Mixed Green Salads

Mixed green salads usually have some combination of baby lettuces, arugula, frisée and spinach. These leafy greens also taste delicious when mixed with parsley, basil or chives, like in this herb salad, which is served alongside sweet grilled scallops. Mixed green salads make a healthy and flavorful side dish for chicken or fish and are wonderful when tossed with fresh fruit and tangy cheeses. This mixed green salad uses supersweet grilled peaches, Spanish blue cheese and toasted walnuts to create an amazing dish. If peaches aren’t in season, you could also use pears to get a similar sweetness. F&W proves that salads don’t have to be boring—find your perfect salad in our helpful guide to mixed greens.

Big Salad

My friend Justin Smillie is one of those larger-than-life New York City restaurant characters who accrues nicknames like a billionaire compounds interest. He’s a big guy with a big personality, a chef whose cooking yields layers of big flavors. So it makes sense that the new hit at his Miami outpost of Upland is a big salad: It’s large-format, composed of pristine ingredients stacked vertically along the interior curve of a giant wooden bowl, and served with a generous crystal carafe of buttermilk ranch dressing. It turns heads in the dining room.
 At home, the dish is dinner party gold: Assemble it ahead of time in the biggest, prettiest bowl you own, and pass it around the table with tongs, or serve it tableside with a butler’s flair. Balance is key—you want sweet, sour, and salty flavors; crunchy, soft, and chewy textures; and to arrange the ingredients at various heights—but customize it as you like. My version includes shrimp, crab legs, avocado, six-minute eggs, pickled carrots and red onions, and roasted sweet potatoes. But you could go Greek with a garlicky skordalia sauce with roasted potatoes and beets. Or think Spain (sliced skirt steak, romesco, grilled scallions, toast rubbed with tomato). Or Super Bowl (wings, blue cheese, celery, pickled carrot, iceberg wedges, garlic bread). There are but four rules: A big salad requires lettuces, a unifying dressing, a sense of humor, and please, no dipping. This is salad, not crudité.
 Chances are if you’re a Food & Wine reader, you’re already the best dinner party host (and guest) among your friends. A big salad is a reputation builder, one of dozens of recipes and ideas in this Home Issue that will help you entertain and outfit your kitchen in style. So go ahead, dog-ear these pages. Invite some friends over for Saturday night. Set the table. Go big.
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Winter Greens Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

If you’re looking for a simple but special salad that will hold up on the table beautifully during a long meal (no more wilted greens!), this fresh-herb-and-buttermilk-dressed salad from cookbook author Melissa Clark is perfect. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes
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Mixed Greens with Poached Eggs, Hazelnuts and Spices

At L'Arcangelo restaurant in Rome, chef Arcangelo Dandini makes this simple salad with whichever wild greens happen to be in season at the moment. Slideshow: More Green Salads
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Autumn Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese

Mimi Thorisson tosses her incredible mesclun salad with figs, toasted nuts, bacon and blue cheese. Slideshow: Green Salads for Thanksgiving
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Grilled Scallops over Mixed-Green and Herb Salad

A stylish mix of leafy greens and fresh herbs is a lovely bed for plump grilled scallops. Mix and match the herbs to your liking; you could even use all parsley if you prefer. Just make sure you have a total of two cups.    Amazing Seafood Recipes  
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Salad of Mixed Greens with Mushroom Vinaigrette

If you assemble the salad ahead, spoon the vinaigrette onto the bottom of the bowl and pile the greens on top; toss the salad just before serving.   Terrific Green Salads  
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Mixed Green Salad with Fig-Yogurt Dressing

The Good News Tossed with a healthy mix of lettuces such as arugula and watercress, this tangy-sweet dressing combines low-fat yogurt with vitamin K–rich figs.   More Green Salad Recipes  
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Mixed-Greens-and-Herb Salad with Figs and Walnuts

Using whole herb leaves adds bursts of flavor to this salad. If you can find good fresh figs, use them here in place of dried ones.    More Green Salads  
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