Everyday Cooking

Composed Late Summer Salad

September  3, 2013

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: A salad for the nights when all you're craving for dinner is fresh, simple food.   

Composed Late Summer Salad

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Some summer nights when it’s just oppressively hot like it is here in Texas, my dinner cravings are for bare, simple food. (Think cold steamed vegetables, dipped in homemade aioli for good measure.) My need to eat something simple and fresh becomes practically a survival skill. 

This salad is one such meal: a few, honest ingredients gathered on a plate, drizzled with a bit of dressing to make them better friends. (Glass of iced sparkling water or lemonade on the side is optional but highly recommended.)

Composed Summer Salad

Serves 4

10 ounces green beans, trimmed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon capers, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons walnut or olive oil
1 bunch arugula, washed and stems trimmed
1 medium, ripe avocado
2 (5-ounce) cans tuna in olive oil

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright

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Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Soup Club, is a collection of recipes she made for her underground soup club of vegan and grain-free soups she delivers every week to friends throughout Seattle's rainy winter.