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.