Salads – The Basics according to Dianne

NOTE: You should eat these salads the same day they are made. The fruit adds a lot of liquid and it does not refrigerate well.

You can create great salads by using this guide. Salads should contain 5 basic elements (or more if you are feeling creative):

  1. Greens
  2. Fruits
  3. Nuts
  4. Cheeses
  5. Dressings


You can use one of the following or a combination:

  • Iceberg Lettuce (boring)
  • Romain (boring)
  • Leafy Green Lettuce
  • Leafy Red Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Chopped Red Onion (should have some in every salad)


Typically only one fruit is used but you might combine the oranges and strawberries together.

  • Dried Cranberries
  • Rasberries
  • Canned Mandarine Oranges (drained)
  • Sliced Strawberries


Typically only one nut is used in a salad.

  • Pine Nuts (recommended)
  • Toasted, Sliced Almonds
  • Candied or Toasted Pecans


  • Feta (recommended)
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles


Dressings should be sweet and clear (not sour cream or mayo based).

  • Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Balsalmic Vinaigrette
  • Poppy Seed

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