Monday, November 23, 2009

Vegetable Salad

"Salad, a term derived from the Latin sal (salt), which yielded the form salata, 'salted things' such as the raw vegetables in classical times with a dressing of oil, vinegar or salt. The word turns up in Old French as salade and then in late 14th century English as salad or sallet."salad also includes other than fresh vegetables and fruits such as egg salad,cookie salad,pasta salad etc.They include a mixture of cold and hot, often including raw vegetables and/or fruits.Here is a very delicious recipe for a vege Salad.Here I am listing the quantity needed for a small tray,but i have done two small and a big tray for a get-together.
Lettuce,cut into 1 inch pieces - 5 cups
Bell Pepper,deseeded and thinly sliced - 3 nos
Cherry tomatoes,quartered - 2 1/2 cups
Olives - 1 cup
Sliced Almonds - 1/2 cup
Cucumber sliced - 1 nos
Carrot grated - 2 nos
Onion big - 1 no

1)Wash and pat dry all of your vegetables.
2)Arrange the lettuce leaves on your tray,covering the entire bottom of the tray.
3)Take your prepared vegetables and arrange them around the tray in sections.Try to keep your colors separated and spread out the green colored vegetables.I like to use a green vegetable,then a colored vegetable and then another green vegetable and so forth as I go around my tray.I have followed this order of arrangement-Lettuce,Bell pepper,Cucumber,Carrots,Onions,Tomatoes,Olives and Almonds.
4)Repeating the layer atleast twice would make the salad very delicious.

1)If you are hosting a party, you will need to create a presentably appealing vegetable tray.One of my Chef friend has told me "Research says 90% of food liking is for visual appeal and only 10% is for taste"
2)Creating a veggie tray is really easy if you plan ahead and gather everything that you will need before you begin to assemble your tray.
3)Try to get different coloured Bell peppers for a more appealing look.
4)Use of Onions can be limited or avoided in case the tray has to be served a while after it's done.


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