Salad can get a bad rap. People think of bland and watery iceberg lettuce, but in fact, salads are an art form, from the simplest rendition to a colorful kitchen-sink approach.
What I love about the term salad is that it can appear in so many different forms and says a lot about the cook. It could be a simple as fresh green lettuces tossed with a basic vinaigrette, or it could be as hearty as a couscous salad with grilled shrimp.
Eaters choose salad for reasons as varied as the ingredients in a salad bowl. A lightly coated dish of greens might offer cleansing, while a hearty pilaf that combines barley with vegetables, spices, and flavor-boosters like cheese, herbs, and seeds, offers a filling and delicious meal.
Whether you're on a diet, or you're looking for a go-to one bowl dinner recipe, salads should be thought of as crowd-pleasers, not a dreaded component of a meal. Salads are also an excuse to use up leftovers and eat all the colors in the rainbow. Perhaps best of all, salads allow you to be creative.
For inspiration, check out these great salads from MarcusSamuelsson.com
Zucchini, Asparagus, and Arugula Green Summer Salad Recipe" width="52" height="52"/>
Combine the finest of summer’s produce for this summer salad recipe, which is a great side salad for summer barbecues.
Cranberry Bean and Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Gouda Recipe" width="52" height="52"/>
Chock full of delicious summer ingredients, this salad can function as a meal or as a side to a summer barbecue.
Superfoods Salad Recipe" width="52" height="52"/>
Salads are adaptable -- you can use the form as a blank canvas to your favorite ingredients. Get a lot of flavor and nutrition out of your salad with superfoods like blueberries, sprouted beans, and mushrooms.
Sprouted Bean and Quinoa Salad With Crispy Shiitakes" width="52" height="52"/>
If you're a bacon lover but looking for something a little healthier than a cob salad, then look no further than this healthy recipe. The mushrooms are cooked until crispy, and they taste just like bacon! The mixture of vegetables, crispy shiitakes and flavorful dressing gets tossed with quinoa, but you could easily substitute your favorite whole grain.
Vegan: Radish, Watermelon, and Bulgar Wheat Salad Recipe" width="52" height="52"/>
Salads can offer a great option for vegans who want a healthy, filling meal. Instead of relying on lettuce, bulgar wheat offers a whole-grain base with a lot of flavor and dietary fiber. For more delicious recipes, visit MarcusSamuelsson.com
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