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Stop Making Bad Coleslaw Stop Making Bad Coleslaw

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: somebody is going to bring a bowl of terrible coleslaw to your home, and you’re going to have to pretend you like it.

You Should Eat Your Salad From a Large Mixing Bowl You Should Eat Your Salad From a Large Mixing Bowl

My diet may veer more towards “raccoon” than “rabbit,” but I am actually an enthusiastic salad consumer. It’s not because I’m a large fan of eating things that are good for me, nay; it’s because a good salad is a perfect combination of tastes and textures. And to best take advantage of the fresh flavor parade, salads…

How to Make Great Caesar Salads if You're Still a Little Scared of Romaine How to Make Great Caesar Salads if You're Still a Little Scared of Romaine

These are tough times for Caesar salad lovers. Though it’s reportedly safe to consume romaine lettuce that you’re positively sure isn’t from Yuma, Arizona, it’s also perfectly normal to feel a little wary of that particular leaf. The bright side is that this crisis has given us a wonderful opportunity to talk about…

How to Make a Vinaigrette That Tastes Like Browned Butter How to Make a Vinaigrette That Tastes Like Browned Butter

Browned butter is often used to make the rich richer and the decadent more indulgent, but its true power lies in bringing a bit of depth to a big pile of fresh, vibrant produce. Though I wouldn’t fault you pouring a bunch of melted, browned butter on a salad, this vinaigrette takes a more balanced (or some would say…

Non-Meat Foods You Should Make With Animal Fat  Non-Meat Foods You Should Make With Animal Fat 

If you have spent any amount of time around these parts, you know that my life is basically sponsored by duck fat. Whether I’m sous vide-ing turkey legs or making mayo, I pretty much live for the rich, smoky taste graisse de canard brings to the dinner table.

Celery Root Is the Key to This Fresh, Vibrant Slaw Celery Root Is the Key to This Fresh, Vibrant Slaw

For a month just lousy with socially engineered dietary austerity, January sure doesn’t bring an array of Technicolor-bright, highly ‘grammable fresh produce to market. There’s a certain beauty to the inside of a red cabbage or a head of romanesco, but as a group, winter vegetables aren’t much to look at. Celery…

Our Best Veggie-Centric Recipes for All Your Healthy Eating Needs Our Best Veggie-Centric Recipes for All Your Healthy Eating Needs

Whether you resolved to eat healthy or just have a general sense that your life needs more broccoli and fewer potato chips, these recipes will help you eat better.

What to Do With Brussels Sprouts When You're Tired of Roasting Them What to Do With Brussels Sprouts When You're Tired of Roasting Them

A perfectly roasted, slightly charred Brussels sprout is a very pleasing thing to eat, but one can become fatigued with a single prep method. Good thing there’s more than one way to eat these cruciferous delights. Here are a few of our favorites.

Why You Want to Be the Hero Who Brings Salad to Thanksgiving Why You Want to Be the Hero Who Brings Salad to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not a day to be concerned with calories, your step goal, or health in general, but it is a day that should involve salad. Though I would be happy if we formally changed the name of the holiday to “Casserole Day,” believe me when I say that a good salad is not only wanted on this day, but needed.

How to Make Croutons With Whatever Stale Bread You Happen to Have How to Make Croutons With Whatever Stale Bread You Happen to Have

A good salad is all about achieving that perfect balance of flavors and textures, and nothing adds crunch quite like a crouton. You can purchase pre-made croutons pretty easily, but it you want a truly great cube of golden, crispy, just slightly chewy bread, you should make them yourself. They’re also dead easy to…

Make a Salad That Will Keep You Full for Hours Make a Salad That Will Keep You Full for Hours

The word “salad” does not denote “healthiness” or a lack of calories, but something about the word seems to imply a scarcity. Packing a salad for lunch seems to doom one to an afternoon of hunger pains or emergency vending machine runs, but no more. We’re going to tell you how to build a salad that will leave you…

These Two Ingredients Can Turn Almost Any Fruit Into a Salad These Two Ingredients Can Turn Almost Any Fruit Into a Salad

Watermelon and feta salad has become something of a summer icon. The salty feta provides a nice flavor contrast to the sweet melon, while fresh mint adds a layer of depth and sophistication. I also enjoy a bit of red onion in mine, for an extra bit of aggressive pungency, Scott Conant be damned.

How to Build the Perfect Salad How to Build the Perfect Salad

Whether it’s Leslie Knope, the non-Lisa Simpsons, Vernon Dursley, or your racist uncle who draws scientifically bunk parallels between salad consumption and gender identity, I can’t think of a food that’s cooler to hate than salad. That’s really too bad, because a well-constructed salad is one of life’s great…

This Naked Tomato Salad May Replace Your Caprese This Naked Tomato Salad May Replace Your Caprese

I remember the first time I bit into a cherry tomato. I was at a Sizzler. I was seven. A boy was present. I was talking a lot, as I am wont to do, when I casually popped the mini ‘mato in my mouth. My teeth pierced the skin, it exploded with much force, and seeds and tomato gel sprayed forth. I was so embarrassed that…

How to Make Dinner For Two by Spending Less Than $10 at Trader Joe's How to Make Dinner For Two by Spending Less Than $10 at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is a very unique grocery store, and while you can’t really do all of your shopping there, it does have its strong points. In addition to having excellent snacks and seasoning mixes, they have a ton of items and ingredients that allow you to assemble a quick and tasty weeknight meal for two for less than…

A Mason Jar Is the Only Tool You Need for Perfectly Emulsified Dressings A Mason Jar Is the Only Tool You Need for Perfectly Emulsified Dressings

I put a lot of unnecessary items on my wedding registry, including a set of violently green margarita glasses, but the most unnecessary item was this weird salad dressing bottle, which had a little handle you could squeeze to stir and emulsify the dressing. I honestly don’t know how it got on there, but I assume it…

The Case for Eating Salad for Breakfast The Case for Eating Salad for Breakfast

Starting one’s day with salad may seem like the opposite of what you want to do, but hear me out. I too was once very skeptical of the breakfast salad, but have since seen the way and am out to preach the good news. Breakfast salads are not only filling without being heavy, but they’re delicious, easy to throw…

Three Ways to Turn Stale Bread Into Something Delicious Three Ways to Turn Stale Bread Into Something Delicious

It’s sad when a nice loaf of good bread goes stale, but it’s not completely tragic. There are several things you can do to transform stale bread into something so delicious, you just may start staling good bread on purpose.

What's Your Favorite Kind of Salad?  What's Your Favorite Kind of Salad? 

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to talk about that sometimes ridiculed but often delicious bowl of complementary flavors and textures: the salad.

5 Savory Ways to Season Watermelon 5 Savory Ways to Season Watermelon

I don’t know if it’s a Southern thing, or a specific-to-my-grandmother thing, but I grew up eating a lot of melon for dessert, and it always, always, always was served with a sprinkling of salt.

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