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What to you, is a perfect simple salad? We are going to talk about the simplest of dinner accompaniments, a salad that gets tossed at the last moment to lay beside a piece of grilled chicken or a plate of pasta. This kind of salad often feels like an afterthought. It’s the obligatory vegetable to be munched down before enjoying the rest of your dinner. Here are some thoughts, and directions to help you turn your side dish( perfect simple salad) into the most delicious part of the meal.
- Lettuce or mixed greens: 4 ounces (washed and torn)
- Carrots or cucumbers (optional): Finely shredded
- Basil, mint or another aromatic herb (optional): Small handful finely shredded
- Olive oil: 2 tbsp
- Vinegar or lemon juice: 2 tbsp
- Honey or maple syrup: 1/2 teaspoon
- Flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Grated Parmesan, to garnish (optional)
How to prepare
First step: The greens should be washed then let it completely dry. No matter what kind of greens you use. If greens aren’t dry, they feel weighed down and even a little slimy when the dressing is added. You can buy bags of mixed salad greens if you don’t have time, but these should be washed too, then lay them out on a towel to air-dry for a little while.
Second step: Put the greens in a big bowl. This gives you space to dress the salad without splashing or compressing all the air out of what should be a light, fluffy mix of greens.
Third step: Herbs are extra-good. For a really simple salad, this is where you toss in any little extra, add a little carrot or cucumber, finely shredded and blotted dry. Finely shredded herbs are wonderful in salad too.
Forth step: For salad dressing, whisk 2 tbsp olive oil with 2 tsp balsamic vinegar until thick and, whisk in 1/2 tsp honey and blend. taste the dressing first. Always taste the dressing before you pour it on the salad. Adjust if you want a little more acidity or sweetness.
Fifth step: Drizzle the salad very lightly with dressing, just enough to moisten the lettuce, and work it in with your hands or two forks, stopping to toss it before you add all the dressing you’ve made. You want to coat the greens very, very lightly. sprinkle on salt and pepper. Add any other mix-ins, such as nuts, cheese, or other dressy things.
Serve the perfect simple salad in individual bowls, or on plates. Garnish with some pepper, a shaving of cheese, or some fruit or nuts.