The magic of salad is that while it can be a clean and quiet beginning, side or ending to a savory main course, it can also be a full meal unto itself–full of protein with cheese, meats, nuts, tofu, or an egg on top; a little sweet with dry or fresh fruits; or full of vegetables you never thought would go together, but somehow fall together beautifully. Once you give yourself over to the possibilities of salad, you’ll find that they are endless. The key is to know some basics, and then every salad can be a completely new revelation.
This is what is so great about Mindy Fox’s Salads: Beyond the Bowl. Over 150 pages of recipes and ideas will open your eyes to the limitlessness of salad. But what we particularly love is Mindy’s use and awareness of improvisation.
She begins the book with a chapter on “Elemental Salads,”; it explores foundational ingredients and shows how you can build off a single component into countless directions. Although the book has some recipes that include ingredients unlikely to be found in everyone’s kitchen, Mindy helps bring you back to the simple pantry items that can make any salad pop. The book reassures you that not only can you mix and match–but mixing and matching is the fun of it. As a bonus, the book also has gorgeous photos by our good friend Ellen Silverman.
So leave us a comment telling us what goes into your favorite salad. On Tuesday, July 17th, we’ll randomly pick a winner to receive this beautiful book.
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