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How to Make Better Salads Without a Recipe

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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. 


A New Potato Salad

A Take on Chicken Salad


A Better Leafy Green Salad

A Great Big Pasta Salad

A Mightier Kale Salad


A Better Quinoa Salad

An Exciting Grain-based Salad

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

Tags: Salad, Not Recipes, Grains, Greens