Composed salads, those salads with several ingredients attractively arranged rather than tossed, incorporate artistic sensibilities. The “composer” envisions the color and texture of the edible “painting”, orchestrates the melodic balance of flavor and, most importantly, satisfies one’s appetite with a savory salad.
My plate is my palette and I prefer using white plates or a large white platter for composed salads, allowing the ingredients to take center stage. Having all of these ingredients assembled in advance, the “mise en place”, is most helpful.
Pomegranates and pears are delicious, seasonal fruits and can be found at most produce markets at this time of the year. Tonight my dinner salad will incorporate pomegranate seeds plucked directly from the fruit, though I’ve noticed convenient pre-packs of pomegranate seeds available. A bit of maple syrup whisked into the balsamic vinaigrette adds a subtle sweetness balancing the fresh, tart taste of pomegranate.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re a mom, what’s in it for you? I don’t have the luxury of spending Mother’s Day with my kids, enjoying their pampering and attentions; in my world, that’s a sentimental notion. But this is a holiday set aside just for us mothers, so if plans aren’t made for … Full recipe post »
I’m always on the lookout for exemplary tossed salad recipes and this one will surely rise to the top of the heap. It’s an especially handy recipe to have up your sleeve before the tender local greens start sprouting from the soil, which need little more than a tart, mustardy vinaigrette to complement their fresh … Full recipe post »
Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. A scary ride, indeed, but I survived. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
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Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of
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