Slideshow: 14 Summer Salads

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Buttermilk-Dill Dressing
Grilled Romaine Hearts with Buttermilk-Dill Dressing

Grilled hearts of romaine lettuce go wonderfully with a rich, tangy buttermilk dressing shot through with fragrant dill, topped with sweet tomatoes and crisp rounds of spicy radishes.

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Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad
Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad

Cucumbers and celery, intensely flavored with garlic, ginger, and lime juice, are served on top of sliced avocado.

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Make-Ahead Radish Fattoush Salad
Make-Ahead Radish Fattoush Salad

The salad is topped with pita chips sprinkled with harissa for an extra layer of flavor.

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Steak Salad with Cucumber, Peppers, and Spicy Fish Sauce Vinaigrette
Steak Salad with Cucumber, Peppers, and Spicy Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

The flavors of the dressing—fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and chilies—are straight out of the playbook of Southeast Asian cuisine.

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Southern-Style Slaw with Pecans and Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
Southern-Style Slaw with Pecans and Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

Sweet and tangy with lots of crunch, this slaw is light and refreshing.

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Spicy Cabbage Slaw
Spicy Cabbage Slaw

This spicy cabbage slaw, flavored with habanero chili and a hint of allspice is essentially a quick-pickle recipe that comes together in minutes, but goes a long way to adding crunch, freshness, and heat to tacos or other summery dishes.

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Salad of Summer Leaves, Cured Pork, and Cherries
Salad of Summer Leaves, Cured Pork, and Cherries

Sweet summer cherries, meaty, salty cured pork, and tender lettuce greens are married here in a summery salad bound together by a rich, creamy vinaigrette.

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Grilled Chicken Niçoise
Grilled Chicken Niçoise

Although it's traditionally topped with anchovies and tuna, this version of the classic Niçoise gets a slight spin. Anchovies are instead incorporated into the tarragon-laced dressing—a boon for haters since they're hidden—while marinated, grilled chicken lends catch-all appeal.

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Grilled Jalapeño Potato Salad
Grilled Jalapeño Potato Salad

This grilled approach to potato salad ditches the bland mayo monotony for a group of fresh and powerful flavors.

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Pork Larb (Thai Salad with Pork, Herbs, Chili, and Toasted Rice Powder)
Pork Larb (Thai Salad with Pork, Herbs, Chili, and Toasted Rice Powder)

Pork larb is intensely flavored, and the embodiment of the sweet-sour-salty-hot flavor profile that defines much of Thai cuisine.

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Grilled Cheese Curd Panzanella
Grilled Cheese Curd Panzanella

If any one dish symbolizes the glory and versatility of summer tomatoes, we'd place our vote with panzanella. This one is taken up a notch with the addition of fresh cheese curd.

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