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Salad for Potluck Brunch

Hi all,

A friend is having a potluck brunch next weekend, and I have been tasked with bringing a salad of some sort. Any crowd pleasing suggestions? Only criteria here is no fish/seafood. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I love a tabouli salad, tortellini if you want pasta-ish with pesto, lentil, or a traditional Greek without all that lettuce. This time of year, there is hardly an farm-stand ingredient that I don't turn into a salad.

    1. I love nancy silverton's chopped salad. It is chock full of salami, cheese, chickpeas and lots of oregano and of course vegetables. Cooking your own chickpeas in a seasoned stock makes all the difference.

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      1. re: Gloriaa

        i didn't start this thread, but i LOVE this suggestion! I'm always looking for portable salads. excellent choice!

      2. this is my go to favorite for company, holidays and office potlucks.

        http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

        1. My mother makes a meatless taco salad that's very popular. Kidney beans, lettuce, cheese, onion, fritos corn chips, etc. with a catalina dressing. I could ask for the recipe, if anyone's interested.

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          1. re: ePressureCooker

            I would love to have her recipe. Also, I wonder if she has ever tried another dressing. Catalina isn't a favorite here.
            Thanks ePressure.

          2. Would you consider a fruit salad? This time of year there's so much great fruit available, that it seems a shame not to embrace it.

            You could do a red/blue dish with red grapes, blueberries, prune plums, watermelon, strawberries, black raspberries. Whatever is available.

            Pair that with a green/yellow dish with green grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, orange or tangerine supremes. Personally, I'd put avocado in there, too.

            You wouldn't really need any dressing except maybe a little honey-citrus mixture.

            1. We love this barley, corn and haricot vert salad. It always goes like a flash at potlucks. You can sub farro, spelt, Kamut, even brown rice.

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              1. re: magiesmom

                Is this the same salad you make? If so, I love it too. Glad you reminded me of it. My green beans are coming in gangbusters.
                http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/0...

                1. re: MrsJonesey

                  yes, thanks, I forgot to post the link.

              2. For a brunch, a "BLT" salad might be nice. I whirl some fresh basil into the dressing. http://www.marthastewart.com/315882/b...

                1. I think a fruit salad is very good for a brunch. I love Nigella's watermelon salad with feta, olives, mint and parsley.
                  http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/w...

                  1. I love fresh green beans and with such a short season for them I tend to make this salad a lot. The dressing really compliments the beans. If you wanted to make it heartier you could add quinoa or farro or something. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                    1. All great suggestions! I would have loved to bring a fruit salad, especially with Quebec fruits at their best right now, but someone has already called dibs on fruit salad. Keep the ideas flowing :)

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                      1. re: chefjeannine

                        Are you looking for starchy, vegetable based, beans, mostly greens,...? That would help--there are a lot of great salads.

                        1. re: chowser

                          I'm thinking maybe a mix, but something that would go nicely with "traditional" brunch foods (pancakes, bacon, fruit, etc).

                          1. re: chefjeannine

                            With how heavy all that can be, and that it's summer, what about a good roasted vegetable salad, like this:

                            http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegeta...

                            Or one that I use often, roasted cauliflower and radicchio:

                            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                            I play w/ different roasted vegetables w/ that and especially like roasted corn in it.