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.
Got tomatoes? I sure do, and you may have a bunch yourself, especially after local gardeners and farmers have combed their vines anticipating the frosty nights. I purchased a bushel for a song at a roadside stand, so tomato-centric ideas for the next week are in order. Making and freezing tomato sauce is a given; … Full recipe post »
Everyone seems to have an opinion on what makes a good tabouli. I’m no exception, and I prefer my tabouli heavy on the parsley to bulgur ratio, and zippy with lemon juice. I also like the flavor of Italian parsley (as opposed to curly) and make that parsley chopped extra, extra fine, if you please. After … 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. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
are my story. More about Peggy and this site...
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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