The Ultimate Salad Guide
I like salads. A lot. And really, making awesome salads is super easy. All you need is four things: NOT iceberg lettuce, cheese, nuts, and something sweet. The something sweet is optional. The not-iceberg lettuce is not.
The Base: NOT Iceberg Lettuce
Do you hate salads? No you don't. You hate iceberg lettuce. Cheers to that, I do to. You can literally buy anything else and it will do wonders for your salad game. Arugula. Baby kale or spinach. Green leaf. Red leaf. Butter lettuce. Romaine, for sakes. Take your pick.
Chop your lettuce up. I don't until after I take pictures because this is a food blog and it matters, but you will. Chop. Your. Lettuce. Up. You'll like it better. Promise.
The Cheese: Goat Cheese Belongs on Everything
Not a fan of goat cheese? Ha. Hahaha.
Goat cheese is the king of cheeses. It's a cheat. It makes every salad one billion times better. But you have options. Blue cheese. Feta. Gorgonzola. Mozzarella (get those little balls and put them in this summer caprese). Crumbled cheeses are best. Shredded works okay if it's a Mexican salad, but I mostly stay away from them. Yes, shredded cheese is cheaper, but it's dry and meant to be melted into things, not eaten raw.
Feta goes well with Mediterranean or Mexican salads, gorgonzola on anything autumn (like this persimmon and pomegranate salad), blue cheese for savory dishes that involve chicken/Ranch/Cobbs/romaine, mozzarella in Italian, and goat cheese on literally all of them.
I'm a fan of goat cheese. Or couldn't you tell?
Mix and Match with Other Salad Staples
Not required, but here are some other super common ingredients I add to my salads: