Salads

Avocado and Sweet Onion Salad

This salad is so good alongside anything grilled. Its dressing has a healthy kick from jalapenos, but the creamy avocado and sweet onion work to balance it out.

Grilled Peaches with Mint Pesto

This savory side dish goes nicely with grilled meats or kebabs, when it’s so hot out that you don’t want to turn on the stove. The mint and basil pesto is a unique accompaniment that you’ll want to make again and again.

 

Peach and Parma Ham Salad

Divide the peaches among 4 plates, and top each plate with 2 slices of ham. 

Place the greens in a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard until combined. Drizzle enough dressing over the greens to lightly dress them. Toss to coat. 

Divide the salad between the plates and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts. Serve with more dressing on the side.

Pearl Couscous Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

This summery salad is packed with herbs, spinach and heirloom tomatoes. It travels well and is great at room temperature, so it’s perfect for a picnic or packed lunches. Use a combination of red, yellow, green and orange tomatoes if you can. 

Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs

Have you ever tried eating Swiss chard raw? This light, lemony salad might make you a convert. It’s got some crunch from garlicky breadcrumbs and is tossed with an easy dressing. Transform it into a hearty meal by topping it with chickpeas or a poached egg.

Hearts of Palm and Blood Orange Salad

This salad goes so nicely with so many meals, you might find yourself eating it every couple of days when blood oranges are in season. The bright pink color of the dressing is a welcome sight in the middle of winter, and the combination of crunchy, slightly bitter romaine with crisp hearts of palm and juicy blood oranges is one you won’t forget.

Tuna Asparagus Salade Nicoise

Tender blanched asparagus joins seared tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and wedges of golden potato for a very springtime Nicoise salad.

 

Mango with Cilantro, Coconut, and Chile Powder

This salad is light and flavorful, and is inspired by street vendors in Mexico who serve mango on a stick with hot sauce. Plus, it’s so easy to make: just mango, and a handful of fresh ingredients.

 

Cilantro Lime Noodles with Shrimp and Snow Peas

This quick and easy noodle dish is light and flavorful, perfect for the first days of spring. Whether served as a hot entrée or cold salad, eggrolls or spring rolls are a great accompaniment for this dish, along with Thai iced tea and mango sorbet.

Brussels Sprout Salad

When you come across perfectly fresh, bright green Brussels sprouts, shredding them paper thin for a salad is a wonderful treatment. Use a mandoline for very fine, feathery slices. Omit the cheese for an equally pleasing vegan dish.

Quinoa and Fig Salad

This is a hearty salad with an unexpected and satisfying combination of ingredients.

Fresh Fig and Mint Salad

This simple salad is worthy of a dinner party, but is so easy to make, it’s good for a casual weeknight dinner too.

Shrub-Marinated Beet Salad

I made this up during the spring beet season, and used shrub because I was hunting for vinegar in my cupboard, but didn't have any. It was a happy surprise!

Fattoush Salad

This classic Lebanese salad packed with toasted pita, summer vegetables, and loads of herbs tends to be a hit with everyone, and is filling enough to serve as a meal.

Arugula and Asparagus Ribbon Salad

During asparagus’s short season, serving it raw is a great way to enjoy it. Shaving the spears into thin ribbons and briefly marinating them in a quick vinaigrette turns the asparagus soft and almost creamy.

Crunchy Thai Kale Salad

 

This Thai-inspired recipe makes a perfect healthy dinner for one, but can be easily multiplied for more servings.

Steak and Purple Potato Salad

 

Substitute small new potatoes or quartered golden potatoes for the purple ones, and this hearty salad will be just as good. It’s easily doubled.

Fennel, Celery, and Pomegranate Salad

This palate-cleansing salad balances out rich winter meals. The recipe calls for the vegetables to be thinly sliced, and a mandoline would come in handy here.

Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad

Winter vegetables can often seem heavy, but this root vegetable and apple salad is crisp and refreshing, a great antidote to filling holiday foods.

Cantaloupe, Arugula, and Prosciutto Salad

Melon and paper-thin prosciutto are a perfect pairing, salty and sweet. This well-rounded salad features both, along with peppery arugula and champagne vinaigrette.

Cucumber Salad

Classic, cool, and refreshing cucumber salads are a welcome summer side dish, and a nice counter to grilled meats.

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad

Served warm in winter and fall, or cool or at room temperature in the summer months, this is a people-pleasing salad that will show up on your table all year round.

Springtime Locavore Salad

This salad is spring in a bowl! On its own, it's a perfect dinner for one, and would also serve two to three as a side.

BLT Salad

Forget what you know about kale salads! Tossed in creamy dressing with skillet-roasted cherry tomatoes, his may be the most delicious kale salad you've had - it really is like a (veggie!) BLT in salad form.