking)
You need 5 ingredients to create a restaurant style salad in your own home.
Servings and Ingredients
|Green: Choose one of your favorite greens. My favorite is baby arugula, but you can also use spring greens, spinach, leaf lettuce or romaine.|
|Grain: Adding a cooked grain to a salad offers great flavor and texture and also provides additional nutrients and fiber. One of my favorites is sprouted red grain rice, but you could also use cooked quinoa, amaranth, wild rice or kamut.|
|Fruit: Fresh citrus, crisp apples, berries or dried fruits are a great addition to any salad to help brighten the flavors. I love to use fresh segmented tangerines or grapefruit.|
|Nut: Trying toasting your favorite nuts, like almonds, pecans or hazelnuts, to help bring out the flavor and texture. Honey-roasted nuts are also a great option.|
|Dressing: The dressing should be 3 parts oil to 1 part acid, such as fresh citrus juice or vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can also add minced shallots or garlic for added flavor. A touch of Dijon mustard will help keep for dressing from separating once combined.|
- In a large bowl, combine the greens, grain, fruit and nut with a couple of tablespoons of dressing. Lightly toss using tongs, being careful to not wilt or bruise the greens.
- Using your tongs, lift the greens onto a dinner plate and stack in a pyramid shape to create height on the salad. Garnish with the grains, fruits and nuts and serve immediately.
Chef Andrew from Ankeny #1, KCCI-TV recipe, February 26, 2016.