A lot of people consider iceberg lettuce the standard for salads. Iceberg lettuce
has practically no nutritional value. Consider using leaf lettuce, romaine
or maybe Boston lettuce. Leaf lettuce contains the highest amount of vitamins within the lettuce family with romaine
coming a close second. Why not throw in a little spinach too and make your salad not only
taste good, but highly nutritional as well.
| Salads using cold meat or chicken aren't considered just a salad. These kind of
salads can be considered the main course. A nice variation is to serve the meat/chicken
straight off the grill and on top of cold crisp greens. This kind of salad will fill you
up just like the traditional meat/potatoes/vegetables dinner, so don't be afraid of only
having a salad for dinner!
To keep lettuce fresh and crisp, wash it, then dry it well with either a salad
spinner, or you can take the head apart and roll up in a towel and let the towel absorb
the water. When its dry, place the lettuce in a zip lock bag. Place a dry paper towel in
the bag, so that any moisture from the lettuce will be absorbed by the towel. You'll be
surprised at how long the lettuce will remain fresh !
Always remember if you are going to have tomatoes in your salad, put them in just
before you're about to serve the salad. The moisture from the tomatoes are a sure way to
have soggy lettuce.
A nice ingredient to add a little something different to a salad is sunflower seeds
or slivered almonds. They add a nice bit of crunch to the salad. And don't forget the
sliced hot pepper rings for a little zip.
Visit Side Dishes
salads made from beans, rice, and pasta.