When the summer heat is out of control and amazing produce is flooding the market, sometimes all we want are smart, easy ideas for how to make the most of it without breaking a sweat. Here, we make an incredibly delicious summer squash salad with fennel and dill that is way more than the sum of its parts.
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What makes the difference between a great bean salad and a boring bowlful of beans? The answer is simple: Go for maximum contrast, both in texture and in flavor. Here, I add layers of crispness and crunch with almonds, radish, radicchio, fresh parsley, scallion, and quick-pickled onion.
Japanese versions of Western dishes, known as yōshoku cuisine, may look like the originals that inspired them, but the flavor is unmistakably Japanese. Take this potato salad, which derives its unique flavor from Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard.
There are lots of tabbouleh recipes in the world, but many give instructions that can lead to a sopping wet salad with bulgur that's too hard to eat. This one uses pre-salting steps to remove excess moisture from the tomatoes and parsley, then uses the water drained from the tomatoes to soak the bulgur until tender and flavorful. A hint of spices adds complexity and depth.
This simple and refreshing pasta salad is made with soba (buckwheat) noodles, raw cucumber, lightly cooked asparagus, and wakame seaweed. It's tossed in a lemon-soy vinaigrette with sesame oil, sesame seeds, and a hit of fresh ginger.
Pasta salad with raw tomatoes and basil is a common summertime dish. Here we give it a thoughtful upgrade by cooking the tomatoes just until bursting, so that they release their rich juices into a flavorful sauce that coats the pasta even when cooled. It's a new summertime must.
Tender-crisp asparagus and firm tofu tossed in a fiery-sweet Sichuan-style vinaigrette made with roasted chilies and Sichuan peppercorns.
This easy bean appetizer takes only five minutes to prepare, but it does rely on some high quality ingredients for optimal flavor. Tender, creamy giant lima beans are worth the splurge when you're coating them with your best extra-virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, and a pinch of smoked paprika. Celery, shallots, and garlic round out the flavor profile and add crunchy texture.
Sichuan Shirataki Sesame Noodle Salad With Cucumber, Sichuan Peppercorn, Chili Oil, and Peanuts (Vegan)
Slick shirataki noodles are perfect for cold noodle salads where their slippery texture helps keep each strand separate while simultaneously picking up plenty of flavor from a sauce of Sichuan peppercorn and chili-infused oil, black vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, and peanuts.
Most produce is a sad sight during the winter, except for citrus. We whipped up this tangerine vinaigrette to celebrate one of the few fruits that's best this time of year, then served it on a simple salad of shaved fennel and radicchio.
Roasted beets take a long time to prepare, but a much faster way to enjoy their natural sweetness is to slice them paper thin on a Japanese mandoline. By doing this, you release a lot of their natural sugars. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette, they become an ideal addition to a salad of hearty winter greens like endive, frisée, and radicchio, their sweetness complemented by the bitter bite of the greens. Some shaved Parmesan, radishes, and toasted flax seeds finish this simple salad off.
A fancy Thanksgiving salad that won't add to your holiday stress. Made with roasted brassicas, potatoes, radishes, and sunchokes plus frisee and radicchio, this dish can be prepped ahead with no loss in quality. Plus, it hardly wilts once dressed!
Loosely based on Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad, this easy make-ahead salad combines grape tomatoes (sweet and ripe any time of year) with cucumber, parsley, mint, and quinoa for a bright and refreshing make-ahead salad that's hearty enough to serve as a light meal.
You could say I've been on a bit of a chickpea kick recently, but only because they're so easy to love! They make the kind of dishes that are not just delicious when first thrown together, but actually improve with time. It's really the ideal food for a packed lunch, whether it's at school, the office, or on the road. This version combines chickpeas with grated carrots, pumpkin seeds, and plenty of dill.
A simple salad of chickpeas dressed in a light vinaigrette flavored with cumin, shallots, and olive oil. Crunchy celery and parsley finish it off. This is the kind of salad that gets better as it sits—Make it one night and pack it for lunch at the office or on a picnic the next day.
Cold buckwheat noodles and finely chopped kale are tossed together with silky bites of wakame, crunchy bean sprouts, creamy avocado and a sesame-miso dressing for a healthy and light dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes.
The key to the deeply-seasoned potatoes in this tangy and creamy salad is to cook them in water seasoned with salt and vinegar. A dressing flavored with olive oil, sour cream, and dill binds it together.
A hearty salad with rye berries, tender carrots, onions, cilantro, celery, and toasted Marcona almonds in a simple olive oil vinaigrette.
Colorful citrus is finished with turns of black pepper and a shower of salty feta and fresh mint.
A hearty salad of roasted carrots flavored with cumin and chilies, served with a simple mole sauce, radishes, greens, and crunchy pumpkin seeds.