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Zuke's 'Diet' Salad From 'The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home'

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This hearty salad from The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home was a creation by Nick Zukin as a Seinfeld-related inside joke—while the salad does contain lettuce and cucumbers, it's far from a low-calorie lunch. An ample scoop of chicken salad, a generous pour of creamy blue cheese dressing, and a plethora of crisp bagel chips make this truly a salad for salad haters.

Why I picked this recipe: I'm a fan of large hearty salads; this one reminded me of my favorite childhood salad, the Cobb.

What worked: Once you've got the chicken salad, chips, and onions made, this salad is a snap to throw together. The easy blender blue cheese dressing makes for an addictive spread, even sans salad.

What didn't: Be judicious with the cayenne pepper—between it, the blue cheese, and the garlic, the dressing can become mighty potent.

Suggested tweaks: Feel free to play with the proportions here for your desired balance of sharpness and richness.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home to give away this week.

About the author: Kate Williams is a freelance writer and personal chef living in Berkeley, CA. She is a contributor to The Oxford American, KQED's Bay Area Bites, and Berkeleyside NOSH. Follow her @KateHWiliams.

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