Salad can get a bad rap. People think of bland and watery iceberg lettuce, but in fact, salads are an art form, from the simplest rendition to a colorful kitchen-sink approach.
What I love about the term salad is that it can appear in so many different forms and says a lot about the cook. It could be a simple as fresh green lettuces tossed with a basic vinaigrette, or it could be as hearty as a couscous salad with grilled shrimp.
Eaters choose salad for reasons as varied as the ingredients in a salad bowl. A lightly coated dish of greens might offer cleansing, while a hearty pilaf that combines barley with vegetables, spices, and flavor-boosters like cheese, herbs, and seeds, offers a filling and delicious meal.
Whether you're on a diet, or you're looking for a go-to one bowl dinner recipe, salads should be thought of as crowd-pleasers, not a dreaded component of a meal. Salads are also an excuse to use up leftovers and eat all the colors in the rainbow. Perhaps best of all, salads allow you to be creative.
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