Salad à la mode recipe

Published June 27, 2010 6:28PM (EDT)

(Serving size: Approximately 2 ounces of baby greens per person)


Throw together any combination from one or more of the following categories. Experiment with different mixes, letting your taste buds be the judge.


  • Chevre (goat cheese), crumbled or warmed
  • Blue cheese, crumbled
  • Imported Italian Reggiano Parmesan, shaved
  • Asiago, grated or shaved

Nuts & Seeds

  • Sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Pecans, toasted
  • Walnuts, toasted
  • Pine nuts, toasted


  • Yellow or red cherry tomatoes
  • Fennel, thinly sliced (sautéed, if you like)
  • Wild mushrooms (sautéed if you like)


  • Herbed croutons
  • Leek, white and pale green part only, thinly sliced or shredded, thoroughly washed, then sautéed in butter or oil over medium-high heat until crisp
  • Garlic cloves, thinly sliced and sautéed in butter or oil over medium heat until golden brown
  • Chives, finely diced
  • Fresh mint or basil leaves

By Bob Blumer

Bob Blumer (aka the Surreal Gourmet) hosts his own program on the Food Channel.
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