Monday, April 6, 2009

Summer Salads---It is all in the presentation :-)

I love salads! But what I don't like is eating salads at parties. Most people put their salad in a bowl--like the one below. The problem with that is to make it look pretty, most of the good stuff is on top and the first five people who go through the line take the majority of it--leaving a less inviting salad for the fifteen people who follow.

So here is an idea I got from my SIL, Judy S. Instead of using a bowl, use a platter!

This way all the good stuff can be evenly distributed and no matter how many people eat the salad, the rest of it still looks beautiful. This salad is one of my most favorites. It is made from romaine lettuce and spinach and topped with Monterrey Jack cheese, mandarin oranges, diced apples, craisins, avocado and glazed pecans. Very yummy!

And for a salad dressing, here are two ideas. The first one is from another SIL, Jackie M. Take 3 parts Poppy seed dressing and mix with 1 part pesto. I know it doesn't sound that great, but it is easy, original and really does taste delicious!

For another recipe here is one called "Pink Salad Dressing" (creative, I know) from a friend in my ward, Karen H that serves 7-8.
1/4 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil.
Mix all ingredients--except oil--together in a blender. When the onion is liquefied, slowly add the oil.
This one is very yummy as well, and is also very pretty.
So . . . ENJOY your salad, and enjoy . . . the journey.


Carolyn said...

Genius! Why didn't I think of that.

Dave and Camille said...

Yum... I think I need to go and make a salad now :)

Jenny said...

That sounds and looks so good I'm drooling. Can't wait to try it served on a platter of course.

I tagged you on my blog today ...can't wait to see your results;o)

Shannon said...

Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

gramee said...

i have a beautiful platter that will work just great for that!
i love that salad also! one of my favorites..
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or toilet papering your best friends house! i will have some fun reading with this book i will pass some of these on to all my blogging friends!!

Becky said...

You are right about the platter--it does look better that way. And the second dressing recipe I will have to try soon.

MissKris said...

Brilliant. I'm SO glad I have your genes.

Xazmin said...

What a great idea! I'm totally taking a platter of salad to my next function!


Momza said... I will never put a salad in a bowl again. And, wow! the salad looks phenomenal! lips are watering over here! thank you thank you!!!

the Eggett's said...

What great tips! Thanks Lori!

Marilyn said...

YUM! The platter idea is great.