These salads are quick and easy, require minimal or no cooking, and are the perfect way to enjoy all the produce that's in season now.
By including a variety of ingredients, salads are often a nutritional powerhouse: This recipe provides lots of antioxidants
from the grapes, healthy fats and vitamin E from the sunflower seeds and grapeseed oil, and folate and vitamin A from the
arugula. A sweet mustard vinaigrette dressing matches both the peppery bitterness of the greens and the sweet juiciness of
the grapes. Try this salad topped with salmon or tuna for a healthful dinner.
View Recipe: Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad
With fresh green beans, hearty garbanzos, and a smoky-creamy dressing, this Spanish tapas-style dish is unlike any other tuna
salad you've tried. But it still takes less than 10 minutes to make and contains fewer than 400 calories per serving. High-quality
tuna is a must; check European or Mediterranean markets for imported oil-packed tuna.
View Recipe: Tuna-Garbanzo Salad
This dish shows off fresh summer produce in the best way possible: with a dressing made from more fresh summer produce. Check
your local farmer's market for heirloom varieties of wax beans, which are both beautiful and tasty, and come in many colors beyond green. Shredded basil and tangy feta complement the bright
tomato vinaigrette and complete this salad, whose simplicity might be its best asset.
View Recipe: Green and Yellow Bean Salad with Chunky Tomato Dressing and Feta Cheese
Melon and prosciutto are a classic pairing; Parmigiano-Reggiano (don't skimp―use the real stuff) pumps up their flavor with
its deep savoriness. Make this salad the centerpiece of an antipasto meal by serving with bruschetta and an assortment of olives, cheeses, and slices of salami or ham.
View Recipe: Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano
This light and fresh pasta salad, with its easy sweet-sour-spicy dressing, is wonderfully versatile. Serve as a side to just
about any pork, beef, or salmon dish, or mix in canned tuna, leftover chicken, or chopped hard-boiled egg for a simple and
healthful brown-bag lunch at work or school.
View Recipe: Asian Green Bean Salad
An Asian-flavored vinaigrette with an orange juice kicker is the secret to this simple salad, while ginger and cumin give
the shrimp skewers nice spice. Since the shrimp only cooks for three minutes, this recipe gives you a good chance to try a
grilled dessert after dinner.
View Recipe: Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp
One of our favorite things about summer is the effortless splendor of heirloom tomato salads. Ripe, peak-season specimens
need almost no adornment, so skip the granita if you're in a rush. But if you have a few hours to let it freeze, it will make
this dish spectacular.
View Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Tomato Granita
With plenty of chicken, creamy avocado, bacon, and blue cheese, this is the classic entrée salad. Bottled Italian dressing
cuts down on time (the whole recipe, including cooking the chicken, takes less than 15 minutes). But if you like, you can
whip a quick low-fat vinaigrette for that homemade touch.
View Recipe: Chicken Cobb Salad
With a dressing of almond oil and a white wine reduction, plus a topping of tangy goat cheese, this recipe brings some added
elegance to the everyday fruit salad. It makes a nice light lunch or dinner starter on its own, but you can top with sliced
chicken breast to make it more substantial. Either way, serve with chilled glasses of the wine you used in the dressing.
View Recipe: Stone Fruit Salad with Toasted Almonds
English peas and mint are a classic combination, given extra depth of flavor here with the addition of savory pecorino and
bitter arugula. Fresh lemon juice (always better than bottled) in the dressing brightens all the flavors. Crumbled feta or
goat cheese make excellent substitutes for pecorino, and if you can't find fresh English peas, try green beans or sugar snap
peas, or use frozen.
View Recipe: Fresh English Pea Salad with Mint and Pecorino
With a full pound of crabmeat, this is a luxurious dish that captures the fresh flavors of summer. It's a great way to highlight
heirloom tomatoes from your local farmer's market or, even better, your own garden. A cold soup like vichyssoise or cucumber soup (or gazpacho, if you're a real tomato lover) makes a perfect pairing.
View Recipe: Crab, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing
Opposites attract in this dish: hot steak sits atop cold salad, and tender meat contrasts with crunchy vegetables. The basic
salad with red wine-lemon vinaigrette is easy and works great, but you can customize the salad with your favorite vegetables
(or fruits) and dressing. Just about anything will match the steak.
View Recipe: Grilled Sirloin Salad
Main-dish salads with just greens can feel insubstantial at times, so this dish adds a base of orzo to fresh arugula, tomatoes,
bell pepper, onion, and basil. Tangy goat cheese gives a luscious creaminess to each bite, and chopped chicken makes for a
filling meal. Leave out the chicken and double the other ingredients for a picnic pasta salad that'll drive guests wild.
View Recipe: Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
This simple no-cook salad is one of the best ways to highlight heirloom tomatoes, with its counterpoint of pungent raw onion and a light Dijon vinaigrette. You can also make this salad the spotlight of
a great BLT (use the dressing in place of mayo), or add sliced mozzarella cheese for a Creole Caprese Salad.
View Recipe: Creole Tomato Salad
Blanching some of the vegetables before grilling ensures they'll be cooked to perfection, but adds only three minutes to the
cooking time. You can also grill the veggies ahead of time and assemble this salad in seconds. The fantastic dressing is sure
to become a staple, too; you can put it on anything.
View Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
The salty and sweet flavor combination in this salad cannot be beat. A drizzle of tangy balsamic proves to be the perfect
View Recipe: Melon and Fig Salad with Prosciutto and Balsamic Drizzle
Grilling the vegetables brings unexpected smokiness to a familiar picnic staple.
View Recipe: Lemony Grilled Potato Salad
This mayonnaise-based pasta salad veers from the traditional with salty Italian ham, nutty asparagus, and a generous grinding
View Recipe: Black Pepper Pasta Salad with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Romano
Creamy and tangy, this simple side comes together in a flash. Don't make the salad ahead--the cucumbers will release too much
View Recipe: Herby Cucumber Salad
"When I was growing up in Mexico City, my parents would throw wonderful summer barbecues," says Chef Medina (Toloache, Yerba
Buena, Coppelia, New York City). "We would grill corn on the cob and mix in leftover beans from the weekend and make a delicious,
simple corn and bean salad." This Latin-accented three-bean and corn salad is studded with guacamole components: jalapeño,
cilantro, white onion, lime, and avocado.
View Recipe: Pinto, Black, and Red Bean Salad with Grilled Corn and Avocado
Grilling lettuce gives it a hint of smokiness and lends the leaves crisp-tender contrast. Toasted garlic bread stands in for
View Recipe: Grilled Caesar Salad
This is a simplified version of the splendid Indonesian salad called gado gado, which along with satay is practically a national
dish, often served with crunchy shrimp crackers. It uses shortcut ingredients in the sauce—peanut butter, curry paste—to speed
things along. For a spicier dressing, stir in sambal oelek or Sriracha.
View Recipe: Indonesian Vegetable Salad with Peanut Dressing
To make this a full whole-grain salad, avoid pearled farro, which has been partially processed. Yes, it takes a little longer,
but to save time, hunt down some precooked whole-grain farro. It's found on the rice aisle. The recipe, however, begins with
uncooked grain, which needs an hour in the pot and a little time to cool. We recently tasted—and loved—Wild Planet's wild
albacore tuna, jarred in olive oil, which is firm, meaty, rich, and moist. We also love that it's sustainable, 100% pole and
troll caught. Visit wildplanetfoods.com to purchase online or locate retailers.
View Recipe: Farro, Green Bean, and Fennel Salad with Tuna
Sweet, briny shrimp are lovely here—seared scallops would be, too. For a beautiful garnish, purchase edible flowers, separate
the petals, and scatter them on top. Grilled whole-wheat pita makes wonderfully thin croutons; we like whole-wheat, but you
can use white pita, too.
View Recipe: Spinach-Pea Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Look for caper berries near the olives in the supermarket; they should be next to the capers, but they're much bigger and
have a stem. In a pinch, substitute about a tablespoon of chopped capers. Japanese eggplants have thinner skins than typical
globe eggplants, so you can leave the peel on. The light purple color is pretty, too.
View Recipe: Grilled Caponata Salad with Grilled Flatbreads
Use the bottom part of ciabatta for this salad. The crusty, flat surface is easier to grill and provides more crunch. Don't
skip the delicious pickled vegetable topping—it's earthy, crunchy, sweet-sour, and welcome in every bite.
View Recipe: Grilled Steak Panzanella with Pickled Vegetables
Heirloom tomatoes serve as the base for this vibrant and delicious vegetable salad.
View Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad
Briny feta cheese and tangy lime juice make great partners for sweet watermelon.
View Recipe: Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
Ready in just 10 minutes, this simple side salad is the perfect addition to a variety of meat-based main dishes.
View Recipe: Cucumber Salad
Prepare the salad up to 1 day ahead, and store in the refrigerator. If you can't find fresh cranberry beans, substitute rinsed
and drained canned cannellini beans, and add them to the snap beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking.
View Recipe: Italian Three-Bean Salad