A salad can be all things to all meals-the tangy, crisp accent for a rich meat entree of the impressive introduction to a steak or seafood dinner, sometimes served as a first course of distinction in the California manner. It can be an entire luncheon dish-hot for fall and winter, brilliant with fruits or vegetabels in season, or meat en gelee, set forth on correctly chilled plates.
It can be tossed in a bowl, arranged or molded with an artist’s eye as a medley of color, taste and texture; or mixed before one’s guests with virtuoso skill. It can be a summer meal in itself, a buffet relish bowl or hearty and served hot from the oven.
A perfect salad is an unforgettable way for a good cook to shine. Herewith, many kinds from simple family-style and picnic salads to those for company and grand occasions.