A: For me, this is the quintessential salad. It utilizes my favorite cooking method, outdoor grilling, which adds an extra layer of flavor. It isn't weighted down with heavy ingredients, yet it is just hearty enough to hold its own as a satisfying vegetarian meal. Ben Burger, executive chef of Henry's (16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-638-1949, henrysofbocaraton.com), tosses the salad with a Charred tomato vinaigrette, another burst of flavor while staying within the limits of the lighter fare arena. For bigger appetites, Burger suggests adding a grilled chicken breast or fish on top.
Q: I would like to know how I can get the recipe for the garlic rolls at Gianni's in Pompano Beach? — Lois Sohn, Pompano Beach
A: You came to the right place. Ciro Gentile, owner of Gianni's Restaurante (1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-942-1733, giannisofpompano.com), was happy to oblige. Gentile has been in the restaurant business for more than 53 years. His first two restaurants were in New York, and this year marks Gianni's 23rd successful year. Even though his son, John, and daughter-in-law, Colleen, help out at the restaurant, Gentile is still there six days a week, making sure everything, including the garlic rolls, are just so. It's these hands-on, family-run businesses that are the true diamonds in South Florida's culinary crown.