Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What's your Salad Style?

The Hot (and I mean HOT!) Summer weather we've been having up here in the North Country has got me into Summer salad mode and searching for some cool, new salad recipes. Which got me to thinking about all the different ways to serve salad...

Adhereing to the "play it safe" policy that simple is always best, salad has always been served at our house on chilled clear glass plates a la restaurant style. Now that's for guests, for everyday salads it's in a salad bowl & then onto the dinner plate. Like I said, I like simple.
My french mother-in-law always serves the salad last! Right after the main course but before dessert. And always, always with a plated arrary of cheese. I guess it's french thing. After a few years and lots of meals at the in-laws I started to follow her lead, I mean after all... she was french! It seems the French have it right when it comes to serving salad. A fresh plate of greens with a bit of brie after a meal is surprisingly refreshing and our guests seem to love this reverse approach to serving salad. One more culinary tip to thank my mother in law for.

After scouring the net for fresh looks for salad plates, decided it's time to ditch the clear plates for awhile and branch out a bit. Check below to see all the slick salad plates I found and let me know what you think! Click on the pink links below each photo for where to find.

You can't go wrong with clean and white.

What about a fresh fruit salad on these?

Adore this natural look.

These are so transitional, can see them in Winter or Summer.

Lovely for a ladies luncheon, don't you think?

Salad or Sushi would both work here.

Loved the pop of red on this one.

Wouldn't these look smashing with yellow linens?
Would love see these on a red checked tablecloth.

I'm such a sucker for Shabby & Chic, when I came across these I fell head over heels.
So... here are my new Salad Plates. Aren't they dreamy?

What's Your Salad Style?

How do you serve salad at your house? Individual bowls? One big salad bowl? On a plate? Do you serve with the meal or as a separate course?


escapade said...

Love the pretty floral plates for a summer garden party! Perfect paired with fresh flowers on the table.

Kristen said...

As a hoarder of all things "food photography prop" I am loving every single one of those plates!!

Schuyler Levin said...

Great salad ideas! I usually serve it in a big bowl and pass it around family-style along with the main course.

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Thanks for leaving the comment today. I am following your blog now, don't know why I wasn't already. Wanted to let you know that I love my Merry Mixers apron that I won from Sandy's blog :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Debbie and Andrea, I am coming to you by way of Cotage and Vine. Just loved the blog name and had a hunch that I might find some wonderful things here. You did not disappoint!

Thanks for the creative and fabulous ideas for serving salad. Right now my ver favorite salad is Arugula, Pinenuts and Shaved Parm with a Lemon Viniagrette. I could eat it every day! I forgot about chilling the plates. Cool idea (pun intended)!

I also spent time taking in some of your other posts~ wonderful
I am a new follower, I don't want to miss another post!
Yvonne @ StoneGable

Nancy said...

What great selections! You chose adorable plates. I like the ones with the splashes of color to! They're all so cute!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish

Anonymous said...

These are adorable plates! I'm a fan of serving a salad in a large bowl, and setting out small serving plates. I love Fiestaware, and the different colors that can work its way into this. Love your aprons as well!

Amanda said...

Seriously. You just gave me the worst case of plate envy. They are all so cool!!! I want to go shopping with you sometime! :)


bicocacolors said...

what a beautiful selection!!
thanks from spain!

Jacqueline said...

Love the salad plates. I am going with the shabby chic ones too. We usually do the salad bowl, but for meals that are a little more special it is plates for sure. I have noticed we all eat more salad when we use the salad plates. One good reason to use them. Nice to meet you. I met you through my sister's blog Red Couch Recipes.

Housewife Bliss said...

I just bought those target funny is that. I like salad as a meal -- roasted veg salad, or asian noodle salad are my 2 favourite right now-- and always in a big bowl with smaller rounded plates. You made me think on that one...great post.

Feast on the Cheap said...

Yes ma'am, I'll take those Anthropologie plates please!