There are some summer evenings when cooking just seems like more of a chore that you can muster and salads sound pretty darn appealing. While we all have our favorite ways to quickly throw together a salad, I often find myself relying on the same simple recipe night after night. A salad rut of sorts. Thankfully, Mark Bittman's around to make sure that doesn't happen this summer. In his recent article for The New York Times, Bittman discusses four categories of what he calls "Bold Salads": Tender, Crunchy, Sturdy, and Bold. After deciding on these categories, Bittman gives readers a handful of inspired salad recipes to shatter any salad rut (I'm particularly excited to try the Escarole Salad with Hazelnuts and Grapes and the Dandelion Feta Salad).
In addition to new recipes, Bittman helps readers suss out what kind of salad person they really are. It's often the case that I'm not just craving salad, but I'm craving a "sturdy salad," a substantial dinner salad not just a little side dish. So with his pretty cool graphic, it's now easy to determine exactly what kind of salad you're in the mood for and quickly identify a recipe that fits the bill.
So what kind of salad person are you? Do you find that it changes seasonally?
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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