Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season by Patricia Wells

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    • Categories: Snacks; Cooking ahead; Basque; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: piment d'Espelette; paprika; walnuts; almonds; hazelnuts; pimentón de la Vera
    • Accompaniments: Watercress, endive, and beet salad
    • Categories: Snacks; Cooking ahead; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pumpkin seeds; tamari sauce; dried red chiles; coriander seeds; cumin seeds; black mustard seeds; black peppercorns; ground fenugreek; ground ginger; turmeric
    • Accompaniments: Watercress, endive, and beet salad
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Middle Eastern; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemons; tahini; sesame oil; cilantro; paprika; dried chickpeas; onions; garlic; parsley; bay leaves
    • Accompaniments: Crispy, spicy chickpea balls (Falafel)
    • Categories: Side dish; Cooking ahead; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: dried chickpeas; onions; garlic; parsley; bay leaves
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    • Ingredients: milk; all-purpose flour; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; piment d'Espelette
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Side dish
    • Ingredients: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; egg whites; lemon thyme; anchovies; black olives; capers; distilled vinegar; thyme; lemons
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: peas; spring onions; avocados; limes; cilantro; piment d'Espelette; paprika; pimentón de la Vera
    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: apple cider vinegar; bay leaves; frozen baby artichoke hearts; olive oil
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    • Ingredients: heirloom tomatoes; tomato paste; piment d'Espelette; sherry vinegar; cilantro
    • Categories: Soups; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: broccoli; chicken stock; crème fraîche; mint
    • Categories: Soups; Quick / easy; Cooking ahead; Cooking for a crowd; Summer; French; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: vanilla beans; green tomatoes; evergreen tomatoes
    • Accompaniments: Cucumber and yogurt cheese salad (Tzatziki)
    • Categories: Soups; Quick / easy; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: yellow zucchini; buttermilk; dill
    • Categories: Soups; Cooking ahead; Cooking for a crowd; Summer; French
    • Ingredients: shrimp shells; lemons; fennel seeds; whole star anise; canned tomatoes; bay leaves; garlic; dried red pepper flakes; tomato paste; kaffir lime leaves; yogurt
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    • Categories: Soups; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: chicken stock; watercress; oysters
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    • Ingredients: spring onions; fresh ginger; zucchini; chicken stock
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    • Ingredients: mushrooms; spinach; nutmeg; eggs; parsley; thyme; mint; basil; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    • Categories: Main course; French; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: buffalo ricotta cheese; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; eggs; lemons
    • Accompaniments: Fresh tomato sauce
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  • Parmesan baby cakes (Savory cannelés)

    • Cotonqueen on January 08, 2022

      Very rich small cake, sort of in the shape of a cannele. Recipe needs to be tweaked. Will try again, as I've got the molds and want to use them for other than sweets.

  • My Cobb salad: iceberg, tomato, avocado, bacon, and blue cheese

    • adrienneyoung on March 08, 2013

      This is reliably terrific.just to try, I chucked a big prosciutto crisp on top of each plate this time (prosciutto slices dried out in a 350 oven, on a silpat, for 15 minutes, then cooled on a rack), and it looked spiffier than usual, I thought.

  • Cantaloupe, tomato, goat cheese, cucumber, and onion salad

    • TrishaCP on August 13, 2021

      This was ok. I thought the yogurt lemon zest dressing was pretty one note, although my husband liked it. The goat cheese kind of melted into the rest of the salad, so I didn’t get the pops of cheese that I like. Also, the minuscule amount of scallions called for makes me wonder why they are called out in the title. I really couldn’t taste them at all.

  • Crab salad with lime and avocado

    • Cheri on May 29, 2011

      This is very light and refreshing. Served over mixed baby greens (which I dressed lightly with the dressing for the recipe). Good - notes of citrus, but not strong, pretty clean flavors.

  • Australian coronation chicken salad

    • adrienneyoung on May 23, 2016

      Added Major Grey's chutney. Very good indeed. A worthy picnic main.

  • Rare-roasted beef with rosemary, mint, and tarragon

    • adrienneyoung on September 05, 2016

      I took Cheri's advice and salted 48 hours ahead. This is a keeper. The basil oil makes it. Yum!

    • Cheri on February 07, 2012

      This is a good quick weeknight small roast. Salt 24 hours ahead of time to tenderize this inexpensive cut. Sear off in pan, then place skillet in oven and roast at 375 deg, but watch as internal temp can rise quickly. Critical to slice very thinly. Basil/herb oil is a must as dressing. Served with mashed yukon gold potatoes and steamed broccoli.

  • Ham and cheese bread

    • Cheri on May 26, 2011

      This was easy. R thought strange. I liked it. Flavors strong. Needs to cool COMPLETELY before slicing. Will try toasted tomorrow. Good sliced appetizer for wine tasting.

  • Tomato and mustard tart

    • swegener on June 05, 2015

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  • Basil oil

    • Cheri on February 07, 2012

      Also added some Italian parsley. This was very good over thin slices of roast beef. Can see infinite possibilities for this over fish, chicken, etc.

  • Buttermilk-lemon zest dressing

    • krue on June 08, 2011

      needs some kind of fat to adhere to anything. I added a bit of mayonnaise - good addition.

  • Classic vinaigrette

    • Gio on June 22, 2015

      This vinaigrette uses both sherry vinegar and red wine vinegar, with EVOO & "fine" sea salt. A little milder than most vinaigrettes but perfectly delightful on all sorts of salads. It's been my Go-To dressing for our last three salads.

  • Creamy lemon-chive dressing

    • Cheri on May 29, 2011

      This is good with crab/lime salad. Very light. Use plenty of chives & zest!

  • Yogurt and lemon dressing

    • TrishaCP on August 13, 2021

      I thought this was one note (sour) and pretty bland.

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  • ISBN 10 006123883X
  • ISBN 13 9780061238833
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  • Published Apr 05 2011
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher William Morrow Cookbooks
  • Imprint William Morrow Cookbooks

Publishers Text

Culinary legend Patricia Wells is back with the definitive guide to creating delicious and hearty salads for any occasion—including more than 150 recipes and gorgeous color photographs.

It's a simple yet compelling concept: enjoying a light and delicious main-course salad as a healthy, fresh alternative to more conventional and traditional fare. You can experience a whole world in a salad—with tender greens, savory meat, seafood, and vegetable accompaniments, and versatile dressings—and salad-friendly sides such as homemade bread and home-cured olives. In Salad As A Meal, Patricia Wells gives readers hundreds of delectable ideas, with concepts inspired by her Provencal garden and the interests of students in her high-demand cooking classes. Patricia knows how we want to eat today—and shows us with these exceptional recipes, including:

  • Spring Salad: Asparagus, Peas, Beans, and Fennel
  • Summer Salad: Green Beans, Toasted Nuts, and Cured Olives
  • Provence on a Plate: Eggplant, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Tapenade
  • Zucchini Blossom Frittata with Goat Cheese and Mint
  • Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Parsley, and Spring Onions
  • Chicken and Soba Noodles with Ginger-Peanut Sauce
  • Lobster Salad with Green Beans, Apple, and Avocado

Patricia also offers recipes for soup sides, from Cilantro-Flecked Heirloom Tomato Soup to Watercress Soup with Warm Oysters, as well as breads of all kinds, including Crispy Flatbread, Tortilla Chips, Ham and Cheese Bread, and Multigrain Sourdough Bread. Plus, a list of Patricia's favorite pantry items and an entire chapter devoted to dressings and sauces will inspire readers to come up with their own unique salad creations with ingredients in season and on hand.

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