Just before using, tear salad greens into bite-size pieces.
Use 1 tablespoon vinaigrette or dressing per side-dish salad or 2 tablespoons per main-dish salad
Have all other ingredients and the dressing prepped and at hand on your counter.
Choose a large salad bowl that will easily accommodate all the ingredients.
Using salad tossers, toss the lettuces, without the dressing, to ensure that the varieties of lettuces are well distributed throughout the salad.
Add the other ingredients, except any ingredients that are fragile, such as chopped eggs and ripe avocado, or ingredients that will be sprinkled atop the finished salad, such as cheeses, nuts, and croutons.
Gently toss the lettuces with the other ingredients, without the dressing, to ensure that all are evenly distributed.
If using a vinaigrette-style dressing, drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss until all ingredients are lightly coated with the vinaigrette. Arrange the salad on individual plates to serve; top with additional toppings as desired, and serve immediately.
If using creamy dressings, arrange the salad ingredients on individual salad plates. Drizzle with the dressing; sprinkle with additional toppings as desired, and serve immediately.