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Rev Dr August Abbott
Rev Dr August Abbott, Adult Etiquette Pro
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Experience:  40 yrs: Etiquette teacher,Formal event officiate, announcement author, minister
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I read, a long time ago, that when the dinner salad is

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I read, a long time ago, that when the dinner salad is served as a part of the main course, no separate salad fork is used. This seems logical, as toggling back and forth with two forks is awkward. I can't find a reference for this.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Etiquette
Expert:  Rev Dr August Abbott replied 1 year ago.

Unfortunately you cannot find such a reference because in the real world of etiquette it does not exist. I'm afraid that a salad fork is necessary for the salad portion of the meal; however, you should not have to use one fork and then another since according to the same rules of etiquette in dinner service, the salad is served by itself and removed before the next part of the meal. So salad fork (the smaller fork on the outside of the place setting; always work from the outside -> in) is used for salad and given up (left on the salad plate) when that portion is done.

To this end there is no going back and forth with forks. Just one at a time

I'll be happy to answer any other meal time or other etiquette questions you may have. Feel free to ask for "August" when posting.

Expert:  Rev Dr August Abbott replied 1 year ago.

Is there anything further you need with regard to this ? If you provide a positive rating we can close the question; however, no matter what I'll be available to give further details as you may need

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