How to Make Salad & Easy Salad Dressing

How to make salad is not as complex as you might think. Whether you are looking for an easy salad recipe or a simple salad dressing or vinaigrette to have on your favorite salad greens, learning how to make salad should start with first learning about the different types of salad greens, how to buy them, how to prep and store them and then how to make a simple salad dressing.

You might, in fact, be surprised to learn that many of the best salad recipes served in fancy restaurants are just fresh greens tossed with a very basic vinaigrette or dressing or even just quality extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. By learning about the different types of salad greens and some salad dressing and vinaigrette basics, you can easily enhance your salad making and eating experiences forever.

Video Cooking School Classes

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Salad Greens | Selecting & Preparing

Fresh and crisp salad greens are a healthy and refreshing part of a balanced diet. These days, the markets are filled with an array of vibrant greens. One can literally make a unique salad every day of the week that will vary in color, composition and flavor. By using a variety of greens, salads will not only look visually stunning, but they will taste great.

In this lesson, you will learn how to choose and identify an assortment of salad greens. You will learn how to clean and refresh greens and how to dry and store them. You will also learn how to properly dress and toss a salad and how to combine greens in order to compose different salads.

Gone are the days of boring salads. By having a supply of clean, seasonal greens in the refrigerator, you will be inspired to put together a fresh, crisp and healthy salad on a regular basis. Whether served as a whole meal or a simple side, salads are easy to work into your cooking repertoire.

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Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette Basics

All chefs and seasoned cooks make their own vinaigrettes and dressings. They are extremely easy to make and most importantly, the cook is in complete control of what goes into them. Most manufactured vinaigrettes and dressings contain a long list of unnatural ingredients and preservatives. When you learn the simple technique of making your own, you have the freedom to personalize the flavor by using fresh, quality ingredients.

In this lesson you will learn the difference between unstable and stable emulsions and the difference between vinaigrettes and dressings. We will teach you how to build a basic vinaigrette, using a variety of oils and acids. Once you learn how to make a basic vinaigrette, you will learn simple ways to flavor this kitchen staple. Finally, you will learn how to match vinaigrettes to various types of greens.

Vinaigrettes are multi-functional and should not be reserved just for salads. Whether you are marinating foods, dressing fish or shellfish, or if you want to add a punch of flavor to steamed vegetables or grains, vinaigrettes are an extremely easy way to expand your culinary repertoire.

Cooking Video Techniques

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Drying & Storing Salad Greens

This instructional cooking video on Drying & Storing Salad Greens, is part of the Rouxbe Cooking School.

This cooking video is taken from the lesson on
Salad Greens | Selecting & Preparing.

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Cleaning & Refreshing Salad Greens

This instructional cooking video on Cleaning & Refreshing Salad Greens, is part of the Rouxbe Cooking School.

This cooking video is taken from the lesson on
Salad Greens | Selecting & Preparing.

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How to Pit and Dice an Avocado

Here's an easy way to pit and dice the avocado fruit to make delicious guacamole, salsa or just to add to a salad.

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Unstable vs. Stable Emulsions

This instructional cooking video on Unstable vs. Stable Emulsions, is part of the Rouxbe Cooking School.

This cooking video is taken from the lesson on
Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette Basics.

Instructional Video & Text Recipes

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Salade Lyonnaise

A classic French bistro salad. Baby frisée, bacon, a poached egg and home made croûtons are tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette.

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Belgian Endive Salad

Layers of endive topped with fresh dates, crumbled blue cheese, toasted walnuts and drizzled with a delicious Dijon vinaigrette.

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Spinach Salad w/ Goat Cheese and a Maple Walnut Vinaigrette

Spinach, walnuts and goat cheese served with a warm maple Dijon and walnut vinaigrette.

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Greek Salad

This fresh and healthy Greek salad is full of color and flavor.

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Shrimp Mango Salad

A healthy and delicious salad finished with an orange cilantro cumin dressing.

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Panzanella Salad

This Italian summer salad is vibrant and delicious. Ripe tomatoes, crunchy bread and fragrant basil are tossed together with a simple, refreshing vinaigrette.

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Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

This is quick, everyday dressing is fresh, citrusy and so very easy to make.

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Orange-Cumin-Coriander Vinaigrette

A refreshing and healthy citrus vinaigrette.

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Mint Pea and Endive Salad

This is a fantastic fresh salad with avocado, endive, romaine lettuce, peas and a beautiful mint and Dijon mustard vinaigrette.

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Green Beans with Cambozola & Pinenuts

Warm green beans tossed with creamy Cambozola cheese and toasted pine nuts. This extremely easy-to-make dish can be served as a side or even as a delicious warm salad.

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Fresh Lemon-Coriander Vinaigrette

The mixture of these bold flavors, lemon, marmalade, coriander and garlic make it an incredible vinaigrette, dipping sauce or marinade.

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Croûtons

Irresistible buttery and crispy croûtons make the perfect garnish for soups and salads.