101 Days of Summer

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Mark Bittman's

101 Simple Salads

became an overnight sensation among foodies with good reason. If you love salad, but find yourself sick of the same old lettuce routine, you'll be in awe of his creative combinations. I didn't get too far down the list (#2) before I finalized yesterday's lunch plans. After buying all the ingredients at the farmers' market, I made his peach and tomato salad with slivers of red onion, chile flakes and cilantro tossed in a lemon juice and olive oil vinaigrette (I added avocado for a bit of creamy texture). The final result was a light and refreshing salad bursting with flavor and tremendous depth.