Often, when sharing a recipe, I will end by saying serve with warm bread and/or a simple salad to complete the meal. No biggie – everyone knows what a simple salad might be. The reality of a simple salad is just what the name suggests – some mixed greens, tomatoes and whatever else you feel like tossing into the mix.
Sometimes we will serve a simple salad alongside the main dish instead of a vegetable dish or as a way of adding color to the plate. More often than not in our house, a simple salad is the conclusion to supper. Call it European style dining if you like, having the salad at the end of the meal does two things – it allows you to have the hot foods while they are still hot, and it’s a refreshing end. Cool, crisp – perfect.
I am sure everyone has their own take on a simple salad. Here is mine.
1 Package Mixed Green Salad
2 Green Onions, Chopped
1/2 Cucumber, sliced
3 or 4 White Mushrooms (button mushrooms), sliced
Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, handful
Garlic Croutons, if desired
Toss mixed greens with onions in a large salad bowl. Tuck cucumber slices around outer edge. Sprinkle sliced mushrooms and tomatoes on top of greens.
Serve salad on chilled plates, sprinkle with croutons (if using) and a selection of dressings on the side.