Between the rising temperatures and delicious in-season produce, we've got salads on the brain. But it's easy to get stuck in a salad rut where you always reach for the same dressings and ingredients. With that in mind, here's a look at a new few cookbooks that have been keeping our leafy greens fresh and exciting.
Silvena Rowe's absolutely gorgeous Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume is a collection of recipes from throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Filled with bright, bold flavors, the salads in Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume really shine. Rowe's salads incorporate not only vegetables but fruit, spices, cheese, meat, pulses, and even flowers. We loved the Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad and the Smashed Cucumber, Mulberry and Pistachio Salad.
Eat Greens from Barbara Scott-Goodman and Liz Trovato is an alphabetical guide to all things green from the garden. From artichokes and asparagus to watercress and zucchini, Eat Greens is filled with seasonal ideas for veggie-heavy salads that go way beyond a boring bowl of mixed greens, think Snow Pea Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette, Celery Salad with Baby Arugula and Parmesan and Potato Salad with Peas and Mint.
Categorized by vegetable as well as season, Vegetables from an Italian Garden is filled with simple, summery salads. With lovely photos of scenic Italian gardens, Vegetables from an Italian Garden will inspire you to make the best of your summer produce with recipes such as Sweet Corn and Radicchio Salad, Rice Salad with Cucumbers and Grapes, and Frisée Salad with Green Beans and Red Currants.
Finally, the cookbook that has been getting the most buzz this summer is Patricia Wells' Salad as a Meal. Wells has assembled a collection of elegant, entree-worthy salads that have been keeping our kitchens cool all summer long. These are substantial salads -- Wells doesn't shy away from protein or serving plenty of bread on the side. And she knows that a great dressing makes all of the difference in the world. Don't miss her recipes for Thai Beef Salad and Crab Salad with Avocado and Lime.