Cookbook Giveaway: Mixt Salads

by Sarah Henry on June 6, 2010 · 48 comments

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We’re a tad overdue for a monthly book giveaway — where does the time go?

If anyone noticed, there was no LEK giveaway in May. But now for June, a lovely summery month, we have a luscious salad cookbook in the mix to share with readers.

First, a little housekeeping on the giveaway front.

Housekeeping: I tried three times to contact last month’s winner of Spoon Fed and then promptly forgot that I hadn’t heard back from said winner and the book has been languishing on my shelves ever since. My bad. So, Rae F, I’ll try one more time this week, and if I don’t hear from you by Sunday, June 12, I’ll choose another winner so the good book finds a good home.  Sound fair?

Moving forward, folks have exactly one week in which to respond to a winner’s email announcement from yours truly, otherwise I’ll pick another lucky soul. Like everyone else, I’m uber-busy and don’t want to spend time chasing up people for something that shouldn’t take more than a minute or two via email to exchange snail mail details. Agreed? If so, read on.

Andrew Swallow, the founder and executive chef of a wildly popular salad joint called Mixt Greens (which sprouted in San Francisco, and has spread to L.A. and D.C.), recently came out with a cookbook filled with 60 salad recipes featuring gourmet greens, quirky ingredient pairings, and big, robust flavors.

These are salads, as Swallow himself likes to say, that both gals and guys love.

The book, Mixt Salads: A Chef’s Bold Creations (Ten Speed Press, $28), also features the gorgeous photography of Sara Remington, the subject of a pending post.

What can I say? I look at the Brussels Sprouts with Warm Butter Vinaigrette, Little Gems and Apricots with Blue Cheese, and Mache with Summer Lemon Cucumbers and Lychee and I want to pick them off the page and start munching away. Not to mention that blue cheese and figs on a wooden paddle. Yum.

Swallow has an eco-gourmet sensibility and his recipes follow the by-now familiar mantra of sustainability: local, organic, seasonal.

Not surprisingly then, his cookbook is organized seasonally and includes a handy primer in the beginning about how to build a great salad from the ground up. Swallow walks home cooks through the necessary salad-making essentials for any well-stocked pantry and the art and science of salad composition.

The CIA-trained chef, who did stints at the swanky Gramercy Tavern in New York and Gary Danko in San Francisco, favors elegant salads that can stand alone as a meal unto themselves.

Once given side-dish status, the humble salad has come a long way and now finds itself, during these farm-to-table times, featured in the center of many a great meal, as Mixt Salads illustrates.

If, like me, you’re a salad-obsessed individual, you’re gonna find a lot to love about the combos in this book which — heads up — includes omnivore offerings as well, like Coriander-Crusted Ahi Tuna with Mango and Avocado or Mixed Greens with Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Butternut Squash and Port Reduction.

Leave a comment below describing your favorite salad and its ingredients to be in the running for a copy of Mixt Salads. Entries must be received by Sunday, June 13, PT by 10 pm. Winner chosen at random.

I’ll choose a winner on Monday, June 14 and remember, you’ll have exactly one week to claim your prize.

Update: Wow! You all make me hungry with your fresh and fabulous salad creations. Thanks for sharing your ideas. The winner Of Mixt Salads, chosen at random, is Barbara, the very first reader to comment. Congrats! I’ll email you directly to get your snail mail details so I can send you the book. Thanks to all for playing and check back next month for another food book giveaway. If you’re curious, there’s also a new winner for Spoon Fed.

[Photos: Sara Remington]

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Barbara June 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

My favorite is the salad with tomatoes, onions, lots of basil, seasoned with olive oil and salt!


ky2here June 7, 2010 at 1:50 am

Mesclun, romaine, iceberg plus fresh dill, basil, oregano, fresh tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, craisins, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.


Tari L. June 7, 2010 at 2:45 am

I like a fresh spinach salad with walnuts, fresh fruit and blue cheese.


Amber G June 7, 2010 at 4:28 am

My favorite salad is with arugula, baby beets, carrots, goat cheese and quail egg with chianti vinaigrette!


susan varney June 7, 2010 at 5:48 am

lettuce tomatoes french dressing


Shari June 7, 2010 at 7:21 am

My favorite salad right now is baby spinach with sliced baked tofu, blanched snow peas, almonds, and pickled carrots in a toasted sesame oil and mirin vinaigrette.


Cristine June 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

Anything with LOTS of avocado!


Denise June 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

I keep it simple. Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, onions, and carrots.


Peggy Acott June 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

Thin ribbons of raw Lacinato Kale, toasted nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, almonds), grated Pecorino Roman cheese (because of the saltiness), dressing of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Top with a little toasted bread crumbs. Mmmm. This is simple enough to have almost endless variations, if you wanted to add minced sundried tomatoes, anchovies, bacon….I still like the basic version best.


M'Lisa Kelley June 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

My favorite seasonal salad is one made of wild rocket, fresh mozzarella cheese, toasted walnuts, grilled Frog Hollow apricot halves with a fresh citrus and red wine vinaigrette. YUMMMM!


treen June 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’ve never been a big salad eater but I’m getting there … current favorite: fresh spinach, chunks of Pink Lady apples, and crumbled bacon with this apple vinaigrette dressing:

Another favorite – leaf lettuce, red onion, black olives, feta cheese with Italian dressing



Carol Harrity June 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Mixed spring greens, diced tomato, diced cheddar cheese, green onion, fresh basil leafs and hard boiled eggs and shrimp. Serve with Russian dressing.


Bobbie D. June 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

my favorite salad is simple baby lettuce with candied walnuts, red delicious apple slices, blue cheese crumbles, poppyseed dressing and grilled salmon.


Joan June 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love salads and it’s hard to pick one favorite but I’d say one loaded with lots of fresh veggies – romaine, cukes, tomatoes, onions, and lightly dressed with EVOO and vinegar.


Colleen S June 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Right now it is fresh mixed greens and green onions from the garden. I can not believe how good this simple salad is.


Christine June 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, cucumbers and blue cheese


MP June 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm

has to have baby lettuce and arugula from my garden


Lisa DiMona June 8, 2010 at 2:37 am

Romaine, kirby cucumbers, candy tomatoes, thin sliced red onion, fresh dill, feta. Olive oil and fig infused vinegar, salt, pepper.


Joanne T. June 8, 2010 at 4:44 am

My favorite salad is rotisserie chicken, mixed greens, grape tomatoes, black bean salsa (corn,black beans,diced red pepper,minced jalapeno), corn bread croutons, with a blue cheese-balsamic vinaigrette.


RSK June 8, 2010 at 5:25 am

mmmm. salad. while i love them all our “basic house” salad always wins. mixed baby greens, slivers of red onion, shreds of carrots, toasted walnuts, plum tomatoes, thin slices of cucumbers all tossed in a cherry balsamic/olive oil/with a touch of Dijon dressing.


Joshua M. June 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

My favorite salad is greens, chick peas, garlic croutons, and poppy seed dressing. Can’t beat it (or maybe I could).


angie June 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

My favorite salad is mixed greens with fresh fruit thrown in.


JDolin June 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

spinach, avacado, nuts, goat cheese


Jason June 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

I love to make a grilled Chicken salad with peppers, Cucumbers, shredded cheese, croutons, and lime juice drizzled over the top


RitaG June 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I love greens of all kinds …. tender spring mix, robust fall and winter greens, leafy herbs …. and playing with textures. Right now, I’m experimenting with butter lettuce and various chopped salad elements on top, sliced very, very thinly with a mandolin: radishes, onions, turnips, fennel, celery, carrots, spring onions, endive, radicchio, various cabbages, aged salty cheese. Dressing is always Bariani olive oil with lemon juice or champagne vinegar, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Maybe a little mustard.


Jackie June 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

does this qualify as a salad? fruit salad mix my fav fruits: banana, melon, papaya, pineapple and some avocado. very tangy, sweet and easy to make.


Jan Hart June 22, 2010 at 5:05 am

Boy this is my kind of salad.
I live in Costa Rica – and these are my favs!


Ed Nemmers June 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Bibb lettuce, pears and walnuts is one of my favorite salads!


christa marteny June 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

mixed spring greens with shrimp and light vinaigrette


Lucy Schwartz June 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

My favorite salad is a spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. Spinach, mushrooms, boiled egg and a nut of the day. (I love nuts so add peanuts , pecans, almonds or any you take a fancy too.)


christopher h June 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

i like a simple lettuce and tomato, with a vinaigrette


Diane June 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

My favorite salad has mixed greens, red pepper, green olives, cucumbers, boiled eggs, broccoli and feta cheese. I top it with equal parts of white vinegar and Splenda.


Barbara June 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Favorite salad is spinach with tuna (canned or fresh grilled), onion, tomatoes, black or green olives, toasted walnuts or pine nuts, and Herbes de Provence or a mixture of Italian herbs tossed with olive oil and lemon juice or red wine vinegar.


Michelle H. June 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I like a salad with lots of different greens, tomatoes, bell pepper, and other fresh vegetables with marinated steak on the side.


Gianna June 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Romaine lettuce, arugula, cucumbers, carrots and cherry tomatoes.


Melanie June 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Spinach leaves, cranberries, and grilled chicken..oh, and a vinaigrette dressing.


francine June 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

mixed baby greens, grapefruit, avocado, hazelnuts with a vinaigrette


Shannon June 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

mixed greens, cranberries, walnuts, feta, balsamic vinegar and olive oil


Ro June 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

No salad ever comes out the same because it depends on what I have besides romaine, tomatoes, cukes and red onion. Sometimes I toss in all or some: raisins and sunflower seeds, jicama, radishes, red and yellow peppers, red beans or chick peas. The vinaigrette I use I make myself and that varies from plain to spicy.


Melissa B. June 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm

My favorite salad is from Olive Garden. I love their house dressing on sliced tomato and lettuce.


susan smoaks June 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm

i love leafy green lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion and oil and vinegar


Sand June 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

My favorite salad is a mixed green salad with goat’s cheese, chicken breast, walnuts and craisins.


heather c June 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Any salad at California Pizza Kitchen is awesome, however, for the salad that I make on my own, these are the ingredients: romaine, 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup salsa, 3 sliced scallions, 1 cup shredded chicken, 1 tbsp lemon juice. That is the most delicious salad ever!


Veronica Garrett June 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

My favorite is Caesar Salad with lettuce tomatoes, croutons and caesar salad dressing.


dawn June 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I like a Romaine with radishes, cucumbers, grated mozzarella cheese, and crunchy small croutons with vinegar and oil dressing.


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