How to make a salad look different with ease? the easiest method is to produce a layered salad. You can obviously adapt it to your own tastes but it is simple but attractive. Adding pasta shells helps to build this into a full meal on its own. Add a dressing and you have a superb side dish that will accompany any main dish. This is a visually stunning example of something so simple. I always get the children involved to help with layers and which order they should be placed. However, a lot of the ham, pasta and cheese tends to go missing!! I wonder where?
- 3 cups romaine 750 ml, shredded, see note
- 3 medium carrots See note
- 1 cup pasta shells see note, 250 ml
- 12 oz peas 280 g
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 cups ham 250 ml, cooked, diced
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese 250 ml. shredded
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 375 ml
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 60 ml
- 2 tbsp chives 30 ml, chopped
- 3 large scallions chopped
- Layer the lettuce in the bottom of a clear glass 3-quart (3 L) bowl, followed by the carrots, pasta, peas, onion, ham, and cheese.
- Mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, and fresh herbs.
- Spread the mayonnaise mixture over the salad and place the scallions on top. cover with plastic wrap.
- Cover with cling film/plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or overnight.
- Toss to mix the ingredients thoroughly immediately before serving.
- Instead of romaine you can use or iceberg lettuce.
- The carrots need to be cut into matchsticks.
- Cook the pasta shells according to instructions.
- Peel, slice and separate the red onion into rings.