Summer is salad time. When the heat is on, who wants a hot, heavy meal? But now with the year 'round availability of gourmet salad greens and flavorful vegetables, salads make sense no matter what the season. Salads should be easy and take inspiration from what is fresh in the market. Simple mixed lettuces, chopped vegetable salads, pasta and potato salads, chicken or fruit salads - salads can be either the entrée or an accompaniment to any meal.
The question is, how do you dress them? Salads become boring if you rely on the same bottled dressing, time after time. Expand your repertoire and toss your salads with easy dressings made with naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Lite Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, Teriyaki Baste & Glaze and Sweet & Sour Sauce. These sauces have such a depth of flavor, you need very few other ingredients to make your salad mouthwateringly delicious. Simply whisk the Kikkoman sauce with your choice of oil or mayonnaise, and perhaps some vinegar or citrus juice and other seasonings, and you'll have a delicious dressing in no time.
Salad & Salad Dressing Tips:
How to make the perfect salad? Here are some tips to ensure excellent results:
- Wash, dry and sort through salad greens as soon as you come home from the store. Store greens in airtight plastic containers with layers of paper towels.
- Tearing lettuce causes less bruising than cutting leaves with a knife.
- Dress potato and pasta salads while they are still warm to absorb more dressing and flavor. Be sure to taste the salad again when cool and before serving to adjust for seasoning.
- Dress leafy green and fruit salads just before serving, using just enough dressing to coat the ingredients evenly.
- If you are not sure how much dressing to use, start with less than you think you need, then toss in more until salad is dressed. Too much dressing will wilt the leaves quickly.
- Plan for leftovers from basic main dishes such as grilled chicken, steak or seafood; slice them to use in a main course salad the next day.
- Make double or triple the amount of salad dressing you will need, then keep the remainder on hand in the refrigerator.
- Have fun playing with the ingredients of your dressing. Following is a list of ingredients you can add for flavor:
Fresh or dry herbs
Fresh pressed garlic or garlic powder
Grated orange or lemon peel
Minced shallots or green onions
Lemon or lime juice
Our recipe date base is full of delicious salad recipes.