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6 ways to make a better salad

It’s the perfect mix of crispy, crunchy, creamy, tangy and sweet — and so much more than a side dish you feel duty bound to eat because it’s good for you.
6 ways to make a better salad

6 ways to dress up your salads | August 2015

Glossary: Salad

The word salad comes from herba salata, the Latin term for “salted vegetables.” It’s a gentle reminder to season your greens generously with good-quality salt (like kosher or flaky salt) to give each bite flavour and punch.

6 ways to make a better saladPhoto, Digital Vision/Getty Images.

Get an excellent salad spinner

OXO Good Grips salad spinner, $43, The Bay.

6 ways to make a better salad
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Get a really big wooden bowl

Open kitchen wood salad bowl, $56, Williams-Sonoma.

6 ways to make a better saladPhoto, Jeff Carlson.

Leaf through these cookbooks

Three beautiful new books devoted to all things green!

The Salad Bowl, Nicola Grimes, $31.
Vibrant food, Kimberly Hasselbrink, $30.
Mr. Wilkinson;s well-dressed salads, Matt Wilkinson, $36.

6 ways to make a better saladPhoto, Erik Putz.

Pimp your vinaigrette

Switch up your salad by swapping in a new dressing. Anything goes — just keep the ratios the same. Measure everything into a jar and shake it up.

6 ways to make a better saladIllustration, Erica Collins.
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Find a delicious oil for dressing

Our new fave: Cold-pressed virgin canola oil, $9, Foodie Pages.

6 ways to make a better salad

In the blazing heat of summer, after a day spent in our test kitchen, there’s no way I’ll turn on the oven or stove at home. Instead, I make my favourite meal: a Big Salad. This non-recipe is a huge bowl of leaf lettuce topped with avocado, feta, tomatoes, toasted nuts and seeds, and a simple vinaigrette. It’s the perfect mix of crispy, crunchy, creamy, tangy and sweet — and so much more than a side dish you feel duty bound to eat because it’s good for you. To fall in love with salad (or just to rekindle the affair), get my salad necessities (above). — Claire Tansey, Chatelaine Food Director.

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