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Book Review: The CIG to Sensational Salads

Updated on December 12, 2010

Are you a fan of tasty salads? Would you like to come up with some new and creative salad ideas? Are you interested in learning more about how to choose the best salad ingredients? If so, you’ll likely find The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads by professional chef and culinary instructor Leslie Bilderback to be a great addition to your home library.

About The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads is written for people who enjoy eating delicious salads as main courses or side dishes and who want to expand their horizons when it comes to this tasty dish. If you’re looking for a book that will provide you with many well-written, easy-to-follow recipes for preparing interesting salads and that will teach you about basic salad ingredients and give you tips for selecting the best ingredients, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads is exactly what you need.


Book Organization

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sensational Salads opens with a “Salad Basics” section. The first chapter goes into detail about the many different types of greens and other vegetables that can be used in salads.The second chapter focuses on dressings and other salad toppings.

After the "Salad Basics" section, each additional section is devoted to recipes for particular categories of salads. Section two is titled “Salads on the Side” and is packed with recipes for side dish salads. The third section is titled “The Main Event” and is filled with main course salad dish recipes.

Within each section, there is a chapter devoted to a specific type of salad. Salad types included in the “Salads on the Side” section include: Green Salads, Vegetable Salads, Warm Salads, Potato Salads and Fruit Salads.

In “The Main Event”, you’ll find chapters filled with recipes for Meat and Seafood Salads, Pasta Salads, Grain Salads, Bean Salads and Hearty Dinner Salads.

The book concludes with comprehensive glossary and appendix sections, allowing an easy way for readers to look up any salad terminology they may not be familiar with and to find particular recipes they may be looking for.

CIG to Sensational Salads Recipe Examples

There are many great recipes in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads . A few of my favorites include:

  • Baby Greens Salad
  • Classic Spinach Salad
  • Seafood Pasta Salad
  • Sweet Potato and Pecan Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Warm Red Cabbage Salad
  • Many more


Special thanks to Alpha Publishing, a member of Penguin Group (USA) for providing me with an opportunity to review The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sensational Salads .


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