Platter Salad Exercise–Radish Shreds, Colorful Pepper Rings over Avo

by Min Merrell

The platter salad is a creativity platform.

These exercises use the platter, rather than the typical deep salad bowl, as the canvas for creation and a means to illustrate the universal process of creative thinking and design. No matter the field, the steps of creativity are the same. Here we’re using salads because we all have some experience with salad,  a low stakes, easy medium for practicing everyday creativity. Plus, your installation eats will feed you beautifully and well and shouldn’t we all be eating more salads anyway?

 We call it PLATTERAL THINKING!

For an introduction to platter salads, read Welcome to Platter Salad Creativity.

INGREDIENTS:

Guacamole/smashed avocado

Shredded radishes

Sweet pepper rings–yellows, reds, orange

Hot jalapeno rings

Green Onion strips

Cilantro

PLATTERAL THINKING:

The important parameter here was to create a salad to serve with bowls of chili or tacos.  And I since avocado turns brown and I wanted to make the salad ahead of the party, the solution for keeping things looking really fresh was to simply completely cover the avocado that I had sprinkled with salt and lime juice with other design elements. Here it’s a busy mishmash of colorful pepper rings, radish shreds, and onion. Everyone can scoop what they like right onto their bowls of chili.  Shredded iceberg served on the side.  I like the Jackson Pollack looseness of the design.

WHAT IF?

Simplify the color scheme by using just one color of pepper, add tomato, change onion to red, sprinkle with chile powder or queso fresco.

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