The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78067   Message #1399066
Posted By: GUEST,Mrr
04-Feb-05 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: salad first or salad after
Subject: RE: BS: salad first or salad after
the French do salad after, so that's what I got used to, and they also use vinaigrettes rather than creamy dressings. The upshot is that if you're full after the main course, the salad after lightens the load and you have more room for dessert. But it doesn't work with thick dressings, it has to be the consistency of the vinegar, or maybe a little mustardy.
And the "trou normand" - the little ball of apple sherbert with apple brandy on it - does cleanse the palate - you're not only less full but you have no gustatory memory of the course you just finished. Amazing.
If you're dieting, salad first so you don't have that extra room for dessert.
Salad with italian food, though, I love the mixture of spaghetti sauce on lettuce and salad dressing on pasta.