|Black seeded Simpson and Matina Sweet|
The second thing salad means to me is the wodge of green that is slapped on a plate and nudged to the edge by the fleshocentric* main dishes that the salad offers a weak justification for gorging on. In my world, it is typically one of three options:
- The Triumvirate (lettuce, cucumber, wedge of pallid tomato tasting of dirty water)
- The Slaw (cabbage and carrot, creamy dressing)
- The Jello (orange or red with fruit, or occasionally, and hideously, green with slaw)
Usually when I make salad I try to compensate for the lack of taste in a typical Triumvirate and add every vegetable I happen to have. This results in a salad that tastes of nothing in particular and has to be drowned in dressing for flavour. But I do have a gorgeous bed of lettuce. So I decided to try a new approach: use common ingredients, but with a "less is more" philosophy.
This is my lettuce, carrot, sunflower seed salad, with crushed garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar dressing. Fresh and sweet. I look forward to more experimentation!
*Thanks to Hugh Joseph's presentation on salad at the AFHVS conference for introducing this hilarious term to me.