Step Two of Salad Composition

Like sprinkles on donuts…or koozies for long necks…or pairing red heels with little black dresses. Accessories have a way of adding interest to unadorned commodities. In the realm of saladry, interest ensues with the addition of garnish.

Step two of salad composition is to select the garnish.

The purpose of garnish is to add color, form and texture to the salad. When it comes to selecting the garnish ingredients, there is quite a bit of freedom. The world is your oyster. Some common garnish ingredients include:

  • beans
  • capers
  • cheese
  • croutons
  • eggs (cooked)
  • fruit (dried or fresh)
  • herbs (fresh)
  • meats (bacon, chicken, deli meats and seafood to name a few)
  • nuts
  • olives
  • pickles
  • seeds
  • vegetables (fresh, grilled or roasted)

tips on selecting Garnish ingredients

Some of us enjoy the creativity that comes with garnish freedom {wahooee}. I can completely appreciate those who may be a little intimidated. Right now you have more questions about how and what rather than confidence in your expertise. Well let me tell you, it is my noble mission to help you gain confidence and expertise in your kitchen SO, I have comprised a few tips to keep the jitters at bay.

  1. Less can be more. Avoid over accessorizing. Even the honorable Caesar boasts a mere two, sometimes three garnishes: parmesan cheese, croutons and grilled chicken.
  2. Use a flavor profile for inspiration. A cohesive palate can quickly be achieved by following one of the flavor profiles. Select two or three items from the trademark ingredients. A reputable salad is on the horizon {guaranteed}. More information about flavor profiles can be found here.
  3. Make it colorful. We eat with our eyes first. True statement. Color tastes as good as it looks.
  4. When in doubt, add a little crunch. Apples, nuts, jicama, fennel: these are a few of my favorite things.


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Three Parts to Salad Composition

Three Questions of Salad Composition

Step One of Salad Composition



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