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Food 52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner — and Make-Ahead Lunches, Too by the Editors of Food52 ~. Book Review

Pages:  160

Expected Publication Date:  April 11, 2017






I love a hearty salad for dinner, so this cookbook caught my attention right away.  A one dish meal with vegetables, protein and grains that is mostly plant-based?  Yes, please!  I often find myself purchasing ingredients at the grocery store that I think might be interesting in a salad and unfortunately they go bad without me using them.  I really needed this book.  This book gave some great salad recipe ideas that were healthy, filling and tasted cultural authentic to a variety of different regions.   They were also chock full of interesting, unusual ingredients.  I loved the format, the descriptions, and the genius tips.  I really learned a lot from this cookbook!  The cookbook includes beautiful photos of the salads throughout.  To be honest, the ones in the book are much more artistically photographed, but to be truthful to my experience with this book, I posted my own, alongside some specific notes on several individual recipes I’ve made thus far.  I look forward to making many more recipes in this book.  I have been so pleasantly surprised by all of the recipes so far.  I would love to own the physical cookbook to work more easily with these recipes and highly recommend it to others.  

  1.  Curried Cauliflower Fattoush – Fried bread + sturdy veg + cook’s choice + spiced yogurt dressing.  This is a salad with the main ingredient being uncooked cauliflower.  It works though!  With the middle eastern spices and yogurt, some veggies, chick peas for protein, and fried pieces of pita bread… this was actually great!  This was unlike any salad my husband or I had eaten previously, but we both very much enjoyed it.  This was even better the next day once the cauliflower has some time to become more tender.  The directions recommend marinating the cauliflower for 1-24 hours.  I only marinated for one hour.  If you make this recipe, I recommend longer, as the cauliflower becomes more flavorful and tender.

  2.   Spicy Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles  Grilled meat + thinly sliced veg + noodles + herbs.  It was absolutely delicious!!  So flavorful, fresh and a lovely combination of chicken, noodles and veggies.  The marinade and dressing were perfect for this.  Not too sweet, but very flavorful.  This felt like an authentic healthy Thai dish.  We loved it!

  3.  Herbed Tuna and Israeli Couscous Salad – Protein + pasta or grain + chopped herbs + spiced oil + citrus.  This was super flavorful, spicy, no need to add salt.  Delicious!  Seems more like a lunch than dinner salad.  I love the tuna in it!  The preserved lemons take 2 weeks to make on your own, so I bought mine on amazon.  However, I enjoyed learning how to make the preserved lemons – very easy!

  4.  Coconut Rice Salad with Mango, Bell Pepper & Lime – Grain + lentils + fruit + warming spices + herbs – This was absolutely delicious.  The sweet cool mango was the prefect counterbalance to the spice of the Fresno chile.  This dish was so flavorful, fresh and filling.  This was absolutely delicious as well as boasting beautiful, bright colors!

  5. Radicchio & Shrimp Salad with Warm Bacon VinaigretteRoasted chicory and protein + warm vinaigrette + herbs + smoke.   Prior to making this I hesitated over the radicchio base to this salad, but decided to give it a try since I’ve only had radicchio mixed with other greens and this seemed so different.  I’m not sure if it was the radicchio that turned me off or the tartness from the balsamic vinegar.  There was a strong tart aftertaste to this that I did not like at all.  I ate it though and thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp.  Perhaps it’s just me and radicchio weren’t meant to be or maybe my balsamic vinegar was too old.. not sure.  It does say in the description that this is the favorite salad of not one, but two editors, so I’m thinking I’m probably an outlier on this one.

  6. Chorizo and Summer Melon Salad – Spicy cured meat + melon + crisp vegetables + crumbly cheese + herbs + citrus.  Amazing!  This was a perfect balance of flavors.  It had a nice variety of ingredients to keep it interesting without having too many ingredients.  It was super easy to make and tasted so fresh and delicious.  We ate it with a side of black beans.  I hugely recommend this salad.  This is one I’ll be making all summer.  It will be a huge hit at potlucks.

  7. Roasted Grape, Butternut Squash & Kale Salad – Roasted winter squash + roasted fruit + hearty greens + hard cheese + cheesy vinaigrette.  This salad made for a beautiful presentation.  This would be a wonderful side salad for an autumn dinner party.  We felt that the lack of protein in this salad left us still hungry.  However it was a very good salad.  The roasted grapes in this salad made it very special!

  8. Chicken & Rice Salad with Poached Radishes & Nuoc ChamShredded meat + spicy greens + grains + brown butter + heat.  This was absolutely delicious.  It was sweet and spicy and quite filling.  We loved it!  I would definitely make this again.  Very easy and very satisfying.  This was my first time eating poached radishes – amazing!