A garden salad is a salad consisting of lettuce and simple vegetables found in a small vegetable garden such as tomatoes, carrots, onions, mesclun greens and dressing.
The "green salad" or "garden salad" is most often composed of some vegetables, built up on a base of leaf vegetables such as one or more lettuce varieties, spinach, or rocket (arugula). The salad leaves are cut or torn into bite-sized fragments and tossed together (called a tossed salad), or may be placed in a predetermined arrangement.
Other common vegetables in a green salad include cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms, onions, spring onions, red onions, carrots and radishes. Other ingredients such as tomatoes, pasta, olives, cooked potatoes, rice, green beans, croutons, cheeses, meat (e.g. bacon, chicken), or fish (e.g. tuna) are sometimes added to salads. In a restaurant, a small salad without meat is called a dinner salad.
Popular types of garden salads
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Caesar Salad: A typical Caesar salad comprises romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, sardines, and black pepper originally prepared tableside.
Cobb Salad: The Cobb salad is a garden salad and was a signature menu item of the legendary Brown Derby. The original recipe contained: Lettuce (head lettuce, watercress, chicory, and romaine), Tomatoes, Crisp bacon, Chicken breast, Hard-cooked eggs, Avocado, Roquefort cheese, Chives, Special Cobb salad vinaigrette.
True Greek salad is essentially a tomato salad made of sliced or chopped tomatoes with a few slices of cucumber, and red onion, seasoned with salt, black pepper, and oregano and dressed with olive oil. Common additions include feta cheese, bell peppers, capers, anchovies, sardines and kalamata olives. Lettuce and vinegar are not used in a Greek salad.
Lettuce Salad: A lettuce salad is a distinct salad, popular in Greece, especially in the autumn and spring, consisting of finely sliced lettuce, scallions, and fresh dill, and dressed with salt, black pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar or lemon juice. We sometimes think of this salad as a "herb salad."
Herb Salads: Herb salads consist of a mixed variety of lettuce (rocket, romain, watercress, oakleaf, baby spinach, sorrel) that's mixed with an assortment of garden herbs. In fact many of what we think of as salad leaves are really herbs. You can use any herb like chives, flat parsley, coriander, chervil, etc. to mint. Classic vinaigrette dressings works nicely with herbs.
Homemade Salad Dressings: Nothing beats the fresh taste of homemade salad dressings and you would be surprised just how easy they are to make. Visit our Homemade Salad Dressing page to find some great recipes.
Homemade Flavored Oils: Flavored oils add an excellent taste to fresh garden salads. Make your own homemade oils and use them in your cooking as well. To find out how visit our Flavored Oil Section of our website. (flavored oil recipes)
Vinegar: Something as simple as plain vinegar sprinkled over salads adds tremendous flavors to all types of salads. It's not uncommon either for vinegar & oil both to be added on top of your favorite salad dressing as a second layer of taste. Homemade vinegars are easy to make so if your up for it, try some of our flavored vinegar recipes.
Garden Salad Plated: This photo is a great example of how to plate a garden salad for a fantastic visual effect. We not only eat by taste but we also eat with our eyes. Use this photo to help guide you in plating beautiful salads at home.