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With these tips for riffing on classic dishes (Mom's chicken salad, anyone?), you can make a delicious meal that doesn't require any recipe, so you're ready to improvise at the table any time—with whatever you bought too much of at the farmers marekt. With a few simple bases to choose from, simply decide on the add-ins, whip up some dressing, and enjoy your creation, sans recipe.
Of course, no salad is complete without dressing. Make your own vinaigrette to go along with your new concoctions.
Do you have a favorite salad method that doesn't use a recipe? Tell us in the comments!
Seventh photo by Bobbi Lin, all other photos by James Ransom