1. Wash all lettuce, etc., very carefully.

2. Shake the leaves gently in a cloth to remove the moisture.

3. Be careful not to bruise the leaves.

4. Pull the lettuce into shreds. On no account cut them, the steel knife spoiling their flavour.

5. If onion or garlic flavouring is desired, rub the inside of the salad-bowl with the cut side of either.

6. Pour over the salad-dressing at the last moment before serving, otherwise the leaves will become limp and sodden, while crispness is an essential in green salads.