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