Salad Days

Salad Days
         

Starfrit Kitchens Presents Salad Days

by Marcy Goldman

A great salad is always popular but these days, what with salad places cropping up in so many fast casual restaurants, the interest in ‘lite’ eating along with dense nutrition, has made our appetites for salad skyrocket. Salads are also so much more varied, appetizing and easily put together these days (and anything can be ‘salad’) that the love affair knows no bounds. It’s not just nutrition or diet friendly, it’s become exciting and globally flavored as you choose. Summertime torques this rock star food, whether it’s a side salad or more often, a main dish entrée, to mega heights and Starfrit’s ensemble of salad-makers (tools and utensils) add to the food fray, making signature salads even more accessible. Although you can get pre-washed greens of all sorts these days, nothing beats the type you wash yourself. Convenient as pre-washed salad greens may be, they often lack flavor (plus there’s those listeria scares!). Washing your own greens, from the store or home garden, with the help of the Gourmet Collapsible Salad Bowl, is a perfect solution, offering fresh, washed, dried greens that retain all their flavor. This space saving spinner also doubles as a washing colander for pasta and fruit. Fresh greens take fresh herbs and the Herb Scissors make short work of basil, oregano, dill, and even shred kale into appealing tendrils that toss in the salad or the dressing. Speaking of dressing, nothing beats a homemade vinaigrette. You can add those fresh herbs, gourmet-shop pink salt and Tellicherry pepper among other goodies. Toss it all on in the Starfrit 2-in-1 Citrus Juice Dresser Shaker and you have an easy make-and-serve route for any style vinaigrette you want. Use it just for juicing oranges, lemons or limes or make, serve and store the salad dressing in it. This is the sort of item that makes sense to have a few on hand, storing some vinaigrette choices. A Starfrit Pro Mandolin is one of those tools that transform your best homey efforts into creations that not only taste great but look professional. Safe design ensures you slice, cut, and julienne all manner of raw salad vegetables (or shoe string potatoes to be served with garden rosemary) into restaurant quality precision. The mandolin is especially recommended for layering salads such as tomatoes, cucumber, beet and tomato. Lastly you’re going to need to toss and serve that salad and nothing beats the Starfrit Salad and Pasta Tongs. Designed to clip together which creates a spring action salad pair or pasta claw, the easy-wash and store Salad and Pasta Tongs, like many Starfrit items, do double duty with hot, or cold pasta salads or traditional green salads. Put them together with the integrated Juicer Dresser Shaker and you also have a great hostess gift.   Related recipes: