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Old 08-15-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
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It depends on the type of salad. A basic mixed green or vegetable salad I serve as a starter or as a side dish to the main meal; an entree-type salad, like a Chef's, Cobb, Seafood, Chicken, etc., would be served on it's own as the main meal.

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Old 08-15-2007, 01:53 PM   #12
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It depends on how far off my timing is for the meal. If the main dish is taking longer than I planned or one of the sides isn't quite done, I will serve the salad first and alone in salad bowls. If things are all done at the same time, I have the salad at the table with the rest of the meal. I almost always use bowls because some of the kids still don't like their food to "touch". Of course, sometimes we have a large salad that is the main dish. But now that ya'll mentioned it, when I was in France, salad was always served after the main course. And I actually like that a lot at the time. It seemed to clear the palate for the glorious dessert and coffee that were coming. Maybe I'll try this at home on the nights we have dessert.

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Old 08-15-2007, 04:12 PM   #13
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When dining out salad is served first. I try to save mine for my meal but wait staff often want to take it away! I understand why. When eating at home (especially with red sauces) I like it on the same plate. My dh, however, always insists on a separate salad plate and eats it first.

I grew up in an Italian family and our salad was served as VeraBlue stated. I didn't even know there was such a thing as all these fancy dressings since ours was always oil and vinegar. I do like the old standby best but do enjoy some of the creamy types now that I am all grown up.

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