Salad Brain Exercise–Dressing Underneath

by Min Merrell

Salad Brain 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, tasting, 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 will feed you beautifully and well, and shouldn’t we all be eating more salads anyway?


For an introduction to getting in touch with your salad brain, read Welcome to Salad Brain Creativity.



Corn kernels

Vidalia onion slivers

Short cucumber spears


The big lesson here is the dressing. Instead of coating all the ingredients in creamy white, spoon the dressing over the platter first, and then arrange the salad elements over it. Now everyone can see what’s going on. Nothing fancy here, just tried and true summer favorites that enjoy each other’s company. The shapes and colors offer a nice contrast and easy eating.


Other creamy dressings will work just as well. Pick a favorite. Change the shape of any ingredient. Try green onion slivers.  Little boiled potatoes just popped into my head.  All these ingredients would welcome any leftover meats, chicken, or seafood. Now it’s the main dish.

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