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Summer salad: It’s what’s for dinner

Let’s get one thing clear. I am not one of those salad girls. You know that girl. The one who picks at lettuce leaves while the guys dig into their steaks. The one who skips dessert or will “have one little bite.” I am not her. I say that because I feel a little defensive about salads. When people ask me – as they often ask food writers – what I cook for myself at home, I can see the wave of disappointment cross their faces. A salad? Not a dainty plate of leaves, I hastily add. A big, satisfying salad full of cheese, nuts, seasonal vegetables and, um, whatever’s languishing in the fridge. So what makes a good dinner salad? Like any great dish, it calls for balance: Color, sweetness, saltiness, crunch and a little bit of fat. (A really good

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