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Radicchio Makes a Superior Thanksgiving Salad

I am an unapologetic champion of serving a salad with Thanksgiving dinner. Even though I am completely here for the casseroles, a pile of raw leaves can cleanse the palate and invigorate, allowing one to continue shoving potatoes and gravy into one’s face with gusto. Any salad can fill this role, but a radicchio salad…Read […]

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Vinaigrettes Need Way Less Oil Than You Think

At some point in the history of salads, everyone agreed that the correct dressing ratio is one part vinegar to three parts oil. They’re all wrong. If you’re perpetually disappointed by vinaigrette recipes, do what I do: use half as much oil as the recipe calls for and go from there. That’s it, that’s the […]

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Make a Big Batch of Breakfast Slaw and Eat From It All Week

It is a well-established fact that starting your day with a salad makes you morally superior to everyone around you in every way, but weekday mornings are simply not the time for rinsing, chopping, and dressing a pile of vegetables. Enter the breakfast slaw—the make-ahead option for breakfast salad lovers that can be…Read more… Continue […]

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Why You Should Save Every Drop of Bacon Grease

There is only one correct way to “dispose” of bacon grease, and that is by consuming it. While it is a fantastic frying oil—especially for eggs and bread—it also makes a superb mayonnaise, a rich and salty compound butter, and a truly transcendent salad dressing. (Note: This vinaigrette is acidic, so start with one… Read […]

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How to Make a Vinaigrette That Tastes Like Browned Butter

Browned butter is often used to make the rich richer and the decadent more indulgent, but its true power lies in bringing a bit of depth to a big pile of fresh, vibrant produce. Though I wouldn’t fault you pouring a bunch of melted, browned butter on a salad, this vinaigrette takes a more balanced […]

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Why You Want to Be the Hero Who Brings Salad to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not a day to be concerned with calories, your step goal, or health in general, but it is a day that should involve salad. Though I would be happy if we formally changed the name of the holiday to “Casserole Day,” believe me when I say that a good salad is not only […]

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A Mason Jar Is the Only Tool You Need for Perfectly Emulsified Dressings

I put a lot of unnecessary items on my wedding registry, including a set of violently green margarita classes, but the most unnecessary item was this weird salad dressing bottle, which had a little handle you could squeeze to stir and emulsify the dressing. I honestly don’t know how it got on there, but I […]

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