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Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner {Cookbook Review}

So often most think of salad as iceberg lettuce with a few vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots thrown together with a store bought dressing like ranch, French, or Italian.  This makes an okay salad but dare I say a somewhat boring and very basic offering that isn’t very filling or fulfilling. In my search for expanding the food options for my family, friends, and self, I stumbled across  Food52 Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad into Dinner and am quite pleased with my discovery.
This cookbook takes the very basic knowledge of salads, dressings, herbs, and vegetables and challenges it. Who said salads were just a side or as lunch? This book delivers 60 wonderful varieties of salads that are suitable for a single dinner or for a crowd! I certainly was pleased with all the hints, tips, interesting facts, beautiful photography, and taste bud challenging recipes. This book certainly pushes one to move out of their salad making comfort zone.

Recipes are compiled into six sections. The sections are Leafy Greens, Less-Leafy Vegetable Salads, Grain & Bean Salads, Pasta & Bread Salads, Fish & Seafood Salads, and Meat Salads. There’s definitely something to be found in this book for everyone.

I feel the recipes are easy to follow. Each list the servings it will make, keywords to help one know if that’s the kind of salad they’d like to make, no more than 7 easy to follow steps (if that), and some have a few tips or facts. Recipes for the vinaigrettes and dressings that pair nicely with the salad are listed on the same recipe page but also you can find what page they are located on in the front of the books beginning pages for quick locating.

This book is cooking and learning things about salads you may not have known like how to revive wilting herbs or rubbery vegetables. I love books that are a little more than just the recipe like this one. Most of the recipes are easy to make but others I am finding it a bit hard to locate some of the called for ingredients. When that happens, I just substitute the best I can.

The book is available in digital and hardcover format. I like the hardcover format and it fits nicely on my shelf. The pages are thick and the book is likely to last for years to come. I recommend those who are looking for a little bit of an adventure when it comes to making salads!

Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Blogging for Books blogger review program in exchange for an honest review.


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