Got a great idea for a summer party from the last issue of Saveur—a Salad Social! A potluck (or bring-a-dish, called in some circles a "hotdish") of nothing but salads. Everyone brings a salad—and, I'm assuming, it would be a good idea to find out in advance what each person wants to bring so you don't end up with a dozen bowls of coleslaw or ... well, you get the picture.
You will need main dish, side dish and dessert salads. One maverick couple at the party in the Saveur article even brought gazpacho—sneakily calling it "liquid salad" to slip it through. Doesn't that sound like fun?!
And apropos of absolutely nothing (though I do go through a lot of kitchen towels when I'm cooking), I just got an even dozen of the most fabulous kitchen towel ever! This 20x30-Inch Ripple Kitchen Towel is, at last, my dream towel!
But back to the party! Let's start with a main dish:
You can't have a summer potluck without vast quantities of potato salad: