Far as I know, it’s written nowhere in any culinary bible that salad must begin with a pile of shredded iceberg or mixed baby greens.
While I love a simple green salad (here’s my best recipe for homemade vinaigrette dressing), I’m drawn to non-lettuce salads. Chefs everywhere have stepped away from that steakhouse staple, the Blue Cheese Wedge Salad, and the basic house salad to experiment with salads that feature seasonal vegetables in really interesting combinations. I love this kind of non-lettuce salad topped with a sprinkling of toasted seeds or tossed with chunks of hearty toasted bread, or even savory granola.
Here’s a roundup of my best non-lettuce salad recipes. Give the ol’ iceberg a rest!