The salad has so many more meanings today than the late 70’s when I was a young chef. Hot or chilled the salad is no longer a cold dish consisting of vegetables, as lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, covered with a dressing and sometimes containing seafood, meat, or eggs. It could be a macaroni dish, hot potatoes, or rice.
The main four classifications of a salad are defined as bound salads, composed salads, farinaceous salads, and tossed salads.
Bound salads are assembled with thick sauces such as sour cream or mayonnaise. Composed salads like an antipasto are plate arrangements that offer a taste and plate appeal to meet a certain menu. A farinaceous salad is a salad that is made with potatoes, pasta, or grains. A tossed salad is the familiar type of salad that we have always found as lettuce and veggie salad.