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Building the Perfect Entrée Salad

Posted on April, 14 2015
As we emerge from winter each year, I’m always delighted with the bounty of spring fruits and vegetables suddenly available in the markets. Crimson red strawberries, tall slender asparagus, and ribbons of green leafy lettuces… my culinary inspiration moves into overdrive! And what better way to enjoy these beauties than by turning them into dinnertime superstars.

The entrée salad – or composed salad, as we say at Jessie et Laurent – gives seasonal produce a well-deserved starring role on the dining table. Plus, this main course alternative can be surprisingly simple to prepare. 

While building a delicious composed salad isn’t rocket science, it’s more like food art. Just mix and match ingredients to achieve a perfect balance of flavor and texture. Typically, we try to include three or four items from these key categories: greens, grains, protein, nuts (or seeds), cheese, and fruit. Who doesn’t love the bold flavors of arugula, diced apple, blue cheese, and pecans? Even the seemingly simple but classic Caesar Salad follows our rule: romaine, parmesan, croutons, and anchovy. There are virtually endless combinations that will yield delicious and unique salad bowls, so recipe fatigue is virtually impossible.

But our goal at Jessie et Laurent is to make your life easier through our cooking, so we’re bringing back some of our most popular composed salads – and offering a new one:

  • Greek Salad with Roast Chicken* and Olive Vinaigrette
  • New Organic Butternut Squash, Hazelnut, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad
  • Salade “Quatre Saisons” with Grilled Chicken*
  • Chinese Chicken* Salad

    Organic Butternut Squash & Prosciutto Salad

All you need to do is place your order! And don’t worry if you missed one – we’ll be rotating composed salads throughout the spring and summer months. Bon appétit!

* Also available with seasoned organic tofu 
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