Serving Your Salad As An Entree

Serving Your Salad As An Entree

The word entree is a culinary term that signifies a specific course being served during a meal, but which course depends on where you’re dining.

So there’s no confusion, entree means different things, depending on what side of the world you are eating.

In the United States and parts of Canada, the word entree is often used to mean the main dish part of a meal, such as steak and potatoes or roasted chicken with vegetables.

Serving a First Course, Appetizer or Starter – Includes a platted Salad and Bruschetta

However, in other countries, and including Europe, it is not uncommon to hear the word entree used to indicate a first course, appetizer, or starter.

The main meal or entree in most places is the heaviest and heartiest food served after an appetizer or salad along with a side dish, and before dessert.


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The main course often contains three components: protein, vegetable, and carbohydrate.

A salad is typically served before your entree or served along with your entree or main dish.

But can s salad be considered a main dish?

More often than not, salads are served as an appetizer or side dish.

But if the salad contains meat, seafood, pasta, or heavy ingredients like nuts and cheese rather than just plain leafy greens it can be considered an entree or a main meal salad.

Serving Your Salad As An Entree

Putting a salad on the dinner table doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a side dish.

These main-course salads are ready in a flash and deliciously yummy. These salads are perfect for those busy nights when you need a super fast meal.

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Spanish Chicken Salad

Spanish Chicken Salad – Paprika is used to garnish many foods like soups, shrimp, deviled eggs, potatoes, pasta salads and this Spanish Chicken Salad.

Herb Chicken Cranberry and Almond Salad

Herb Chicken Cranberry Almond Salad – There’s vegetable salads, leafy green salads and there’s the “Bound Salad,” arranged or tossed in the bowl with other ingredients mixed with a thick sauce, usually a mayonnaise base.

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Chicken Curry with Mango and Spinach Salad – A fun spin on classic chicken salad with curry powder and sliced mango.

Smoked Turkey, Black Bean, Bell Pepper and Corn Salad

Smoked Turkey, Black Bean, Bell Pepper and Corn Salad – This is an easy dinner idea in just 20 minutes. This is a salad as a main course, mixed with meat, leafy greens and other vegetables.

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Purple Sweet Potato Kale Cashew & Chicken Salad – This salad is versatile. In place of sweet potatoes, you can use butternut squash, rutabaga, carrots, or parsnips. This heart-healthy salad also pairs well with chicken, fish or beef.


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