4 Tips for Making a Restaurant-Quality Salad at Home

Have you ever craved for a salad from your favorite restaurant, but delivery isn’t possible at that time? Yet, you can just imagine tasting the zingy, zesty blend of their signature dressing. Just the thought of those lush greens that are so inviting and irresistible, you can’t wait to dig in. Now, let us show you that you can whip that salad right at the comfort of your home with following these simple tips.

  1. Start with the salad dressing.

You’d be amazed about how you can easily whip up any salad dressing you’re craving for.  You don’t have to settle for salad dressings in a bottle. Common ingredients in your pantry is all you need for that tangy vinaigrette. The classic recipe for basic home vinaigrette is 3 parts oil (olive oil) to one part vinegar (any vinegar will do). You can change the ratio to 2 parts oil to one part vinegar if you’d like a more acidic blend.

Once you’re satisfied with the taste and you know the ratio, you can mix and match it with any ingredient you like. Add in mustard or honey to keep it emulsified, or improve flavor with chili flakes, shallots, and herbs — the possibilities are limitless.

  1. Next, season your greens.

One reason why restaurant salad is exceptionally good is that they are seasoned well. Chefs make it a point to season fresh produce with a dash of salt and pepper.

  1. Use a mix of greens for a variety of texture and flavor

Have you noticed that your favorite restaurant salad is a mix of different greens? Why? Because it elevates the salad even more. Most groceries now have packs of mixed greens. But, it’s still better and easier to simply do it yourself at home. Keep in mind flavor and texture when you mix and match your greens. Romaine and iceberg have more of a crunch than spinach or arugula. And watercress and arugula will add a peppery bite compared to mild Bibb lettuce or simple green leaf lettuce.

  1. Mix in fresh herbs.

Think beyond lettuce and add in herbs to your mix of greens. Use whatever herb you have in the fridge. But, you can also add parsley or cilantro and they can be considered a key green ingredient in your salad. Toss cilantro into a taco salad, basil into a tomato-mozzarella salad, and mint with a feta-olive salad. Experiment with herbs and have it according to your taste and preference.

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