Whenever there's a potluck, friends usually request that I bring a salad. Dare I share my salad secrets? I think so.
It's a simple formula: greens + at least two other colors + a nut + a burst of flavor (usually a cheese). Toss all of that with a splash of olive oil and a vinegar (usually an aged balsamic, but I've been using an orange-champagne one recently). Think textures and flavors, both sweet and savory, that just pop in your mouth!
Some of my favorites...
Greens: mixed baby greens, spinach, arugula, or mixed fresh herbs PLUS
Other colors: Red - tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, dried cranberries; Orange - carrots, peppers, persimmon, dried apricots; Yellow - peppers, tomatoes; Green - cucumbers, apples, artichoke hearts, kiwi; Blue - blueberries; Purple - boysenberries, roasted purple potatoes, belgian endives PLUS
Nuts: pinenuts, cashews, slivered almonds PLUS
Bursts of Flavor: pomegranate seeds, chevre, crumbled bleu or feta cheeses, shavings of asiago or parmigiano cheeses EQUAL...ONE SUPERB SALAD!