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):
You can use one of the following or a combination:
- Iceberg Lettuce (boring)
- Romain (boring)
- Leafy Green Lettuce
- Leafy Red Lettuce
- 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
- 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