When we kicked off our latest recipe contest, Your Greatest Salad of All Time, we can't say our motives were entirely altruistic. Because, c'mon, who doesn't love a brilliant new salad formula?
In the summer months, there's nothing more valuable than meeting your new favorite sal-pal. Bonus points if it comes drizzled with a dressing you just can't stop thinking about.
And so, we set out to find our 2019 Salad Star. We asked for the salad recipes you can't stop eating for lunch, dinner, and—promise not to judge—sometimes breakfast. The more produce, the better, we said.
Well, let's just say you delivered—and then some. We received more than 120 submissions for salads of all shapes and sizes, packed full of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and just the right amount of cheese.
And now, the time has come to announce the top five submissions. Without further ado:
1. Early Summer Panzanella by Sarah
Fresh veg panzanella meets a bright and punchy garlic scape pesto in this hearty summer salad. Grilled bread, you ask? Oh yes, there's grilled bread.
2. Tricolor Salad by drbabs
The only thing this juicy, perky number has in common with a traditional tricolore is radicchio. It's a medley of charred peach, avocado, smoked cheddar, and toasted pecans, plus a dressing that stars fresh orange juice.
This cold noodle salad manages to be creamy and satisfying, with just enough tang and spice to keep it light. The crunchy chopped vegetables are a perfect complement.
We adore the unconventional melon juice dressing that ties this dish together: It has the perfect level of sweetness against the savory bacon, acerbic onion, and funky blue cheese.
This salad is dead simple—yet it tastes anything but, thanks to a mix of textures, a perfectly balanced vinaigrette (no small feat!), and the clever addition of finely minced hardboiled eggs, which get sort of smooshed into the dressing.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you again to everyone who submitted a salad recipe.
Next up, some homework: Help us select the top two by taking these recipes for a spin in your kitchen and letting us know what you think. Rate the recipes, write comments, or reaching out to us directly at [email protected] We're headed to do another round of recipes tests ourselves, and we'll be back with two finalists on July 1.
Share your congrats for the finalists in the comments!