A salad can be the perfect blend of flavors coming together to harmonize different textures, herbs, spices and ingredients to create one satisfying dish. While there may be something truly nostalgic and comforting about a simple side of lettuce, tomatoes and the OG Italian, French or Ranch dressings, salads have come a long way in recent years.
The Showman Restaurant has a wide range of different salad options that are either ideal as a flavor packed component to a meal or can be a satisfying, filling, and delicious meal on their own. For those who like a bit of sweet and savory, they can enjoy the Berry Orange Spinach Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette, the Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate Apple Vinaigrette, or Peaches Kissed By Fire. The classic Greek Salad is for those who may want a more traditional option, and for something a bit heartier, there is the Tequila Chicken Quinoa Mango Salad or the Spiced Cauliflower Rice Bowl. Each salad has a unique blend of flavors and textures that can satisfy a wide range of palettes (and is currently being served with a free soup and lemonade during lunchtime hours at the restaurant).
If you want to create your own delicious salad at home, here are a few tips.
Choose Your Base: While a salad doesn’t have to have any greens – lettuce, spinach or a blend of leafy vegetables is the preferred salad base for many. If you want a leafy option but want to get a smidge out of your comfort zone, consider some lesser known choices like spicy arugula, radicchio or a bibb lettuce.
Dry Them Well: Whatever you choose, just ensure that once your base is washed, it is dried well. Excess water can ruin an amazing salad.
Something Soft: Next, consider something soft. This can be fruit such as fresh berries, creamy avocado aka pear, grains, boiled eggs, cheeses, citrus fruits, tomatoes etc.
Get Some Crunch: A good salad has a nice variation of textures. Consider adding a mix of colorful, vibrant and crisp fruit or vegetables like fennel, apples, cucumber, peppers, carrots, pears etc to the mix. You can also get creative with glazed or seasoned nuts, dried corn, crispy fried onions or jalapenos, bacon, fried wonton strips etc.
Add Some Protein: Whatever you choose, just ensure that it is well seasoned and compliments the other flavors of your salad. Great options are grilled chicken, steak, tuna, beans, peas, tofu, meat alternatives, fish, shrimp etc.
Pop Of Flavor: Don’t shy away from adding little pops of flavor. This can be in the form of dried fruit, picked vegetables, fresh herbs, or little unexpected touches that can make your salad shine.
Dress It Up: To bring it all together, add a dressing. This can be as simple as a mix of oil and vinegar, a pre-packed dressing or a homemade one. But, whatever you choose, you want something that has a little oil, a little tartness, and a burst of flavor.