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Salads & Side Dishes

Salads can be used as the introduction to a meal or as a meal unto itself. In either case, care should be given to the selection of ingredients. Fresh ingredients make the best dishes. Try some of these gourmet recipes to experience what salad is truly about.
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Emmy Awards Little Gem Lettuce Salad
This beautiful crisp salad was served at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor's Ball and was created by celebrity chef, Joachim Splichal of the Patina Restaurant Group. Lots of ingredients can be found in this flavorful salad, but it's quite simple to make. Feel free to substitute some of the more exotic ingredients with whatever close relatives you can find.

Okra, Corn, & Tomatoes
This delicious Southern dish is perfect in summer when all these wonderfully tasty things are in season - okra, corn, and tomatoes! Garlic and bacon are the perfect ingredients to accompany these vegetables, making one scrumptious side dish for your Sunday table.

Sugar Snap Pea Salad
Sometimes a simple salad can be the most beautiful thing in the world. The secret to a great salad is using the freshest, highest quality ingredients possible. The flavors that blend together in this salad are magical - sugar snap peas, thinly sliced prosciutto, Pecorino cheese, mint leaves, baby arugula, garlic, and red pepper - drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Gratin
Three kinds of cheese are mixed with cauliflower in this delicious side dish - goat cheese, Monterey Jack and Parmesan! Wonderfully complex and tasty, this baked vegetable dish is quite simple to make.

Baked Zucchini Fries
French fried potatoes are delicious and will always be a favorite, but give these baked zucchini fries a try for something different. Healthier, yes, but absolutely scrumptious flavor will have everyone scrambling for the last fry. The tomato coulis is an upscale version of ketchup with pureed tomatoes, honey and fresh basil - goes wonderful with the zucchini fries!

Herb Grilled Corn on the Cob
What is better than fresh sweet corn in summer at the peak of the season? Delicious, sweet, juicy and full of flavor! Grilling is a great way to prepare this seasonal treat. We grill the corn with the husk on to keep it moist. Adding herb butter before it cooks adds additional moisture to the corn as well as infusing it with a wonderful flavor.

Beet and Apple Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese
Opposing flavors create harmony of taste on the plate. Sweet beets here are paired with the tartness of granny smith apples. Pungent goat cheese is melded with the nuttiness of pistachios. This is a very delicious and complex flavored salad.

Grilled Vidalia Onion with Orange-Honey Vinaigrette
Sweet grilled Vidalia onions make a wonderful addition to a nice green salad or tomatoes.

Roasted Vidalia Onions with Balsamic-Apricot Glaze
Here is a delicious way to prepare sweet Vidalia onions, the perfect accompaniment to pork or poultry.

Truffled Mac & Cheese
Mac and Cheese is classic comfort food at its best. This is definitely a more sophisticated version making it appropriate for your next dinner party or a special meal with the family. It pairs very well with a nicely grilled steak or even a chicken dish. Three kinds of cheese are used and a light touch of truffle oil for a very aromatic and complex side dish or even as a meal itself. If you re…

Fennel and Orange Salad with Fresh Cranberries and Green Apple
Recipe for fennel and orange salad with fresh cranberries.

Lemon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Here's a delicious alternative to the usual sweet potato side dish. Baked with brown sugar, lemon and cinnamon, this recipe is simple but makes for a tasty dish sure to impress your dinner guests.

Mac and Cheese
Mac & cheese is true American comfort food and is always better when it's homemade. This delicious version doesn't require boiling the noodles first, so you save time. The main spices used here are chile pepper, anise and basil but feel free to experiment with your own blend of spices.

Autumn Harvest Corn and Chevre Pudding
This is a wonderful savory custard. The basil and goat cheese contribute most of the flavor to this dish but you could also use other herbs or vegetables. It also is very nice with lobster or shrimp mixed in.

Potato Gratin Dauphinoise
Dauphinoise is the French method of baking potatoes in milk, cream and cheese. In the French region of Dauphin, every home cook has her own formula for preparing this gratin.

Cranberry & Roasted Jalapeno Cornbread
This cornbread recipe is wonderfully moist and flavorful. Fresh cranberries, roasted jalapeno and a hint of honey create a delicious complement to poultry or pork. Or just enjoy it as a snack with a good dollop of butter!

Green Bean, Tomato, and Potato Salad with Almond and Basil Pesto
Fresh pesto is a wonderful addition to potatoes. This refreshing dish is full of flavors. This recipe calls for making pesto the classic way - smashing the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle. It won't be as fun, but you can use a food processor if you had to. Also, almonds are substituted for the traditional but sometimes hard to find pine nuts.

Grilled Corn and Crab Salad with Raspberries
Perfect for summer: earthy grilled corn pairs wonderfully with cool, refreshing fresh raspberries and sweet crab meat.

Grilled Potato Salad
Here is a wonderful summer recipe for potato salad with one more excuse to use your grill. Grilling your potatoes before adding to the salad adds great flavor.

Serrano Ham, Pears and Haricot Vert Salad with Valdeón Cheese
This wonderfully fresh and crispy salad comes from Insalata’s Restaurant in San Anselmo, California.

Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes - Recipes from the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon
The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Baked Beans
Deliciously sweet with brown sugar, molasses and honey, these baked beans have a nice kick with chipotle peppers and Bourbon whiskey. The secret to good baked beans is slow cooking! After 3 hours in the oven, these beans are thick and rich!

Oyster & Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Land meets sea in this wonderfully flavorful stuffing recipe. Fresh oysters, wild mushrooms and lots of herbs combine for a delicious side dish. Perfect with turkey or chicken for a family dinner or holiday spread.

Lobster and Avocado Salad
Here's a great lobster recipe South Florida style. Live Maine lobsters are used with a fusion of Thai spices and Napa cabbage, arugula, red bell pepper, and avocado.

Dungeness Crab Potato Salad with Celery Hearts, Black Truffle, Egg Chicory
Here's a very earthy recipe that uses the very complimentary flavors of crab, potatoes, truffles, and chicory. And yes, it's just as good if you leave off the truffles.

Grilled Pork, Fig, and Hazelnut Salad
This dish is called a salad but really it is hearty enough to serve as a light lunch. Fresh figs match wonderfully to pork and grilling them brings out another dimension of flavor.

Blueberry and Gorgonzola Salad with Mixed Greens & Poppy Seed Dressing
This wonderfully fresh salad was created by Chef Albert Paris at Zanzibar Blue (closed), Philadelphia (now at Mantra).

Cauliflower Gratin with Prosciutto
Simple to make yet very flavorful, this cauliflower and prosciutto dish matches well with chicken or pork.

Maple Syrup Baked Beans
It's essential to have a good baked bean recipe! Baked beans are a classic dish that match well with so many foods. I love this one because it includes two of my favorite ingredients: maple syrup and bacon.

Green Bean, Tomato, and Potato Salad with Almond and Basil Pesto
Pesto is a classic sauce made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and grated cheese, usually Parmesan. "It is traditionally the sauce for a pasta dish that also includes green beans and potatoes, but here the pasta has been left out and the pesto is instead served over a salad of warm cubed potatoes and green beans. In another departure from tradition, dry-roasted almonds are used in place of the pine nuts."

Waldorf Salad with Truffles and Candied Walnuts
You've probably had some version of a Waldorf salad at some time in your life: apples, mayonnaise, walnuts, etc. At today's Waldorf=Astoria hotel in New York City this is one of the versions currently being served in their restaurants. Created by Executive Chef John Doherty, this recipe calls for black truffles, candied walnuts, and celeriac for a truly modern taste.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo
Here's a wonderful little side dish big on flavor. The strong, spicy flavors of chorizo blend nicely with the strong flavor of roasted brussel sprouts. Unforgettable.

Reprinted with permission from Small Plates, Perfect Wines: Creating Little Dishes with Big Flavors by Lori Lyn Narlock (Andrews McMeel 2007).

Turkey Pesto Salad
"Turkey has a heartier flavor than chicken and is complemented by the basil pesto in the mayonnaise dressing. To save preparation time, substitute prepared purchased pesto for homemade."

Fried Green Tomato Salad

Whole Cranberry Relish with Walnuts Recipe
Here is a nice traditional cranberry relish that is delicious and simple to make. Much better than the canned variety. Cranberry relish will last up to 2 months in your fridge, so keep some on hand for topping crackers with cheddar or a turkey sandwich.

Cranberry-Ginger Relish Recipe
Here's a cranberry relish with a twist, crystallized ginger. The ginger gives a nice zing to cranberries and also adds an interesting textural difference. This cranberry-ginger relish makes a great side dish for turkey or pork, goes well with a nice cheddar, and also makes a wonderful condiment for a turkey sandwich or burger.

Watermelon, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Syrup
Here is a delightfully refreshing salad that combines watermelon with fresh mozzarella. Basil adds an herby spiciness, while sweet balsamic syrup brings out the best flavors of both the watermelon and the mozzarella.

Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Here is a wonderfully simple salad that takes only minutes to make. Both sweet and salty, it makes a great starter for a dinner party.

Pomegranate Glazed Quail Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette and Grille
This salad makes a nice light lunch. The sweet and savory quail matches well with fruit. The tanginess of the cheese adds a wonderful contrast. If you don't have a grill available, the broiler of your oven works just fine.

Fall Fruit Salad with Apples, Pears, and Cranberries
Fall brings us a bounty of delicious fruits. Apples, pears, and cranberries make a wonderful combination. Both tart and sweet, this salad make a great salad to start a meal or can be used as a side dish to accompany chicken or pork.

Blackened Sweet Corn with Chanterelles and Bacon
Corn, mushrooms, and bacon are a perfect combination in this savory recipe. This side matches well with rare beef dishes or grilled pork.

Baby Spinach Salad with Peaches and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Peaches and figs match well in this recipe for spinach salad that brings out their sweetness.

Blue Cheese Salad with Bacon and Carmelized Onions
This rich pasta salad has a bite that is both savory and sweet. It matches very well with beef dishes.

Grilled Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad
Asparagus and prosciutto are a classic combination that are showcased well in this dish. The addition of mushrooms and asiago cheese give it a very earthy yet bright flavor.

Tuna Niçoise
Tuna Niçoise is more of a meal than a salad. Poached tuna and lots of vegetables give this dish a wonderful balance of flavors. The individual ingredients in this recipe are simple to make, but when put together on a plate look very sophisticated.

The Ojai Cook's Seasoned Crouton Stuffing
Packaged croutons and stuffing mix are convenient shortcuts in this wild mushroom- and sausage-enhanced Seasoned Crouton Stuffing recipe from The Ojai Cook.

Grilled Bartlett Pear & Frisée Salad with Rabbit Loin and Bacon Dressing
This is a very nice recipe for a flavorful salad that incorporates grilled pears and rabbit with a warm bacon dressing.

Mâche and Pear Salad
Mâche is a nutty flavored salad green that goes perfect with crisp green pears. Parmesan cheese, fennel and fresh tarragon round out this beautiful, yet simple salad.

Grilled Corn with Piquillo Pepper Butter
Corn cooked on the grill has a wonderful flavor. Leave the husk on to keep the moisture in. After grilling, we slather the corn in a compound butter made from butter, piquillo peppers, garlic, thyme, paprika, and a little salt. Piquillo peppers come ready in a can and have a sweet, mild flavor.

Pesto Chicken Salad with Bacon, Tomatoes and Garlic Croutons
Here is an amazing chicken recipe that is both simple to make and bursting with flavor. The pesto adds a great herb flavor and the bacon adds a satisfying meatiness to the dish!

Corn Pudding
This creamy, savory corn pudding dish is the perfect comfort food for Fall occasions. Simple to make, it makes a delicious side dish for your holiday table.

Creamed Spinach with Citrus Kosho
Here's a fresh twist on creamed spinach. A slightly spicy, flavorful kosho combines four different kinds of citrus, lemongrass, and serrano chiles. The kosho pairs very well with the creamed spinach. Definitely worth a try!

Lobster and Truffle Potato Au Gratin

English Pea Salad
Here is a wonderful use for fresh (or any other kind of) peas. Definitely old-fashioned, this cold salad is perfect for family gatherings. Peas, bell peppers, hard-boiled egg, cheese, onion, herbs and spices are combined with sour cream and mayo for a dish everyone will love.

Pickled Papaya
This wonderful recipe for pickled papaya could be categorized as a sweet slaw or a relish. Thinly sliced papaya is tossed together with carrots, bell pepper, jalapenos, red onion, ginger, garlic, and raisins. This is a very common condiment in the Philippines and is great on fried and grilled foods.

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