Your Best Summer Salad, as Chosen by the Food52 Community

Our latest contest theme, Your Best Summer Salad, challenged our talented and creative community to create a salad using the plethora of fresh and delicious produce available in the summer. We can always count on our community to rally together, and th…

Our latest contest theme, Your Best Summer Salad, challenged our talented and creative community to create a salad using the plethora of fresh and delicious produce available in the summer. We can always count on our community to rally together, and the entries did not disappoint.

We tested and tasted our way through an impressive array of salads, and although it was difficult, we were able to narrow it down to two: QueenSashy's Late Summer Tomato Corn Verrines , a sweet salad with a spicy kick, playfully served in a jar showcases the best of summer produce, and Arisa Slutsky's Tomato Confit and Kimchi Panzanella, a creative take on an Italian classic, loaded with flavor from the pairing of roasted and fresh tomatoes, kimchi, and herbs.

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Our Top 2 Best Summer Salads

Nothing says “summer” like a perfect salad showcasing the peak of fresh produce. Whether plucked from your garden or picked up from a local farmer’s market or grocery store, this is the time to enjoy the fleeting wonder of these ingredients in their pr…

Nothing says "summer" like a perfect salad showcasing the peak of fresh produce. Whether plucked from your garden or picked up from a local farmer's market or grocery store, this is the time to enjoy the fleeting wonder of these ingredients in their prime. We asked for our Community to share their best summer salad recipes, hoping for some new go-tos to add to our repertoire. And our Community delivered!

Arisa Slutsky's Tomato Confit and Kimchi Panzanella makes masterful use of summer's superstar, the tomato. This recipe pairs flavor-packed, roasted, garlicky tomatoes with bright, sweet, fresh tomatoes all tied together with pungent, spicy kimchi, crusty bread and fresh basil. The result is a hearty salad, both deep and fresh, that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with grilled steak or chicken for a filling meal.

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Our Community’s Best Five Summer Salads

Here are our community’s best summer salads!
In our latest contest, we asked you to wow us with your best summer salad. With farmers markets bursting at the seams, there was plenty of inspiration just waiting to adorn a salad bowl. The entries were br…

Here are our community's best summer salads!

In our latest contest, we asked you to wow us with your best summer salad. With farmers markets bursting at the seams, there was plenty of inspiration just waiting to adorn a salad bowl. The entries were bright and thoughtful, keeping that summer produce at the heart of each recipe. It was a pleasure for your Community Moderators to make our way through our top ten to bring you the top five for your next dinner.

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Bring Us Your Best Summer Salad

For this contest, we (your community moderators) decided to take a slightly different approach and let our community help pick the theme. We narrowed it down to three choices: 1) a summer salad, 2) a dish with tomatoes, or 3) a no-cook dish. The voters…

For this contest, we (your community moderators) decided to take a slightly different approach and let our community help pick the theme. We narrowed it down to three choices: 1) a summer salad, 2) a dish with tomatoes, or 3) a no-cook dish. The voters have spoken and our latest contest is: Your Best Summer Salad.

With summer's welcome bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, it's hard not to want a salad every day. Local farm stands are bursting with sweet fruits, juicy tomatoes, and fragrant herbs—all ideal building blocks for a perfect summer salad.

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This Great-Grandmother Dominates Her District Fair Recipe Competition Every. Single. Year.

Absolutely crushing the competition at the local fair is nothing new for Linda Skeens. This year, the Virginian great-grandmother went viral after winning more than 25 of the 80 contests at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair—and sweeping the medals in…

Absolutely crushing the competition at the local fair is nothing new for Linda Skeens. This year, the Virginian great-grandmother went viral after winning more than 25 of the 80 contests at the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair—and sweeping the medals in the Cake, Pie, Cookie, Sweet Bread, Savory Bread, Brownie, and Candy categories. She won for cooking, canning, and baking, and she even placed in the embroidery and wall-decor categories, per Today. But apparently she’s dominated the competition before, as TikTok and radio personality Mason Moussette learned after she tracked down the mystery champion for an interview.

“I usually win,” Skeens said. She’s a regular at the fair and often triumphs in pretty similar ways to this year. What made this year different, according to the humble winner who has no social media of her own (or even a cell phone or email address, her granddaughter told the Washington Post), was that the fair posted about it on Facebook.

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Ditch The Knife and Fork… The Sandwich that Won Our Hearts and the Recipe Contest

Our latest contest theme “Your Best Dish Disguised as a Sandwich” challenged our talented and creative Food52 community to take their favorite dish and turn it into a hand-held meal. This was no small feat but the community was certainly up to the chal…

Our latest contest theme "Your Best Dish Disguised as a Sandwich" challenged our talented and creative Food52 community to take their favorite dish and turn it into a hand-held meal. This was no small feat but the community was certainly up to the challenge and the entries did not disappoint.

We tested and tasted our way through a global array of sandwiches and we were able to narrow it down to two: an elegant Shrimp Francese Sandwich featuring a delicious and spicy tomato and hot cherry pepper bruschetta topping with gooey cheese from Daddy_Chef_DoDoDoDoDoDo's and a delightfully layered, flavor-packed Spicy Salmon "Bento" Bagel Sandwich with Cucumber Salad, a playful take on the very popular bento box from Joni Goldbach.

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Our Community’s Top 5 Dishes Disguised as a Sandwich

Here are our top 5 dishes disguised as sandwiches!
In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community members to share their best dishes disguised as a sandwich. The entries were playful and creative. It was a tough process—not really, we love sandw…

Here are our top 5 dishes disguised as sandwiches!

In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community members to share their best dishes disguised as a sandwich. The entries were playful and creative. It was a tough process—not really, we love sandwiches—but we narrowed the field down to five recipes you're going to want to try at your next lunch.

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What’s Your Best Dish Disguised as a Sandwich?

In our last contest, we asked to see your new flavor combinations for an old classic— layer cake. We were blown away by the creativity of the submissions (especially our two finalists). This time around, we want to see that creativity channeled into a…

In our last contest, we asked to see your new flavor combinations for an old classic— layer cake. We were blown away by the creativity of the submissions (especially our two finalists). This time around, we want to see that creativity channeled into a more savory pursuit: your best dish disguised as a sandwich!

We want to see a mash-up between your favorite knife-and-fork meal and the world's most perfect handheld food: the sandwich. Try a chicken cordon bleu torta, a chana masala pita wrap, a Korean BBQ French dip au jus (seriously, someone please do this)...just give the classics a twist!

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The Stunning Layer Cake That Won Our Hearts (& Recipe Contest)

Our latest contest theme, Your Best Layer Cake (Redux), was a trip down memory lane, taking us back to the first Food52 recipe contest. We wanted our community of talented bakers to give us their most creative and delicious layer cakes and they did not…

Our latest contest theme, Your Best Layer Cake (Redux), was a trip down memory lane, taking us back to the first Food52 recipe contest. We wanted our community of talented bakers to give us their most creative and delicious layer cakes and they did not disappoint.

With such an amazing array of cakes it was difficult to narrow things down, but after happily testing and tasting, we selected two delectable confections. On the one hand, Antonia James' Coffee Mascarpone-Filled Fudgy Olive Oil Cake with Almond Praline Mascarpone Topping is a creamy, dreamy, fudgy cake with a crunch from the almond praline. And on the other, GML's Pistachio Cake with Confiture Ispahan and Strawberry Swiss Buttercream is an elegant, creative, moist and tender pistachio cake with confiture Ispahan that is utterly delicious.

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Behold! Our Community’s Top 2 Layer Cakes

In our latest contest, we reprised our very first Food52 recipe contest theme: your best layer cake. For this go around, we asked you to share with us some new and interesting flavor combinations for layer cake. We were truly impressed by the creativi…

In our latest contest, we reprised our very first Food52 recipe contest theme: your best layer cake. For this go around, we asked you to share with us some new and interesting flavor combinations for layer cake. We were truly impressed by the creativity of our community, especially when it comes to a particularly technical and labor-intensive genre of recipes. Hopefully, you will enjoy taking a peek—and perhaps even a stab!—at some of our top choices here.

Alas, because five cakes can't take the cake, we had to narrow down this embarrassment of riches to two. And this was no easy feat! So we're turning over the ultimate decision to our community: We're asking you to vote on which cake will win them all.

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