A collection of 60 recipes for turning ordinary salads into one-dish worthy meals.
Does anybody need a recipe to make a salad? Of course not. But if you want your salad to hold strong in your lunch bag or carry the day as a one-bowl dinner, dressing on lettuce isn’t going to cut it.
Make way for Mighty Salads, in which the editors of Food52 present sixty salads hefty with vegetables, meats, grains, beans, fish, seafood, pasta, and bread. Think shrimp and radicchio tossed in a bacon vinaigrette, a make-ahead jumble of white beans with charred lemon and fennel, slow-roasted duck and apples scattered across spicy greens. It’s comforting food made captivating by simply charring one ingredient or marinating another—shaving some, or roasting a bunch.
But because we don’t always follow recipes, there are also loose formulas for confident off-roading, as well as back-pocket tips and genius tricks for improving any old salad. Because once you know how to fix too-salty dressing, wash greens once and for all, keep an avocado from browning, and even sprout your own grains, the humble salad starts looking a lot more interesting—and a whole lot more like dinner.
About the Author
The home and kitchen destination Food52.com was founded in 2009 by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, two authors, editors, and opinionated home cooks who formerly worked for the New York Times. Since then, Food52 has created a suite of cookbooks, a cooking and home shop, a podcast, and a cooking hotline—and has won many a James Beard and IACP award doing it.
“Remember when ‘salad’ meant a sad iceberg wedge, Russian dressing, and a mealy tomato? Goodbye, says Food52, and we’re better off for it. Whether you’re looking for a one-plate mighty meal or a jumping-off point for some vegetable-centric culinary experimentation, you’ll find it here.”
—JESSICA KOSLOW, owner of Sqirl and author of Everything I Want to Eat
"Food52's newest venture finds the perfect solution to a common dilemma - turning something light and easy like salad, into a meal that can hold you over for more than an hour."
"With recipes like roasted duck over spicy greens and featherweight slaw with chicken, the wise chefs of Food52 have seriously upped our greenery game."