The first time I did a formal dinner, I did lots of research on what goes into a seven course meal. What I found was that opinions vary, and you do have some leeway. I have always found it intriguing that the French serve their salad after the main entree, as a palate cleanser and digestive. So I thought I'd try it, and I thought it was refreshing to have that break before dessert. I have done most of my menus in the same way ever since.
The salad I chose for this meal is one I've done before. Salad de Menthe. Butter lettuce and chopped mint, topped with toasted walnuts and dressed with a light vinaigrette. Very simple, very light. You can find the recipe here. I stayed pretty true to the recipe, using fresh mint from my garden.
The wine with this course was 2010 Willow Crest Pinot Gris. As a nod to Sherlock Holmes, I used my collection of souvenir glasses from the Sound of the Baskervilles Holmesian Games.