Salad Days, Salad Nights, Salads at BITE
Ever adaptable, alway delicious!
As a process of food preparation salad is one of the most versatile ways to approach ingredients. The medium can incorporate any number of elements - leafy greens, legumes, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meat, bread - all are fair game. Although there are many ways to interpret the idea of salad, the word itself has Latin roots. Derived from the Roman word for “salty”, salata likely referred to the Roman practice of salting or seasoning greens. This idea of seasoning is central to the idea of salad and most modern variations feature a dressing of some sort to bind the textures and flavors of the mixture.
There are as many ways to approach the preparation of a salad as there are ingredients with which to create them. At one end of the spectrum, the concept is perfectly suited to the improvisational spirit of a quickly tossed salad. Encouraging a spontaneous combination of ingredients at hand, a simple salad is easily adapted to different seasons and flavors. Indeed it is the very simplicity of a tossed salad that makes it such an excellent component of a meal. Whether enjoyed at the beginning, middle, or end of the meal, tossed salads offer a playful freshness that serves to enhance the overall dining experience.
Perhaps less familiar is the more deliberate composed salad. A composed salad differs from the more well known “simple salad” in that its ingredients are carefully arranged and dressed on the plate rather than being tossed together before serving. This process allows for a careful consideration of flavors and textures, encouraging a diner to explore the interplay of different elements. This visually appealing presentation is also an ideal way to feature high quality & seasonal ingredients. Unlike most tossed salads, a composed salad is very often substantial enough to function as the main component of the meal. Classics like the Niçoise and the Cobb are complete with as little as some crusty bread and a glass of wine.
Composed or simple, the main event or a started, salads are a delicious addition to any meal. BITE’s current offerings feature a number of preparations and ingredients - be sure to try our seasonal stunner - The Shaved Winter Salad - while you still can!