There are lots of reports saying today will be the hottest day of the year so far, and it’s most definitely salad time. I love a great salad, although having grown up in the 70s, then great salad wasn’t on the menu. Limp lettuce, bit of cucumber, tomato and salad cream.
Thank god things have moved on!
These five should inspire plenty of great salads for every kind of day, including cooler days.
Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, In Less Than 20 Minutes – I think I could do with this one, as I really need to get back into the habit of taking my own lunch. And a salad has to be better than a sandwich, in that there’s a huge amount of possible variety.
A Salad for All Seasons – I love Harry Eastwood’s books, but don’t have this one, and not sure why. I like that it covers salad even for autumn and winter, a good thing to keep me away from just winter comfort food. I mean, roasted squash with taleggio and spinach? Who needs a casserole?
Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All Seasons – again, this is another great book for showing the great versatility and range of salads, and how that can stretch well beyond something light and flavoursome for a hot summer’s day. Though I do worry when the dishes picked out in the blurb include kale and quinoa, my two least favourite ingredients. Perhaps these could convince me!
Salad Samurai – well, I’d like this one just for the title! And then you get to the subtitle: 100 cutting-edge (hmm), ultra hearty (possibly winning me round) easy to make (keep talking) salads you don’t have to be vegan to love. Well, it’s either going to be great, or in the charity shop in 6 months. Although I bet there’s more kale involved. But they call the author the Veggie Warrior so it could be interesting.
Salad of the Day – I didn’t get to Williams-Sonoma on my last trip to the US, and would definitely have considered carrying this book back. A recipe for each day of the year, so again seasonally focused, great variety. I love my books from them, the photography is always beautiful, and the recipes really well written.
So, hope we get lots more good weather to make the most of, but also hopefully some inspiration to carry salads over into the cooler months as well.