With culinary ring molds, many beautiful meals can be created easier than you might think. Here is a resource for the rings:http://www.creativecookware.com/round_rings.htm . You can turn any kind of salad or meal into a layered presentation. Here is one of my favorite layered salads, as pictured above:
LAYER 1: Tomato
LAYER 2: (use a mold for layers 2-4) Chopped avocado mixed with a little mashed avocado & lemon juice
LAYER 3: Sliced hearts of palm
LAYER 4: Crumbled goat cheese, room temp
LAYER 5: Parmesan crisp tulip bowl (some gourmet grocery stores sell ready made round parmesan crisps if you prefer not to make this part yourself) , lined with sliced chicken, then piled with lightly tossed mixed greens and fresh herbs (mint, tarragon), garnished with carrot slices (peeled as shown), fresh chives.
Dressing for the greens- Whisk or blend champagne vinegar, white truffle oil, egg, salt, pepper. Plate garnished with garlic aioli.