First impressions are like interpretations of information whether you have all the information or not. Here’s a funny story that happened a few months ago. My youngest son was at a school function and won a gift certificate to a restaurant called “Sweet Tomatoes”. He won because he read several books in a book challenge. The funny thing was, after we got home he said to me, “I did all that work reading and I got my worst thing ever, tomatoes.” Hilarious. He didn’t realize that the restaurant is actually a salad bar type place with so many other things than tomatoes. His interpretation by the name was a terrible gift of his most hated food. Hahaha!
I was reminded of that story one night as I was preparing a simple savory salad dinner. It is a perfect meal when there aren’t many choices in the pantry and time is limited. The thing is, I always get complements on how delicious and appetizing it looks when in reality consists of veggies that are leftover combined with some sort of protein and raw veggies to fill in the blanks.
I decided it would be fun to show you how putting a little thought into the presentation of your meal can actually change how you feel about it. I set up two identical bowls and filled them with the same ingredients but adjusted the orientation of the ingredients of one of the bowls. It was minimal effort however the results are quite stunning. Check it out:
These two salads have the same exact ingredients in them. All it took was a little planning to organize the ingredients to make it look so much more appetizing. The only difference is that each ingredient has a place rather than equally distributed over the bowl.
When thinking of a savory salad as a meal, I usually plan for some sort of protein, raw and cooked veggies and a starch (veggie or noodle). I don’t use salad dressing since all the ingredients have complex flavors when combined, a simple squeeze of lemon helps to highlight those combinations. I also like to have different textures too. This would be my recipe:
I hope you get the chance to try this out. It is a super simple way to fancy up your dinner. Enjoy!