Teach me to make tastier vegetables
April 23, 2013 5:46 PM Subscribe
Lately I crave very tasty vegetable and grain salads from very pricey cafes. Can any cookbooks or blogs teach me to cook something similar?
posted by biscuits to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 117 users marked this as a favorite
I want to eat more veggies and stop spending money on small containers of tasty goodness so I'm hoping people have good cookbook, blog or even single recipe suggestions for me. I don't know quite what to call what I'm looking for (modern farmer's market cold veggie salads? Pricey cafe deli vegetable salads?) They sometimes have grains like farro, barley, etc and sometimes they don't. To give you an idea of the kinds of things I've been ordering:
* Roasted cauliflower, preserved lemon, green olives
* Farro with feta, cucumber and radishes
* Shaved brussel sprout salad with fennel, pecorino, toasted almonds and parsley
* Butternut Squash Salad with basil, pickled red onion, pine nuts & lemon yogurt
* Toasted Israeli Couscous with mushrooms & shallots
I don't mind buying unusual ingredients or that sort of thing if it will save me from getting take out. I suspect that part of what makes these vegetable salads are the dressings which go beyond a basic vinaigrette. Maybe someone has a good suggestion as far as vinaigrettes or special vinegars or...?
What cookbook should I check out? As far as blogs, I already read: Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks, Love and Lemons, Amateur Gourmet. What else should I be reading? Thanks!