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The Ultimate Salad Course

This course will teach you how to make salads that are rich in flavor and texture, to keep your body nourished and your palate satisfied.

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Course Details

Tutorials in this course: 18
Total viewing time:  4 hours 30 minutes
Total course time (including prep and cooking): 8 hours and 40 minutes

A perfect salad is more than the sum of its parts; each bite should create a satisfying, nuanced mouthful. Fresh ingredients are honored, and thoughtfully paired with a complementary dressing to create a cohesive dish. It’s an ode to the season. It’s a balanced, textural and flavorful experience. Most importantly, it should taste really, really good. 

Home chefs often overlook the gourmet potential of salads, as they never seem to match up with the restaurant renditions. However, constructing a salad can be an effective educational endeavor for new cooks as many recipes don’t require exact measurements. For more advanced cooks, making salad can be a fun and liberating process, offering the opportunity for flexible creativity with dish development.  

Beyond a bowl of leaves, salads should be fresh, hearty, colorful, and most importantly, delicious. This course will provide crave-able recipes that defy the common expectations of salads, and inspire you to think outside of the box when designing your own. 

Chef Instructors

Chef Kelly Boyer

Chef Kelly Boyer is the founder and executive chef of Paleta, the wildly popular farm-to-table meal delivery service committed to providing locally sourced and humanely raised ingredients. Thriving since its inception, Paleta now makes and distributes cold-pressed juices, cleanses, and snacks. Chef Kelly is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and received a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Chef Brian Huston

Chef Brian Huston is the head chef at Boltwood in Evanston, Illinois. Chef Brian uses his experience cooking in San Francisco, Chicago, and Europe to create unique twists on classic meals.

Chef Makani Gerardi

Chef Makani Gerardi didn’t intend to build a gourmet burger empire, but with two successful outposts - Ultimate Burger in Kona, Hawaii and Pono Burger in Santa Monica, California - she’s on her way. Chef Makani honors the relaxed, casual vibe of a burger but elevates it with her technical training and reliance on locally sourced, environmentally conscious ingredients.

Chef Ori Menashe

Chef Ori Menashe is the executive chef of Bestia, one of the top restaurants in Los Angeles. What sets Chef Ori apart is a detail oriented, "from scratch" approach that permeates everything on his menus, from housemade charcuterie to handmade pasta.

Chef Paul Virant

Chef Paul Virant is the owner and proprietor of Vie Restaurant in Chicago. Chef Paul’s approach to locally-sourced contemporary American cooking has earned him numerous accolades, including the title of being one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2007.

Chef Ralph Scamardella

Chef Ralph Scamardella is a chef and partner of the venerable Tao Group, which operates some of the highest grossing, most profitable restaurant venues in the country.

Chef Jason Travi

Chef Jason Travi's food is a fresh reflection of his Italian heritage, New England upbringing, French culinary training, and Southern California location, all with a strong dose of modern comfort.

Chef Bruce Kalman

Chef Bruce Kalman is the head chef at Union in Old Town Pasadena. Driven by a “hands on” philosophy towards cooking, Chef Bruce can be found hand-rolling pastas, making his own butter, packaging pickles, and butchering his own meat.

Chef Alex Heath

Alex Heath is the chef de cuisine at Ye Olde College Inn, a farm, garden, bakery, and restaurant in New Orleans. At Ye Olde College Inn, Heath maintains a focus on sustainability. A New Orleans native, Heath is dedicated to cooking sophisticated southern food with flair.

Chef Taylor Boudreaux

Chef Taylor Bourdeaux is the executive chef of Napa Valley Grille in Los Angeles. Chef Taylor is known for his unique attention to the seasonality of his ingredients, as well his years as a corporate executive chef for Wolfgang Puck.

Chef Bryon Freeze

Chef Bryon Freeze is the executive chef at Tar and Roses in Los Angeles. Chef Bryon burst into the culinary spotlight when he won "Chef Wanted," a chef competition show on the Food Network.

Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto

John-Carlos Kuramoto is the head chef at Santa Monica’s venerable institution, Michael’s, where Kuramoto has gained a reputation for delivering high-end contemporary American dishes with a modern California flair. He also recently appeared on “Knife Fight,” a chef competition show on the Esquire Network.

Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto

Reid Guess is the executive sous chef at Austin's "fancy barbecue" joint, Lambert's. At Lambert's, Chef Reid serves classic Texas barbecue dishes with a sophisticated twist. Lambert's has been called "An Austin Landmark" by the Austin Chronicle.

What You Need

Equipment

- Chef's knife
- Serrated knife
- Paring knife
- Cutting board
- Vegetable peeler
- Saucepan 
- Sauté pan
- Small bowls
- Medium mixing bowl
- Large mixing bowl
- Tongs 
- Grater
- Aluminum foil 
- Deep-fryer or deep pot 
- Chinois or mesh strainer 
- Spoon or chopsticks 
- Slotted spoon 
- Large pot (2)
- Whisk
- Food Processor
- Spatula
- Sheet pan

Ingredients
- Ingredients are listed within each respective tutorial

Tutorials

An Overview of Lettuce

Alex Heath
Easy

Elevate a simple salad by mixing and matching lettuces with different flavors and textures.

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Gem Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

Brian Huston
Easy

This gem salad is one of the staple dishes at the Publican Restaurant in Chicago.

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How to Make a Vinaigrette

Bryon Freeze
Easy

"Vinaigrettes are very versatile. It all depends on what flavor profile you're looking for and for what application you're using the vinaigrette."

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Working With Heirloom Tomatoes

Makani Gerardi
Easy

Heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market pack flavor and sweetness that elevate any dish.

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Classic Caesar Dressing

Alex Heath
Easy

Mastering this misunderstood classic is easy, and the result is a rich and flavorful dressing.

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Classic Caesar Wedge Salad

Alex Heath
Easy

A fresh and creamy classic, this hearty dish is more than just a salad.

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Herb Croutons

Alex Heath
Easy

These herb croutons are crispy, flavorful, and perfect for topping soups and salads.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

Ralph Scamardella
Easy

This flavorful salad serves as a great side dish, appetizer, or all on it's own.

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Burrata and Peach Salad

Jason Travi
Easy

This combination of creamy mozzarella and sweet peaches serves as an amazing meal or appetizer.

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Grilled Escarole Salad

Paul Virant
Intermediate

This works both great as a salad or as a delicious side dish.

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Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with a Poached Egg

Taylor Boudreaux
Easy

The combination of bacon, brussels sprouts, pistachios, and egg creates a creamy and simple winter salad.

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Chicken Gizzard Salad with Aged Copra Cheese

Ori Menashe
Advanced

"My favorite dish at Bestia. This dish actually made the restaurant this popular."

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Pink Coleslaw

Makani Gerardi
Easy

"A nice creamy coleslaw that I love for barbecues. It's also really great for pairing with anything spicy."

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How to Break Down a Pomegranate

Bruce Kalman
Easy

Pomegranate seeds add great crunch and a refreshingly flavor to a variety of recipes.

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Asian Pear Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Burrata

John-Carlos Kuramoto
Easy

This salad incorporates creamy burrata cheese and black Tuscan kale for a diverse mix of textures and flavors.

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Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

Reid Guess
Easy

Crunchy, evenly chopped ingredients tossed in a creamy vinaigrette make each bite of this salad satisfying in both texture and flavor.

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