© Barbara Becksted
A “Salade Complète” in French is a very large composed salad, a meal in itself. It will have a meat ingredient, which is what makes it in many people’s minds a “salade complète.”
There will almost always be a leafy vegetable such as lettuce. Thinly sliced ham such as Bayonne often appears. Besides that, an egg, fried or boiled, cheese discs or pieces perhaps melted on a small piece of toasted bread, a few sautéed potatoes, anchovies, beets, croutons, tomato wedges, etc.
Really, what is in a Salade Complète can just depend on what is in the fridge or what was available at the market that day, as in: “Salade complète du Chef surprise selon marché.”