The French call them composed salads; those delicious cold plated salads so perfect in summer, whether for lunch or dinner. In America, I see everything from "dinner salads" to simply spelling out the ingredients and adding the word "salad". I call them plated salads now, simply because I plate them individually and serve with little bowls of condiments, like that bright, cheery jar of pickled red onions, or several different kinds of olives, or a basket of bread and unsalted butter.
I used a mustardy dressing for this, sadly out of anchovies, which would have been my first choice.
Dijon salad dressing:
1 T. virgin olive oil
2 t. fresh lemon juice
1 t. drained caper berries
1 t. prepared dijon mustard
salt and fresh pepper
Mix the ingredients with a fork until blended well, then drizzle over the plated salad.
To compose a plated salad, start by spreading the platter or plate with greens, then carefully add components that harmonize visually. Hard boiled eggs, sliced into quarters or halves, are traditional. Quickly cooked green beans, or flash cooked sugar snaps, are another common addition - but feel free to use what's freshest and therefore, pretty on a plate. Instead of grated or sliced zucchini, I shaved ribbons and very, very briefly popped them into simmering water, and quickly drained them. When they were cool, I rolled them up and drizzled dressing on them.
I used leftover cold poached rosemary chicken to anchor the plate, but fish or meats can also be used this way - and it's a more interesting way to serve leftovers than a quick sandwich. Sliced boiled potatoes are also traditional, but it's best to drizzle the dressing on while they're still warm, then chill or let cool to room temperature.
Hope you're enjoying your summer! The raspberries and blueberries are ripe - two or three weeks earlier than usual after that funny winter ( or non-winter) we had, so I'm hoping to find those ripe, warm, summer tomatoes soon, soon, soon.