The Complete Salad Cookbook

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Say goodbye to so-so salads.

The Complete Salad Cookbook is a game-changing compilation of foolproof salad recipes. A modern guide to preparing healthful, colorful, and fresh salad meals, this cookbook will transform the way you think about greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Build better salads with our innovative tips and tricks that guide you through assembling salads, storing and buying greens, and preparing dressings. Recipes incorporate unexpected toppings such as marinated tofu, pomegranate seeds, chocolate, and more (even octopus!). You’ll learn creative ingredient combinations to maximize flavor and get useful building-block recipes for adding heft to any salad. Introductory resources showcase the range of salads with beautiful, full-color photographs with notes that explore the different types of arrangements (tossed, composed, layered, warmed and wilted, etc.) to help you understand the interplay between texture and flavor. Our multifaceted approach to salads gives you the recipes and tools you need to create satisfying salads all year long.

What you'll find inside:

An overhead view of a Grilled Chicken Cobb SaladAn overhead view of a Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

Fresh greens, grilled chicken, creamy avocado, crispy bacon, and hard-cooked eggs are the main ingredients of this classic salad. To put a new spin on the dish, we grilled the avocado and greens to amp up the flavor. We prefer our bacon extra-crispy. By adding a bit of water to the skillet we were able to achieve crispy, tender pieces.

A tray filled with Som tamA tray filled with Som tam
Som Tam

The star ingredient of this classic Thai salad is green papaya, which easily takes on the flavors of other ingredients. For our version of this dish, we used a mortar and pestle to prepare the dressing, mashing together the chiles, shrimp, and garlic into a paste. We finished the dressing by whisking in lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar. After we shredded the papaya, we tossed it in the dressing and let it sit for about 30 minutes. We used a microwave to prep the green beans and finished the dish by mixing the beans and tomatoes with the papaya mixture.

An overhead view of a Wheat Berry and Endive Salad with Blueberries and Goat CheeseAn overhead view of a Wheat Berry and Endive Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese
Wheat Berry and Endive Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese

For this hearty salad, we used nutty wheat berries, tangy goat cheese, sweet blueberries, and endive. To prevent the grains from becoming soggy, we cooked them until they were tender but still chewy (about 50 minutes to an hour). Our lively champagne vinaigrette brought all the flavors together.


Recipes: 266
Format: Softcover
Pages: 424
Item Number: CL35
Item Weight: 3.0 pounds

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The secrets to successful salad making

Salad improv

Learn our favorite techniques for boosting flavor and how to give your salads that extra special touch. From toasting and blooming nuts and spices to shaving, grating, and salting your vegetables, we provide salad prep hacks you’ll use again and again on the fly.

Mastering vinaigrettes

A great vinaigrette imparts flavor to salads and blends easily with the main ingredients. Explore the science of emulsification and whisking, and learn tips and tricks for making the perfect vinaigrette.

Curated recipe lists

Find inspiration for your next meal with our themed recipe lists. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the recipe groupings: winter salads, celebration salads, salads in less than 30 minutes, and more.