Let's be honest with ourselves: half of the reason we eat salads is for the dressing. Whether it's a tart balsamic vinaigrette or a creamy blue cheese dressing, we love the way that dressing wraps around every bite. This new book by Michele Anna Jordan is a boon to us salad-lovers. Here are over sixty recipes to shake up your salad routine and ensure that you'll never buy dressing again.
• Who wrote it: Michele Anna Jordan
• Who published it: Harvard Common Press
• Number of recipes: 60
• Recipes for right now: Walnut Vinaigrette, Grapefruit Vinaigrette, White Miso Vinaigrette, Warm Bacon-Maple Vinaigrette, Thai Lime Dressing, Spicy Mexican Crema, Creamy Feta and Green Peppercorn Dressing
• Other highlights: As someone who usually falls back on a standard balsamic vinaigrette for lack of any other ideas, it was exciting just to flip through the pages of this book. Vinaigrettes with maple! Something creamy with feta! Oh, making my own ranch! Most of these are simple to make by combining a few ingredients in a bowl. At most, we'll need to chop up some shallots or fresh herbs, and only a few require actual cooking.
Aside from the recipes themselves, I think the most valuable part of this book are the ideas on "Best Uses" for each dressing. I tend to think "dressings = lettuce salad," but this section gives me ideas for dressing up my steamed and roasted veggies, grain salads, chickpea salads, and for pairing dressings with things like roasted duck, tofu, and grilled corn.
• Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who make and eat a lot of salads, people stuck in a salad dressing rut
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings by Michele Anna Jordan
• Visit the author's website: Michele Anna Jordan
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