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The Japanese Way to Make Potato Salad

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. More

When Vietnamese Sandwiches and Italian Bread Salads Combine: Banh Mi Panzanella

When life hands you stale banh mi baguettes, you really can't make lemonade. Instead, make this banh mi bread salad that's inspired by panzanella, the classic Tuscan dish designed to transform stale bread into a delicious meal, but using banh mi flavors instead. In fact, you don't even need stale bread to make this: Just buy fresh bread and dry it in the oven. More

Banh Mi Panzanella

The classic flavors of Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are reworked into the form of Italian panzanella, a salad designed to make stale bread delicious again. This version features pickled and fresh vegetables, lemongrass-marinated tofu, and two sauces that deliver spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. More

Subtle Steps Lead to the Best Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is an inherently simple dish, typically made from a mixture of chopped parsley and mint, onion, tomato, bulgur, olive oil, and lemon juice. Recipes abound, so the question is, can they be improved upon? The answer is, yes, in subtle ways that together make a more foolproof, more delicious dish. More

The Best Tabbouleh Salad

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. More

Spicy Cabbage Salad With Fish Sauce Dressing

Green papaya salad is a Southeast Asian classic, but that green papaya can be hard to find in many parts of the States. Inspired by the flavors of that salad, but using more readily available produce like cabbage, carrot, and green apple, this salad hits all the same notes without sending you on a shopping wild goose chase. More

The New Rules of Pasta Salad: How to Work With Asian Noodles

The key to making good pasta salad is usually not to make it like salad at all. But there's one big exception, and that's when you're working with Asian noodles. Whether we're talking soba, ramen, rice noodles, or others, these noodles work incredibly well when approached as a salad—raw vegetables, tart dressings, and all. Ready to try it? Mix up this tasty soba noodle salad with cucumbers, asparagus, seaweed, and sesame. More

How to Make The Best Tomato-Basil Pasta Salad

A couple days ago I shared my new rules for making the best pasta salad. Today, I offer another recipe following those same guidelines. Instead of using raw tomatoes, this one has you cook the tomatoes first just until bursting, releasing their rich juices into a flavorful sauce that coats the pasta even when cooled. It's a summertime must. More

The New Rules of Pasta Salad

Think hard: How much good pasta salad have you had in your life? If you're being honest with yourself, the answer is most likely almost never. That's because most pasta salad sucks. Instead of relegating the dish to the trash heap, we're here to save it from itself. Meet the new rules of pasta salad. More

Bang Bang Chicken, Hold the Bangin': The Modern Way to Make Sichuan Chicken Salad

True bang bang ji si gets its name from the sound that a mallet makes when beating the tough chicken breasts of yesteryear into tender submission before dressing them in a sauce flavored with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, sesame seed, Chinkiang vinegar, and roasted chili oil. But with today's tender chickens, the actually banging part of bang bang chicken is nothing more than a relic of the past. Let's bring this dish into the modern age, shall we? More

Hot and Numbing Sichuan Chicken Salad (Bang Bang Ji Si)

Whether you call it Bang Bang Chicken (named after the sound that a pounding mallet makes when tenderizing the tough chicken breasts of yesteryear) or Mysterious Flavor Chicken, this classic cold Sichuan chicken salad dressed with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, sesame, and chili oil, can be updated using a few modern techniques. Cooking the chicken breasts directly in a bag with aromatics guarantees ultra-moist and flavor-packed chicken without the need for any banging at all. More

Make This Light and Easy Chicken Salad With Avocado, Corn, and Miso Dressing

The other day I discovered that the secret to making the best chicken salad is to cook that chicken in a sealed bag, packing the bag with aromatics to infuse the chicken with extra flavor. The method works great in a classic mayo-based chicken salad but I hate to see a good technique relegated to one single use, so I decided to adapt it a bit. This Japanese-inspired chicken salad with a creamy miso dressing, avocado, and corn is a winner. More

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