Spring Salad Tip: Dress Each Component Separately

Now I'm not at all usually one for fussy food tips. But when you're dealing with delicate spring vegetables like chive blossoms, super thin radish slices, and delicate lettuces, care must be taken in dressing your salads. Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal, has just the solution: dress each component separately. She states that lettuce is really the salad ingredient that needs the very least amount of dressing but the one ingredient that so often gets overdressed. To avoid this, she advises that salads consisting of more than one ingredient should be dressed in stages, with the delicate ingredients tended to last.

"The first ingredient, well dressed, in turn dresses the second. Lettuce is always the most fragile ingredient in a salad. It should always be added last," Adler notes. How do you approach this at home? Would you consider dressing your salad components separately or does it seem like more effort than it's worth?

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