August 30, 2010 4:29 PM Subscribe
Why are salads at restaurants so much better than at home?
posted by otherwordlyglow to food & drink (37 answers total) 93 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interesting in making the best simple green salad I can make: olive oil, vinegar, maybe a slight bit of mustard to emulsify the dressing, salt, pepper, fresh greens, that's it. Obviously, top-notch olive oil and vinegar are required. But whenever I eat a really good salad, I'm always curious as to why the simplest green salad is SO much better than I make at home. I think I'm not asking so much about recipes as technique. And unlike this question
, I don't think butter and cream are the answer.
Am I not drying the salad well enough perhaps? Is there a secret to getting lettuce bone dry (I have a spinner)? Is there some other mystical magic that makes their salads so good? Croutons, bacon bits, sunflower seeds, etc. are not welcome.