With the potential combinations a salad bar provides, you can get carried away and end up with a soggy mish-mash of ingredients. These tips will help you build a more balanced salad, both in flavour and in texture. In this video from the "Stop Doing It Wrong" series on the ZAGAT YouTube channel, you'll learn some simple rules of thumb for making better salads from Tony Shure and Colin McCabe, the co-founders of Chopt in New York City. Here's what they suggest:
- Don't use wet lettuce: Salad dressing doesn't stick to it very well. Dry those wet leafy greens off with a paper towel first if possible.
- Pick a theme and stick to it: Don't fall prey to "salad bar syndrome" and add every single thing you like to your salad just because it's good on its own. Find a focus.
- Don't overload on soft ingredients: Make sure your salad has equal parts soft and crunchy ingredients.
- Underdress your salad: It's always better to underdress your salad and have some extra dressing on the side than to overdress your salad and ruin it.
Beyond that, Shure and McCabe recommend you give your salads great texture, colour, bold flavours, a little acid, cold dressing, some crunch and to always use the best ingredients possible.
How to Make the Best Salad [YouTube]