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The art of the salad
Salads come in many shapes and sizes. They can be first courses, main dishes or follow-ups, and for Joyce Goldstein, salad savant and a master of Mediterranean cuisine, they're front and center. Goldstein's twin passions were the happy impetus for Mediterranean Fresh: A Compendium of One-Plate Salad Meals and Mix-and-Match Dressings. She divides this meditation on Mediterranean salads into seven categories, 146 combos in all, ranging from the tender and leafy to the hearty and beefy, with equal attention given to beans, greens, grains and a variety of veggies, seafood and chicken that easily morph into a multitude of small-plate pleasers. You'll find classics, often accented with shavings of cheese, toasted nuts or strips of prosciutto, classics with a twist like Gazpacho Bread Salad, and bright new concepts such as Persian Pomegranate and Cucumber Salad, and Shrimp Salad with Walnut Tarator Dressing. It's not just what goes into the salad that concerns Goldstein, it's what goes on the salad. In other words, you must dress for success, not in a sedate suit with matching pumps, but with a perfect balance of salt, acidity and fat. To that lofty end, she's devised 46 dressings that harmonize with the prime ingredients, not too tame, not too assertive, but in Goldilocks' immortal words, "just right"as is this entire celebration of salads.