Salads. Sometimes they work and sometimes they do not

I am a fan of the salad.  There is a creativity I love about a salad.  A combination of flavors that sometimes work and sometimes they do not.

I made two salads this weekend.  One worked the other one didn’t.

I saw this salad in Bon Appetit that came from Ottolenghi, one of my favorite spots in London.  I also own all their cookbooks.  It just looked delicious although I had a hunch it wasn’t going to be as good as it looked.  That probably goes under you have a gut you should use it but I did not.  It happens.

dukesFried eggplants (should have used more), green tomatoes (should have used green heirlooms instead), sliced cucumbers, cilantro oil (homemade) and lemon infused Greek yogurt.  Meh.

cornThe one that worked and it seems any combination of this always works was the corn tomato salad.  Grilled corn taken off the ear, sun gold cherry tomatoes split in two, tons of fresh chopped basil, a light splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil mixed together.  On the plate I took fresh whipped ricotta and mixed it with honey and salt.  I took a spatula and pulled it across the plate and then poured the salad on top.  Took some fresh figs, sliced them up and put them around the edge.  This salad says “summer”.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Lisa Abeyta

    I make a lot of corn-based salads – especially with a SW flavor twist (cilantro, black beans, thin-sliced green onion, tomato, chopped green chile, with greek yogurt blended with red chile sauce and cumin). Yours looks delightful – think I’ll try it!

  2. William Mougayar

    In French, the word “Salade” is also used figuratively in a number of expressions:- raconter des salades – telling lies / tales- arrete tes salades – stop exaggerating- panier a salade – a car full of policemenAnyways…I made this a few days ago, inspired by the one you posted earlier in the week.mostly local in-season ingredients: greens, beets, tomatoes, green beans, avocado, corn, figs.

    1. Gotham Gal

      nice!i am going to use the word salade more often.

      1. William Mougayar

        also used as “Quelle salade!” means ‘what a mess’ 🙂

        1. Gotham Gal


  3. AMT Editorial Staff

    Our most recent blog post is also about salads…comparing the greens that most people use. As above demonstrates, salads come is varying flavors and styles. 🙂 Here’s our post. http://athleticmindedtravel

  4. Angela Moulton

    The corn salad and tomato salad looks beautiful.

  5. AG

    That first one just seems like an odd mix of ingredients.

    1. Gotham Gal


  6. ellen sing

    Just screwed up simple tuna steak. used a recipe and it was awful.

    1. Gotham Gal

      It happens