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Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Salad

Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Salad
Fast, fresh and simple to prepare, salads offer endless opportunities for creativity. They can be so much more than the basic lettuce-and-tomato fare, incorporating vegetables, meats, cheeses and grains to become the focal point of a healthful meal. Salad, one of the newest additions to our Food Made Fast series, shows you how to create satisfying main-dish meals in a matter of minutes.

This timesaving book features 40 foolproof recipes that come together in just three easy steps. Perfect for cooks with busy schedules, most dishes can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. Other recipes call for only 15 minutes of hands-on preparation. Delicious and easy to prepare, these wholesome offerings are suited to weeknight meals as well as relaxed entertaining.

Salads play an important role in many of the world's cuisines. The book includes a fresh interpretation of the classic salade Niçoise, featuring pan-seared salmon fillets complemented by Belgian endive, new potatoes, green beans, olives and hard-cooked eggs. For a taste of Thailand, serve slices of grilled skirt steak atop crisp bok choy and baby greens enlivened with a soy-lime dressing.

In Mediterranean countries, grains or pastas often form the basis for salads. Farro, an ancient grain, is paired with cucumbers, radishes, spinach and fresh mint leaves; crumbled feta cheese and a sprightly lemon vinaigrette add bright flavor. An Italian-inspired salad combines tiny orzo pasta and tender roast chicken with baby spinach and cherry tomatoes in a pesto vinaigrette.

Showcasing an array of colors, flavors and textures, innovative vegetable and fruit salads make the most of fresh seasonal produce. Create the centerpiece for a refreshing meal by combining crunchy jicama and radicchio with tangy grapefruit sections and chunks of ripe avocado. On a warm evening, delight diners with a medley of grilled summer vegetables tossed with crisp baby greens and tangy goat cheese.

Beautifully photographed, the user-friendly cookbook also includes helpful preparation tips and techniques. Shopping and menu-planning strategies streamline your time in the kitchen. Providing colorful inspiration for creative salads, this book makes it easy to transform nature's bounty into enticing meals for all seasons.