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While salads are a great way to showcase the freshest seasonal produce -- or to use up the random leftovers in your fridge -- all of the possibilities can sometimes be overwhelming.
To find out why some salads rise above the rest, we asked the Food52 staff:
What is your ideal salad?
Christina: My mother's tabbouleh -- her version has the perfect parsley to bulgur ratio, just enough lemon to keep the salad dressed but not soggy, and crisp summer cucumbers to add a nice bite.
Lauren K.: I could name about 500 salads I love, but the one I miss the most is a radicchio salad with a pear-brown butter vinaigrette, candied pecans, and brie. It was from Lovely Hula Hands, a restaurant in Portland that closed many years ago.
Catherine O’Donnell: My favorite salad is as simple as it gets: tomato, avocado, cilantro, lime, and done. It's just so good.
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Nancy: Just a simple salad of endives, avocados, and mangoes with yuzu dressing. If you haven’t tried yuzu, you must -- it’s delicious!
Merrill: My favorite is a tomato salad with New Jersey beefsteaks, lots of olive oil and salt, a splash of red wine vinegar, and some freshly torn basil. It's imperative that the tomatoes hang out in the dressing for at least an hour before serving (and that the basil be added at the last minute).
Posie: Everyone should drop everything and go get the scrambled egg, pancetta, and radicchio salad at Salumeria Rosi on the Upper West Side. It's the perfect mix of salty and sweet, of warm and cold. I am in love.
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More: Bring your Caesar into the summer by grilling it.
A heated debate over Caesar and Greek Salad erupted. Here was the final breakdown:
- Team Caesar: Catherine, Amanda, Kenzi, Karl, Allison, Laura, Kristin, Jason, and Ryan M.
- Team Greek: Talia, Jackie, Alp, and Lindsay-Jean
We tallied up 9 Caesar Salad lovers and 4 Greek Salad fans from the Food52 team. Which side are you on? Tell us in the comments!