Hammond's Rules of Ordering: Never Ask for Salad Dressing on the Side

Leave dressing the salad to professionals

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By David Hammond

Restaurants sometimes glop on too much dressing. That doesn’t mean your only option is to get it on the side.

When applied correctly, dressing should lightly coat each leaf as well as other vegetables/cheese/meat in the salad.

There’s no way you, as a diner, can apply that light coat of dressing at the table. There’s just not enough room on the plate to toss that salad thoroughly.

So, instead of taking the do-it-yourself approach, ask for dressing on the salad…but specify that you want just a moderate amount on your salad. That way, you can enjoy dressing, reasonably applied, correctly.

Do you have any rules or ordering you’d like to share? Please post about them here.

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John Seydler from Dallas  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 2:57 PM

I agree wholeheartedly that salad dressing is over-applied at most restaurants and ESPECIALLY with Cesar. One of my regular haunts serves a decent Cesar salad and unless I'm served by someone who's familiar with me I must ALWAYS ask for "light on the dressing" AND SPECIFICALLY ask to NOT have the dressing on the side. What I don't understand is the probability that most restaurant managers don't seem to train their cooks, servers and other food preps the how and why of proper "salad-dressing".

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