My F&W
quick save (...)

Healthy Salads for Hedonists

Crunchy, crispy, chewy, tender: A Baltimore chef’s main-course salads satisfy the senses.

“Eating salad shouldn’t feel like a punishment,” says chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore. At his new coffee shop, Artifact, he brings his hyper-locavore sensibility to more casual food, like sandwiches and main-course salads. “The best salads for me are the ones where you get the crunchy, the crisp, the chewy and the tender,” Gjerde says. To add crunch, he throws in croutons made from leftover bread (“Pretzels also work well”); he also likes tossing in pickles (“As a bonus, use some brine in the dressing”). Whether it’s a salad with smoked fish and potatoes or noodles with pork tenderloin, Gjerde varies the greens depending on the season. “These salads have enough heft. After you eat them, you won’t be looking around to see what’s on everyone else’s plate.”

Top Chef Video Video: Salad Recipes and Tips from Star Chefs

Published July 2012


Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.