When I'm in the mood for something bright and fresh, nothing but a salad will do—whether that means tossing all the random bits of veg and beans lying around my fridge into a big bowl or taking a bit of extra time to roast up some squash and toss it with tahini and chickpeas.
I don't know about you, but with a whole lot of comfort food on the menu these past couple of months, I've newly been in a "bright, fresh" kind of mood a lot lately—so I rounded up a bunch of Food52's finest and freshest. Here are 21 of our all-time best salad recipes, from a cooling watermelon–tomato salad to the most epic Cobb salad ever.
This bright citrusy salad with marinated tofu, soba noodles, and so many veggies is the type of dish you could eat seven days in a row and never get bored of.
Inspired by Zuni Café's family meal, this unfussy grilled chicken salad shines thanks to its garlicky aioli dressing and a pop of lemon juice and zest.
This powerhouse chopped salad from Chef Nancy Silverton is one we keep coming back to over and over and over again. Make it at home to find out why.
Grilled cheese croutons? Say no more.
Ripe summer ingredients, like crunchy-sweet corn, don't need much fanfare—just a few spoonfuls of nutty brown butter.
This marinated lentil salad gladly invites your favorite swaps and riffs—mix up the cheeses, herbs, nuts, it's totally up to you.
"For even more savory depth and a little lip-smacking nuttiness," our Table for One columnist Eric Kim writes, "I've added one of my favorite Korean pantry items of all time: roasted seaweed snack, or gim."
We'd be remiss not to include the recipe contest winner for "Your Greatest Salad of All Time," a zingy vegetable panzanella.
The trick to this salad's creamy-lush dressing (no whisking required): breaking up the yolks in the over-easy eggs as you toss the salad.
Hot summer days call for this chilled noodle salad topped with pan-seared mushrooms and a zippy sesame dressing.
Canned chickpeas transform into tiny orbs of toasty goodness with a little help from the oven, za'atar, and a splash of lemon juice in this flavor-filled salad.
Another roasted wonder, this time with fall-ready squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a spicy lime vinaigrette that takes the whole thing up a few notches.
Consider this the ultimate peak-summer salad.
This epic Cobb salad for one can easily become an epic Cobb salad for two, or three, or—you get the idea—by batching up the ingredients.
"This was a big hit at our table last night" is just one of many glowing reviews of this Vietnamese rice noodle salad. We're guessing the punchy fish sauce vinaigrette and crunchy mix-ins are jut a few of the reasons this dish is oh-so popular.
This white bean and tuna salad is both elegant and rustic all at once, not to mention, incredibly tasty.
Cheese and Brussels sprouts make an unbeatable duo in this "really good" warm salad that'd be perfect as a side dish.
Few salads say "summer" better than this bright-red watermelon and goat cheese number.
Meet the strawberry and quinoa salad that converted a notorious "salad hater."
This Indian-inspired salad is refreshing, easy to make, and just as delicious the next day, making it an excellent candidate for spring and summer meal prep.
If you've never made potato salad with vinaigrette (instead of mayo), let this recipe inspire you to give it a try—it's a revelation.
"Delicious" is a word that pops up frequently in the comments section of this riffable, winter-ready salad.