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Black Bean, Corn, and Red Pepper Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 14 comments

This is the ultimate summer salad, and it's perfect for entertaining. Not only is it festive and colorful, but you can make it ahead of time—in fact, you should, because it gets better and better the longer it sits. More

Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 4 comments

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

Italian Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 2 comments

Think of this as a much, much improved version of that bottled Italian dressing sitting in your fridge door. More

Carrot, Pea, and Mint Salad

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 1 comment

Carrots and peas are often served together hot, so why not try them together cold in this springtime salad? More

Raw Asparagus Caesar Salad

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 1 comment

I know it may sound strange, but crisp raw asparagus makes a wonderful salad. Here, it's chopped into bite-sized pieces and tossed with a creamy Caesar vinaigrette and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. More

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Fried Almonds

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 6 comments

Carrots and chickpeas are tossed in a lemon vinaigrette flavored with cilantro, smoked paprika, and cumin—an unusual but delicious combination. More

Southern-Style Slaw with Pecans and Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

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

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

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Roasted beets tossed with a maple-balsamic glaze are perfect for snacking or tossing over salads. More

Bulgur Salad with Apricots, Radicchio, Herbs and Walnuts

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Bulgur is an ancient Middle Eastern grain made from whole wheat kernels that have been parboiled, dried and crushed (or cracked). Chewy and nutty-tasting, it's high in fiber, protein, and nutrients. More

Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 13 comments

This slaw is a great way to eat your colors, and it's every bit as delicious as it is healthful. More

Roasted Beets with Citrus, Feta and Walnuts

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Roasted beets pair beautifully with citrus, feta and walnuts in this refreshing winter salad. More

Quinoa Salad with Watercress, Oranges, Avocado, and Almonds, with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Start the new year off right with this light and tasty quinoa salad topped with delicate greens, citrus, avocado and crunchy almonds. More

Baby Spinach Salad with Pears, Red Onions, Cranberries and Toasted Hazelnuts

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 2 comments

Tender greens, juicy pears, crimson cranberries, and toasted hazelnuts make a festive salad to start all those special holiday meals. More

Shredded Kale Salad with Pine Nuts, Currants, and Parmesan

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 7 comments

Raw shredded kale makes a nutritious and tasty salad, especially when paired with toasted pine nuts, currants, and shaved Parmesan. It also holds up well, even with the dressing, so you can make it ahead of time. More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 9 comments

These brussels sprouts are roasted until golden and caramelized, then doused in a maple-balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crisp bacon and toasted pecans. They're so addictive, it's hard not to eat the entire lot standing at the stove before you serve them. More

Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 1 comment

Spicy arugula, finely sliced fennel, and juicy oranges make a simple and elegant autumn salad. More

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 9 comments

This roasted sweet potato salad, adapted from Devon Delaney, is a welcome change from all those overly sweet holiday sweet potato recipes. Serve it warm as a side dish. More

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Pecans

Serious Salads Jennifer Segal 3 comments

A hearty autumn salad of nutty wild rice, dried cranberries and toasted pecans in a slightly sweet orange-scented vinaigrette. More

Arugula, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad with Cider-Honey Vinaigrette

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This salad of peppery arugula, crisp apples and juicy pomegranate seeds is adapted from Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. It's perfect for autumn, and as pretty as it is delicious! More

Cucumber and Mint Salad

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Thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint make a refreshing summer salad—delicious on its own as a light bite, or as a side at your next picnic or barbecue. More

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