A composed salad (salade composée in French) is not tossed. Rather, the dish is brought to the table with the ingredients arranged separately (and artistically) on individual serving plates, with a ramekin of dressing. The diner can take a forkful of whatever ingredients he or she wishes.
In this recipe from Cookie and Kate for Avocados From Mexico, the composed salad is prepared in a family-size bowl. It can be tossed at the table, or diners can pick and choose their ingredients.
12 INGREDIENTS TO ADD TO A COMPOSED SALAD
In addition to the lettuce(s) of choice, add:
Cheese: diced or crumbled
Crunch: Chinese noodles, croutons, nuts/seeds, taco strips, water chestnuts
Fish/Shellfish: anchovies, crab, shrimp, tuna, etc.
Bring a composed salad to the table. Photo courtesy Cookie and Kate | Avocados From Mexico.
Fruit: apple/pear, dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, raisins), orange segments
Meats: bacon, beef, chicken, ham, lamb, pork, leftovers
Potatoes, boiled/steamed and diced or sliced
Vegetables: asparagus, beet, bell pepper, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, kale, onion, radish, tomato or other favorite
The taco salad in the photo adds a mound of guacamole in the middle.