Couscous, small round pieces of pasta made from a mixture of semolina flour and water, makes the perfect base for a cold salad. If you’re looking for something other than a sandwich to pack for lunch, this is a great option. This recipe calls for red bell peppers, zucchini, feta cheese, and a lemon vinaigrette, but you could easily adapt this concept based on the ingredients you have on hand or your personal taste preference.
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A fine chiffonade of romaine lettuce forms the foundation for this light and refreshing spring salad that is often served for Greek Easter celebrations. While Chef Jim Botsacos of Molyvos Restaurant in New York City adds some baby arugula to the lettuce for added flavor and texture in this recipe, he has also used chunks of endive. — Allison Beck
Tender new potato potatoes are first boiled and then roasted to achieve a crispy skin while the inside stays delicate. You’ll love smashing the potatoes with the flat side of a knife almost as much as you’ll love devouring this zesty, herbal potato salad.
Often paired with relishes like ones made with olives or capers, it’s obvious that swordfish goes perfectly with salt, and Palmer is not shy about this. For his holiday swordfish, he sautés pancetta-wrapped swordfish and pairs it with fennel purée and a fennel, endive, and grapefruit salad for a salty-sweet flavor combination.
Crab and avocado make for a wonderful topping, filled with sweet meat and creamy fruit. The mango adds another unexpected element in this light and delightful salad.This recipe is courtesy of National Mango Board and Ayesha Curry.
The first time I stumbled upon watermelon radishes was at the Berkeley Farmers Market, more than two years ago. I was searching for parsnips and thought this was it! The cheery crew at Happy Boy Farms warned me that it was a spicy radish. I had never seen a radish so... large. She took a knife out from her back pocket and cut it open.I was in awe. The vibrant color completely had me. I fell in love with the somewhat tie-dyed design made of the brightest pink I had ever seen. Yes, I was buying purely on beauty. I took a paper bag and filled it with different sizes and shapes. I had no idea what to expect when I got home.Tenderly, I took one of the radishes out of the crumpled bag, scrubbed the just-picked dirt off, and took a big bite. The spicy juices started to run down the corner of my mouth, and I was hooked. It was like my first kiss; wet, unknown, and a little bit spicy. I continued to slice a couple more, then I laid them on a plate and buttered a piece of still warm baguette. I put a couple vibrant slices onto the creamy butter and sprinkled Maldon salt over the top. It was perfect.Since that first "kiss" some two years ago, watermelon radishes grace our table very often as an afternoon snack or mixed with tender greens for a dinner salad. Now that we are working from home, full-time, I am on the lookout for simple but delicious lunches. This salad is one of our favorites. It is full of sweet fennel and spicy watermelon radishes with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh squeezed Meyer lemons. It screams spring time, doesn’t it?