Tips to Make that Perfect Salad: Guaranteed!

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When you hit your mid-twenties, you start realising that your metabolism isn’t the same as when you were 16. And this just keeps getting worse with age.

Earlier, even an entire tub of chocolate chip ice-cream wouldn’t do any harm but now, even a bar of ice-cream will go straight to your hips.

That’s why, as people start growing up, they even start taking care of what they eat.

We all know that a salad is the best choice for a healthy meal. It is tasty, filling and super-duper healthy.

But the problem arises when you have to make it at home, and you just don’t seem to get it right.

So, here’s a guide for tossing up that perfect salad and trust me, if you follow these rules you’ll realise, it isn’t all that difficult to make one.

  1. Greens: It all starts with the greens — if you haven’t picked the right ones, you might as well not make a salad. Go for something with character, say — arugula, kale, or even romaine. One thing that all these lettuces have in common is that they’re able to stand strong in the face of all manner of dressings. Wash and dry the lettuces properly, and if you’re using kale or something more or less like that, massage it and then chop it a bit, which makes it seem more refined, and can make it easier to eat.
  1. Dressing: The most important thing you need to know about a salad dressing is ‘311’, that is, in a bowl, dump in 3 parts extra virgin olive oil to 1 vinegar (of your choice) to 1-part Dijon mustard. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and using a fork or whisk, stir it hard for about 20 seconds.

You can customise the dressing according to your taste. Add thyme, use lemon juice in place of vinegar, or add a dash of fish sauce. The basic point is that once you have the initial vinaigrette down, you can swerve all over the place to make it more interesting and fresh.

Important: don’t put the dressing in on the lettuce until the very last second unless you want your salad to turn soggy. The dressing gives your salad flavour and this works against the inherent structure of the lettuce.

  1. Second-last step: Now, if you want something more filling, you can always add diced/shredded chicken, cherry tomatoes, croutons, asparagus or even corn kernels. Let your imagination run wild.
  1. Last step: Drizzle on a little dressing, less than you think you might need, then use your hand to mix the salad and make sure everything’s perfectly coated. If you still think you need a little bit more then add a wee bit more and mix it.
  1. Now quickly serve it!

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