Salad Brain Exercise–Peach Salad

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 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.


Fresh peaches


Toasted Almonds


Olive oil and lemon juice

Coarse salt and black pepper


Let the fresh peaches shine when in season. Almost like a Caprese except with peaches and toasted almonds.  Basil and mozzarella feel right at home.  Keep the dressing simple with just a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice as needed according to the sweetness of the peaches.  I seem to be in a rut with the mozzarella pearls. Any shape will do. Black pepper is a must. Yes, everyone needs a big lettuce leaf platter. Always comes in handy.


Nectarines or apricots, sure. How about a mixture of the fruits. Purple basil would add a nice color pop. Change up the nuts. Would you like a scattering of blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries?


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