Spin a Salad

By Mary Simon

Is there anything better than freshly picked heirloom tomatoes, crisp garden cucumbers, French radishes, and early summer carrots, tossed with fresh romaine or bibb lettuce and your own homemade vinaigrette/salad dressing? Salads are versatile, healthy, and downright delicious, and they can be served for lunch or supper. My list explores books dedicated solely to the art of salad making. Enjoy!

  • Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner

    2017 by Editors Of Food52

    Nothing makes you run faster, sleep better and live longer than incorporating elements from the food pyramid into your menu selections. Forget the fast food lifestyle and get moving with these scrumptious menu selections.

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  • Super Salads: 70 Fresh and Simple Recipes


    Every salad imaginable! When you have your pick of seasonal produce from farmer's markets, salad tossing is easy. Many cultures are represented in this book, along with introductions to food items you may not have thought to use. Because we live in an area with an abundance of ethnic markets, these recipes will open a whole new world for you.

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  • Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner--and Make-ahead Lunches, Too


    I'm including this book because many folks are enjoying salads at home during the shelter-at-home restrictions or taking their lunches with them. Making enough salad so you can easily use them for on-the-go lunches means you have a healthy, delicious alternative to sandwiches or fast food. Also included are ways to package your salad for convenience and freshness.

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  • Salads and Dressings


    Salad dressings are a critical component of your luscious, good-for-you salad, and the selections in this collection are outstanding. Often, you can use easily identified and readily purchased condiments to enhance the flavor of your dressings.

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  • Around the World in 120 Salads: Fresh, Healthy, Delicious

    2017 by Caldesi, Katie

    One of my favorite salad recipe books! You can be an international traveler every day with these healthy, vibrant, robust salads. Especially suited for a metropolitan area like Skokie where ingredients from other cultures are right at our doorsteps.

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  • Mr. Wilkinson's Well-Dressed Salads

    2015 by Wilkinson, Matt

    The little extras--like fresh lime slices and cilantro--for Mexican-themed salads, or fresh "little cutie" mandarins for Asian salads, make all the difference. Fresh feta cheese tossed on top of a Greek salad or fresh strawberries and poppy seeds that adorn the top of a lettuce/watercress salad make your salads irresistible. Great suggestions for adding spice to your salads.

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  • Salads: Delicious Recipes for a Healthy Life

    2011 by Balashova, Elena

    Take crisp lettuce (your choice), add croutons and crackers which serve as a vehicle for scooping the yummy fruits and vegetables in these salads. If you wish, add, a protein source to the lettuce base and voila: another prize-worthy side or main salad.

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  • Cooking Light Big Book of Salads


    Tired of your old favorites Cobb and Caesar? For those of you interested in counting calories or needing a light approach, this book is great. Mingle romaine and curried lentils with snap peas, mint, and salmon for a fresh, innovative approach to your main meal.

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  • Salad of the Day

    2016 by Brennan, Georgeanne

    Compose a MedIterranean dish of grilled peppers and red onion, feta, and herby cannellini beans for a gourmet delight. I must confess that during the summer I have a different salad every day, sometimes for both lunch and dinner. Many of my inspirations come from this book.

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  • Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All Seasons

    2012 by Kelley, Jeanne Thiel

    A truly luscious, quick-to-prepare meal and super healthy life-style can be had by incorporating salads as the main focus of dinners. In many European countries, the dinner meal is the "lighter" meal of the day and this author can show you the way to produce mouth-watering, delicious salads for supper.

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  • Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-edge, Ultra-hearty, Easy-to-make Salads You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Love

    2014 by Romero, Terry Hope

    Whether or not you're a vegan, you will love this book. Beans, grains, vegetables as well as fresh fruits and vegetables stand out in the array of recipes included in this rocking collection. Recipes for gluten-free breads and crackers are also included.

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