Lettuce lost its zing? Here’s how to cheer it up!
Summer is here and you’re wishing that summer dress wasn’t so tight. If only the weather had turned warmer, sooner you might have been able to do something about it. Well, do not despair!
That good old summer favourite SALAD is here and with a bit of imagination you can add not only a zing but help some of those inches slide away. Read on for ideas on how to cheer up lettuce.
It’s not just lettuce
The basis of a salad is usually leaf but with so many varieties out there you can ring the changes and with it, the flavour and colours. Whether it is peppery radicchio with its red veins or the fluffy endive, you can creative a different masterpiece every time and cater for the tastes within the family This list shows just what is available out there.
As this picture of red chard I spotted in Normandy shows it can be pretty effective as part of a floral arrangement too!
What do you fancy?
We are lovers of the French way of life and have adopted their passion for large bowls of salad that are a meal in themselves. The ingredients you add to the basics can be whatever is in the larder or the fridge or you can buy specific items that you fancy.
A selection of starters
Some of these ‘entrees’ were big enough to make me question the sense of ordering a ‘plat’. The ingredients again show the variety that can make up a salad.
‘Plats’ to make the mouth water!
Salade Normand – Leaf tomatoes, fried potatoes, ham and camembert toasted on bread topped off with slices of apple
This delicious bowl had eggs, ham, Emmental and rice on top of the basics.
Both of these dishes had a ‘substantial’ ingredient – bread and rice – which took it from being an accompaniment to a main course.
You needn’t go to France!
Salad bowls are becoming a regular feature in our supermarkets nowadays and you can’t miss the bright packaging from Steve’s Leaves a company passionate about nature-friendly farming. Their range of baby salad leaves is packed in ‘pillow’ bags of 60g which keep the leaves fresh and are in a quantity which is ideal for 1 or 2 helping to reduce waste.
I was invited to try a new addition to their extensive range – salad bowls. They arrived well package and the containers had lots of information on them and the contents were surprisingly fresh from their journey.
Obviously, they could be eaten from the bowls as part of the on-the-go image. However, as a fork is not provided, the lunch-time market may not be their main aim.
Hubby and I sat down to share them and in market research style, I asked for his opinion.
Contained pea shoots, baby spinach, confetti coriander and small red chard plus dried mango and coconut pieces, carrot sticks with a chilli and lemon grass dressing.
Opinion: Lovely flavour and quite a tang to it
Perfect ploughman’s salad:
Contained red frilly mustard, green Batavia, mizuna leaves plus cheddar chunks, rustic crackers, pearl onions, mini gherkins and pickle dressing
Opinion: Tastes like a ploughman’s lunch and has got all the ingredients.
We really enjoyed our tasting session although we both agreed that it could probably do with something say a bread roll or to be used as an accompaniment to meat or fish. Maybe we are big eaters!
Hopefully, this post has given you some ideas to perk up your salads, explore the variety of leaves out there and tickle your taste buds.
What are your favourite combinations? Tell us how you cheer up lettuce in the comments below.