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.
Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad
Cucumbers and celery, intensely flavored with garlic, ginger, and lime juice, are served on top of sliced avocado.
Make-Ahead Radish Fattoush Salad
The salad is topped with pita chips sprinkled with harissa for an extra layer of flavor.
Charred Corn, Radish, Jicama, and Green Bean Salad with Lime Dressing
The vegetal snap of green beans along with the faint, pear-like sweetness of crisp jicama is echoed by radishes, who bring their sharp bite to the mix. The thread that ties it all together is corn that's been cooked until deeply charred, bringing out its natural sweetness.
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.
Southern-Style Slaw with Pecans and Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
Sweet and tangy with lots of crunch, this slaw is light and refreshing.
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.
Peach, Mozzarella, and Crispy Prosciutto Salad
This is a simple recipe that emphasizes the freshness of summer's best produce.
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.
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.
Grilled Jalapeño Potato Salad
This grilled approach to potato salad ditches the bland mayo monotony for a group of fresh and powerful flavors.
Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil
Fresh corn is a staple at every summer cookout, but cooking it fresh can leave you sweating over a hot stove while your guests kick back outside. This make-ahead salad of sweet, crisp corn scraped off the cob, mild scallions, and fresh basil in a tart white wine vinaigrette is a great alternative.
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.
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.