How To Make a Better Side Salad
Packet of Woolworths Herb salad mix
Sliced cucumbers, radishes
Sliced red onion
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tsp Nova balsamic glaze
Flaky salt and freshly ground blackpepper
1. The greens should be completely dry. - No matter what kind of greens you use, they should be as dry as possible. If greens aren't dry, they feel weighed down and even a little slimy when the dressing is added. I like to buy bags of mixed salad greens.
Wash the greens and spin dry if you like, then lay them out on a towel to air-dry for a little while.
2. The greens should be bite-sized. Really. Make sure the greens are torn into bite-sized bits. I really hate those oversized wedges of lettuce left in restaurant salads; you have to cut them up to get them in your mouth! No good.
Tear up your greens if you think they will be too big to spear and eat gracefully.
3. Put the greens in a really 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.
No matter how you serve your salad, it's best to toss it in a really big bowl — much bigger than the volume of the green themselves.
4. Add any other vegetables you like (make sure they are dry too). Herbs are extra-good. For a really simple salad, this is where you toss in any little extras. I don't like to over-complicate my side salads or weigh them down with lots of heavy vegetables. But sometimes I add a little carrot or cucumber, finely shredded and blotted dry. Finely shredded herbs are wonderful in salad too
In the Woolworths Herb Salad mix there is about 1/3 cup grated carrot and 1/3 cup grated beetroot already as well as different other herbs.
5. Always dress your salad. Bottles at the table — no. All right. Here's my salad manifesto. I don't believe that salads should ever ever be dressed at the table by the diners. A good salad is not a pile of vegetables with gloppy dressing on top. A good salad has dressing mixed all throughout, and a dressing calibrated to the salad itself. I know some might disagree with this, but I'm positively militant about it! Salad should never come to the party naked.
For this salad dressing, whisk 4 tsp lemon juice with the 2 tsp Nova balsamic glaze until thick and emulsified.
6. Taste the dressing first. Always taste the dressing before you pour it on the salad.
Taste the dressing and adjust as needed.
7.Use far less dressing than you think you need.Here I used all the dressing, but I wish I would have actually used less. You want to lightly dress the salad, not drench it.
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.
8. Salt and pepper! Now for perhaps the most important part of a well-dressed salad: Salt and pepper. This is what that flaky salt in your cupboard is for.
As you toss the salad with your hands or forks, sprinkle on salt and pepper. Taste and adjust as needed.
9. Add any other mix-ins, such as nuts, slimmers fat free feta or other dressy things. I like to serve salad in a big bowl or a platter and sprinkle any last-minute grace notes like cubes of fat free feta or some slivered nuts directly on top. This makes them look finished and pretty, and it also is a good way to make sure that these heavy ingredients don't fall immediately to the bottom of the salad. If you don't use any other garnishes, I like to add just a touch more pepper on top.
Plate the salad in a large bowl , or on plates. Garnish with some pepper, some fear , sliced radishes, mixed peppers, red onions, cranberries and slivered almonds.