'Salads' on Serious Eats

Beer Pairings: What to Drink With Salads

Salads are among the world's perfect foods, especially this time of year. They can be sweet, tart, savory, spicy, herbal, fruity, and funky, sometimes all at once. But with so many simultaneous flavors, salads can pose problems when trying to choose the perfect beverage. The acidity of a vinaigrette, for instance, and the bitterness of certain greens can be hard to partner up. And how do you decide which flavors to focus on when there's so much going on? More

Cook the Book: 'Salad as a Meal'

When I received a copy of Patricia Wells' Salad as a Meal back in the early (and still quite chilly) spring, I filed it away on my shelf. You see, this is the perfect book for a week the heat wave decides to hit hard, when no one in their right mind wants to be anywhere near the kitchen. It's time for a week of cool, meal-worthy salads. Enter to win a copy of the book here! More

Sunday Supper: Grilled Lobster Tails with Warm Farro, Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad

Simple meals that feel elegant are just what Sunday evenings in the summer call for—and this grain salad with grilled lobster is just that. Although this dish is equally successful using a grill pan or an actual grill, it's far more festive to sear these tails outdoors. If you've never cooked farro before, it's a whole grain that to me feels somewhere between brown rice and barley, and it's delicious served room temperature in this salad. More

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Aji Panca Vinaigrette

Aji panca's light fruitiness pairs well with assertive, aromatic grapefruit and buttery avocado—it plays off their best attributes and brings them closer together. Though this a decidedly winter salad, it feels summery, and it'd be the perfect accompaniment for a winter grill fest-turned-taco night. Or dice the fruit fine and pile it on toast for breakfast. Yes, you'll need to segment your grapefruit for this, but once you get a little practice it's easy and kind of fun. If you buy an extra couple practice grapefruit you'll be a pro by serving time. More

Cook the Book: Grape, Almond and Radicchio Salad with Black Olives

This Grape, Almond and Radicchio Salad with Black Olives from Eric Ripert's Avec Eric pairs radicchio and endive with crunchy, salty almonds, and juicy, sweet green grapes for a salad that alternates bites of bitter leafiness with more friendly sweet and salt. Feel free to replace the radicchio with escarole, swap the grapes for orange segments, or trade almonds for walnuts. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Farro and Cauliflower Salad with Currants

When I'm trying to pinch pennies, I often turn to random grains from the bulk bin of my grocery store. One cup goes a long way, and you're hard pressed to find any accoutrements that push a grain dish into the land of the lavish. But humble as grains may be, there's still something a little surprising about serving barley in place of rice, or bulgur instead of standard pasta. More

Dinner Tonight: Spiced Butternut Squash, Lentil, and Goat Cheese Salad

Main dish salads are tricky to pull off, especially around this time of year when you can't just dump a butch of ripe tomatoes into a bowl with lettuce and call it a dinner. With autumn here, a little extra effort is required. But it also means the results can be even more soulful and satisfying. That's especially true for this salad from Bon Appétit, which mixes roasted butternut squash with French green lentils. More

Grilling: Fennel and Orange Salad

Grilling fennel gives it a mellow and slightly sweet flavor, and excellent texture with a softness that still packs a nice crunch. Mixed together with orange slices, almonds, mint, and an orange vinaigrette, this is a salad that can make converts out of more than a few fennel haters out there. More

Thanksgiving Sides: Salads

Salads are a light spot at Thanksgiving, a palate cleanser between turkey and stuffing and, well, more turkey and more stuffing. They're also an opportunity to get a little creative, since tradition is a little looser when it comes to fresh lettuce (though lots of us like to include fall specialties like pears, apples, and nuts in the mix). Looking for some Thanksgiving salad inspiration? We've got it right here. More

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