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Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad Into Dinner--And Make-Ahead Lunches, Too

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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 v
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Ten Speed Press
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Marie
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Kelli
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book I think I need to own. I keep renewing it every two weeks! With its beautiful food photography, genius tips, and great recipes, salad is redefined as a meal with many delicious results occurring right in my kitchen. I typically do not use salad dressing but many of these are too good not to try. With six different sections, there is something for everyone...even my kids! 4.5 stars
Karen R
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can one find inspiration in salad? Yes indeed, I have with this book.

I am a salad lover but admit to not being very creative. My tried and true salads have become a bit repetitious. This book has inspired me to use more imagination, to mix and match a wide range of ingredients, experiment with more of what I have already hanging out in my refrigerator and pantry. Rice Krispies? Roasted grapes?

I have followed Food52’s online community food blog for a long time but this is the first time I picked
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Karen Witzler
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Salads. A nice book to hold, lies flat for using in the kitchen. Two-page spreads with a clear recipe in easy-eye text with a beautiful photograph for each dish. I liked the sections on non-leafy green salads as well as the grain and bean based dishes. Also includes sections on salads with traditional greens, meat, pasta, seafood. Borrowed from the library, but I may purchase.
Mrs. Europaea
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food52 Mighty Salads really surprised the skeptic in me. I thought this would be a traditional recipe book that basically gives the same tired recipes over and over, but Mighty Salads reinvents the concept of salad and elevates the salad to a sophisticated level sure to wow many.

This was certainly true when I made my husband, a true-to-core carnivore, the Hoppin' John Salad with Crispy Cornbread for dinner one night. He was hesitant at first but once he tasted the collard greens dressed in hone
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Beyond the Pages
Who knew salads could be so interesting?!?!

I loved this book. It was a treat to review. The recipes were simple and fun, for the most part. I was not overwhelmed in the least. I appreciated the pictures because it made the meals come to life. The recipes were easy to follow and actually achievable. The tips were great. And the encouragement was totally appreciated. For a foodie and "amateur" salad chef, this book was a dream resource.

In summary, I want a hard copy. ;)

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
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Graeme Roberts
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mighty Salads is a mighty book. I am deeply saladophilic, and I know a thing or three about dressing, but the recipes are all new to me and very appealing. They are broken up into sections titled: Leafy Salads, Less-Leafy Vegetable Salads, Grain & Bean Salads, Pasta & Bread Salads, Fish & Seafood Salads, and Meat Salads. You can quickly find dressings, tips, and twists (all very useful) grouped in a separate index called Building Blocks.

My wife always says that cookbooks without color photograph
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Nancy
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really great cookbook. Lots of appealing looking pictures, lots of ingredients I actually know, the only bad thing about it is all of the recipes are for salads. Sigh...... This means I really have no excuse for not eating healthier. Damn it! Thanks a lot Food52! Why you gotta go and be so enticing?! Damn you salad temptress!!!
Sara
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book borrowed from my new job! We made two recipes out of it - an antipasto salad and shrimp with tangerine sauce. Both were excellent! I've even started implementing some of the tips (i.e. treating herbs like a bouquet) which is unusual for me. Old habits die hard. ...more
lauren
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I want to make everything in here. Gotta step up my sauce game.
Candlewick Books
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Lara
Food52 has been busy lately. This is a solid addition to their selection of cookbooks. The recipes are organized into categories, such as leafy, grain or bread-based, and meat salads, to name a few. I made the Wild rice bowl with tofu, sweet potatoes, and roasted shallot vinaigrette. It was hearty and very good. It would make a good main dish and would work very well for a workplace brown bad meal. I also made the Brown butter Brussels sprouts with crispy quinoa. This salad had a surprising mix ...more
Aja Marsh
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely styled and designed and photographed in true Food52 style and some interesting ideas in here, though not a ton for the vegans! Fun to flip through though and one salad I definitely want to try (carrot, date, and mung sprouts)
Juli Anna
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Some great recipes here!
Danielle Long
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book makes me hungry every time I look at it or read it. There are some really good salads in this book. I really want to just photocopy the thing. I might check to see if it is available on kindle and just buy it.
Carol
Very extensive collection of recipes including a lot of earthy recipes (i.e. wholegrains, root vegetables) as well as some of the classics with European and Asian based choices as well. What I like a lot about Food52 cookbooks is all the helpful hints they give you such as how to refresh wilted greens, best way to store and easiest way to peel hardboiled eggs. This book is filled with good advice as well as gorgeous recipes. It has great photos and there is an abundant amount of dressing recipes ...more
Suzanne
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great resource! I eat a healthy diet as much as possible and salads are always a good option for a quick, good-for-me meal. Sometimes those salads get boring. Not anymore! I've tried many of the recipes and they're all yummy. Some of the highlights, for me are the Roast Grape, Butternut Squash & Kale Salad and the Steak & Tossed Salsa Verde Salad. I'm pretty sure I could eat the Cobb Salad with Hard-Boiled Egg Dressing every day. Wowser! I would have never put these combinations together ...more
Nathan Albright
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/10 Speed Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

As a prolific eater and maker of salads, I tend to read a fair amount about them to see how salads are defined by others [1].  What I have tended to find in much of my reading is true here.  Many people who write about salads are hipsters who try to make salads overly complicated, with ingredients that are hard to find outside of left-wing enclaves within the United States,
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Tonstant Weader
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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With something like nine cookbooks under their belts, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the co-founders of Food52, are practiced at producing exactly what cooks need. Mighty Salads is their take on making salads that are not just an appetizer, but are an entire meal. These are substantial salads with a mix of ingredients and flavors that satisfy, not whet, the appetite.

The salads are organized sensibly, by leafy greens, not-so leafy vegetables, grains, pasta and meat salads. I know when I think
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Jessie Young
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Gorgeous book. From the moment I looked at the cover my mouth was watering. A good book description found right inside the cover of the book is "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 is t going to cut it." The book is full of beautiful pictures not only of the recipes, but of different types of greens, herbs, vegetables, fruits etc. There is a deta ...more
Brenda
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad Into Dinner--And Make-Ahead Lunches, Too
by Editors of Food52 (Contributor), Amanda Hesser (Foreword), Merrill Stubbs (Foreword)
Wow this book was beautiful. I mean look at the cover it’s beautiful. You’ll find inside every kind of salad you’ve never thought of with pictures that make you hungry! I’m always looking for salad dressings to make from scratch, now they have wonderful recipes of salad dressings that change with each type of salad. There a
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Carole Gano
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WONDERFUL AND INTERESTING FLAVOR COMBINATIONS
Mighty salads they are, featuring hearty ingredients from veggies to seafood. Along with sixty salads are recipes for some forty-seven dressings such as Pancetta-lime and Sriracha Miso Mayo. If this does not pique your interest, certainly recipes for pickled grains and grilled cheese croutons will. There is also a recipe for preserving lemons which tells how to keep them and for how long, information missing from most other preserved lemon recipes I h
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Marla
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Since our cookbook club was meeting the week after Thanksgiving, we all decided we wanted a book with light and healthy (i.e. veggie-based) options. A quick Google search pulled up Mighty Salads as one of the top-rated options, and it didn't disappoint! The book offers a wide variety of recipes with easy, approachable steps. It definitely expands the definition of salads beyond the usual leafy green + veggie + dressing combo.

Curried Chicken, Grape, & Cheddar Salad - 4/5. This is the one I made,
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Gaele
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salad! Oh sure, you think they are easy and then, you take that recipe and start to make dressing (with a whisk) and find a mess that alternates between oil and vinegar. Bleck. So, it was to the bottled dressings I went – and that was easy. But at least one dinner a week in our house is some sort of salad in the summer – usually grilled fish over a mix of greens – but even that gets boring.

Enter this set of options from the editors of Food52. Recipes, combinations and more – all easy to switch
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Virginia Campbell
Compact, easy-to-hold, and user-friendly, “Food52 Mighty Salads” is filled with more than 60 recipes for salads and dressings that transform greens and fixings into delicious dinner salads. Accented with beautiful, deep-toned photographs suitable for its earthy subject, this is a cookbook that answers the question, “What’s for dinner?”, with some very fresh ideas. The types of salads are each featured with their own chapter: Leafy Salads, Less-Leafy Vegetable Salads, Grain & Bean Salads, Pasta & ...more
Robert Hudder
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, the best way for me to judge a cookbook is to see what parts I would steal or which recipes I would like to try. This is a book on salads and there is good variety here. I am lucky enough to already have a good head for these kind of salads or meals that are vegetable centered.

But there are a few ideas that I am going to steal. I'll put them here.

Melty Cheese Dressing (p.3)
1.5 c Romano/Parmesan
.5 c boiling water
.5 c olive oil and salt and pepper

Roasted Grapes (p.21)
I just think this
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Amy
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who needs a book about salads? I do!
Salads have come a long way from that hunk of iceberg lettuce with mayonnaise (or, shudder, Miracle Whip Salad Dressing) of my childhood. And this is the perfect season to get some salad inspirations-- which is what this book is for me: inspiration. I look at the recipes and the ingredients, and it helps me regroup my mind to plan a meal. I can't say that I've followed a recipe exactly, but I've used them as launching points, substituting when I don't have som
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Leah
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Between food blogs and Instagram, it seems there are few reasons to actually buy a cookbook. Since I work in a library, I do bring home books with enough eye appeal to capture my attention. As soon as this cookbook crossed my threshold, I filled it with tiny flags, made a shopping list and started cooking. Every recipe I tried was delicious and inspired me to try another.

As my borrowing time came to an end, I decided I needed it to be mine. Last night I cooked a variation on a salad I’ve made a
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(a)lyss(a)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
"If you wanted to soak your dried beans, like, yesterday all hope isn't lost."

This is a collection of salad recipes broken down by type (i.e. bean, pasta, etc.).

The pictures throughout the cookbook are helpful. There are some good recipes in here and tips for how to make your own vinaigrettes and dressings. There's also helpful hints like trying your dressing on the salad before declaring it "done" so it has the right taste.

Unfortunately using the word salad doesn't mean something is healthy -
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Veronica
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great cookbook. I'm always looking for healthier options for me and my family and I like the variety of salad options provided. Especially the warm salads! If you love Food52, you'll appreciate this book.

*Received ARC from Netgalley.
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