It takes a lot of imagination to make a salad interesting these days. Gone are the days when "rocket" was an "exotic" green and the only thing you would use kale for was lining the bottom of platters of shell-on shrimp and crab legs at the raw bar.
But more interesting isn't always better; think of all the salads that just had too many ingredients and too much going on. Were they interesting? Sure. Were they enjoyable eating experiences? Probably not.
That's why this week, we're considering the salad. Carefully. With respect, love, and attention. And what did we come up with? Well, here's a small taste of what's in store.
All of the recipes featured here can be made at home for about $27 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.