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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

How to make a Composed Salad, your new go-to for salads any time of the year!

What is a Composed Salad? Come and take a look at how easy it is to make one yourself using your favorite ingredients, plus we offer five of our favorites to enjoy!


We have spent the last three days traveling over 1200 miles in a search for our next property. Not only were we tired each evening when turning into bed for the night. But as we looked back on our meals for the day, they were sadly lacking in vegetables and some fruit, yikes! Usually, when we travel we take along our little 5thwheel and I have learned to use the small but efficient kitchen to turn out the same meals we eat at home. In other words, meals with lots of vegetables along with some fruit. 

Because I love to create new dishes, and also a food blogger, many times in the evenings I will think about what I want to cook and bake the next day. But on this trip, the only thing I kept thinking about was how sad our "grab it and let's get going" meals were...which leads to this post about Composed Salads. You see a composed salad is nothing more than a combination of vegetables and or fruit, arranged on a serving platter, then dressed with seasonings and/or a vinaigrette or creamy salad dressing. 

And as I sat there resting each evening, hoping that my brain would stop sending the ongoing road-noise signal, I thought about our meals at home and when we travel. And my favorite spur-of-the-moment salad, a Composed Salad! And as I thought more, I remembered that many of the recipes here on the blog are simply a composed salad. 

I would be remiss if I didn't say that the best part of a Composed Salad is adaptability. They are easy to assemble at the last moment and are sure to add some more vegetables and some fruit to your meals. In my book, this makes them one of the easiest and most creative salads to make. There is no wrong, if you like two or three vegetables together, they will make a delicious salad. 

The secret to creating a Composed Salad is compatible textures, flavors, and the food displayed to encourage your dining companions to help themselves! It is not as hard as it might seem. If you like the flavors together that is what counts because you are cooking for yourself and your family. Come and take a look at some of the combinations we have enjoyed and turn on your own creativity for a composed salad of your very own. PS, I hope you also give these five a try!



Green bean salads are a favorite around here because green beans often fall into the "it's so boring" category. Which is a real pity. Because green beans are easy to grow, fun to pick, and they blanch up in a minute! Needless to say, this is a fun salad to make with younger cooks, whether they helped in the garden or you visited a farmers market!

Directions for Green Bean Tomato and Egg Composed Salad:

Blanch the green beans until tender, drain quickly, and plunge into ice water to chill and stop the cooking. Drain well when cold.

Combine the green beans, wedges of hard-cooked eggs, and cherry or grape tomatoes on a serving platter and drizzle with Bistro Style Mustard and Shallot Vinaigrette



This was such a refreshing combination! So easy, and quite pretty when arranged on the serving platter. Texture compatibility between the items on the platter is always a consideration when I begin a Composed Salad. And I loved how well avocado and fresh pears taste together as well as the overall texture of the salad. 

Directions for Pear and Avocado Composed Salad

This salad is best made at the last minute and served. Wash and dry the pears. Set aside.  Peel the avocado, and cut it in half. Remove the seed. cut each half into wedges. Cut each pear in half, then into quarters to cut out the core easily. Cut into wedges the same size as the avocado wedges. Arrange the wedges on a platter, and generously drizzle with Parsley Honey and Lemon Salad Dressing



This beautiful cottage cheese salad is nothing more than another Composed Salad. Cottage cheese is piled onto a serving platter, olives and tomatoes are added then the whole salad is dressed liberally with Za'atar Seasoning. 

Directions for Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Composed Salad:

Wash the grape or cherry tomatoes, cut them in half lengthwise, and set them aside. Slice the olives and set them aside. Pile the cottage in a serving bowl or onto a platter, and evenly scatter the tomatoes and olives over the top. Then sprinkle generously with the Za'atar Seasoning. You may also follow the recipe as written here



Fresh cooked beets, Feta cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar. Those ingredients were assembled into this delicious salad while cooking in my small RV kitchen during our year of volunteerism with the National Parks Service. Simple ingredients always stand out when cooked fresh and served with pride. 


 Directions for 3 Ingredient Beet and Feta Composed Salad:

Wash the fresh beets to remove any grit. You may simmer on the stove in plenty of fresh water to cover until tender or you may use your InstantPot to cook them without overheating your kitchen! When cool enough to handle, slip the skins, dice them into bite-sized pieces, add a generous handful of crumbled Feta and drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar. You may also follow the recipe as written here



This is the salad that inspired me to make more Composed Salads using any vegetable imaginable. When an idea turns out so pretty, it is inspiring. You see beautiful food that is also delicious is what keeps a food blogger going! 

Directions for Avocado Caprese Composed Salad

Wash and slice Roma-style tomatoes, and set them aside. Peel and remove the pit from the avocado. Cut into slices, and set them aside. Carefully slice the fresh Mozzarella Cheese and arrange it on a platter, next add the sliced tomatoes, then the avocado slices. Scatter basil leaves (purple if you can find it!) over the top and drizzle with the Balsamic vinegar. You may also follow the recipe as written here


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  1. Your Avocado Caprese salad looks amazing!
    Thank you for sharing your recipes on #omhgww

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  2. loving the salads! I love how you composed the plate too, beauty lets the eye eat before the mouth eats :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your stopping by, have a great week ahead.

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  3. one of my dearest and longest-term friend who died in 2014, had trained as an artist and made the most beautiful composed salads. so lovely! Avocado is a wonderful addition to any salad.

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    1. I do believe we eat with our eyes first! Beautiful food is always enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  4. Melynda, Thank you for sharing these salads. They sound so refreshing. I'm going to have to try them. Thank you for sharing.
    Visiting today from Hearth & Soul #46&47

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    1. Paula you are welcome! A Composed Salad is the easiest way to get more veggies into those around the table.

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 595. Hope you are having a great week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. It is not quite salad weather here as we are in the midst of winter. But for lunch they are always a great idea :)

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    1. Stay warm! I agree a salad at lunch is always enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party. Your participation is greatly appreciated!! Have a fabulous week.

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  8. Love this! These salads are beautiful to the eye and I'm guessing they taste just as good!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Richella, thank you! I appreciate sharing as well as learning from others, so thanks for hosting!

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  9. Wonderful salads. Perfect warm weather food.

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