[1] Grilled radicchio. The recipe is below (photo © Vermont Creamery). [2] Grilled radicchio with filet mignon (photo © Omaha Steaks). [3] Radicchio leaves nested for a salad bowl (photo © Alcove Cafe | Los Angeles). [4] A bowl of radicchio di chioggia, the most common variety in the U.S. (photo © Hillshire Farm | […]

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The recipe is below. But first, a brief history of salad dressing. SALAD DRESSING HISTORY Salad greens were picked and eaten by man, likely from the furthest days of prehistory. But salad dressing came much later. We know from the written record that the Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing greens nearly 2,000 years […]

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[1] Add your favorite ingredients to a summer panzanella. Here’s a recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen (photo © The Wanderlust Kitchen). [2] Panzanella is a way to turn lush summer tomatoes into a bread-and-tomato salad (photo © Baldor Specialty Foods).   Panzanella, a traditional Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, is delicious way to use […]

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Le Coq Rico is a poultry-centric bistro in Manhattan that specializes in whole roast birds: chicken, duck, game hen and quails. But among such French classics, you can find some food fun; like this arugula-fig salad with parmesan cheese and a popcorn garnish! After we first had it at the restaurant, we started using popcorn […]

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[1] A summery tuna and chickpea salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, on mixed greens, with a side of garlic bread (both photos © Delallo). [2] Golden balsamic vinegar (more about it below). You can get it from DeLallo.   You can always count on a can of tuna for a protein-packed salad. But you can […]

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[1] Warm potato salad with olive oil instead of mayo (photo © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] Hormel Real Bacon Crumbles (photo © Hormel). [3] Mixed baby/creamer potatoes (photo © Poplar Bluff Organics). [4] Parm Crisps are available in Original, Cheddar and Sour Cream (photo © Parm Crisps).   This recipe, Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and […]

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[1] Spring salad with sugar snap peas, arugula and burrata (photo © DeLallo). [2] Sugar snap peas. The pod can be eaten whole (photo © Good Eggs). [3] Burrata, a thin mozzarella shell filled with creamy, ricotta-like cheese. The piece in photo #1 is torn by hand, but if you’re more comfortable, cut it with […]

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[1] A slice of Humboldt Fog goat cheese and seeded crisps broken into “croutons.” An idea from Lazy Dog Restaurants (photo © Lazy Dog Restaurants). [2] Salad with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (photo © Upland Restaurant | NYC).   There are standalone salads, like Greek salad, that incorporate cheese. French homes and restaurants have often served […]

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In our neighborhood, a casual Middle Eastern place sells the classics: falafel, shawarma, shish kebab, etc. We used to have a regular lunch of the spreads—baba ghannouj and hummus—plus grape leaves and tabouli. Then, one day, we decided to order something new. Looking at the menu, we chose fattoush. Fattoush (alternatively spelled fattush, fatush, fattoosh […]

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