Salad Recipes

Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad
Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad - September 25, 2014

A beautiful cauliflower salad from the new Bar Tartine cookbook - a crunchy, hearty mixture of cauliflower, seeds, chiles, radishes, chickpeas, and green onions slathered in an enveloping garlicky yogurt dressing.

Mung Yoga Bowl
Mung Yoga Bowl - March 31, 2014

The kind of bowl that keeps you strong - herb-packed yogurt dolloped over a hearty bowl of mung beans and quinoa, finished with toasted nuts and a simple paprika oil.

Shredded Egg Salad
Shredded Egg Salad - March 4, 2014

Shredded Egg Salad - made by shredding hard-boiled eggs on a box grater. It makes a light, fluffy, bright egg salad, and I must say, a nice alternative to chopped, heavily dressed versions of the classic.

California Barley Bowl
California Barley Bowl - January 9, 2014

I made this Megan Gordon's beautiful California Barley Bowl for a family brunch last week. From her inspiring new cookbook, Whole Grain Mornings.

A Good Winter Salad
A Good Winter Salad - December 1, 2013

A simple salad made with crunchy lettuces, a garlicky, melted lemon butter dressing, and shaved endives, delicata squash, avocados, and pepitas.



 
 
 
 
Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad
Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad - October 9, 2013

A peek at spreads from The Kinfolk Table, the new cookbook from Nathan Williams celebrating small gatherings. From it I made a Roasted Squash, Chile, & Mozzarella Salad tangled with spicy arugula.

Tofu Amaranth Salad
Tofu Amaranth Salad - September 30, 2013

A good number of you were curious about the tofu and amaranth salad pictured next to those chive pancakes I posted a few weeks back. Here's the recipe. Thanks for your patience!

Avocado Salad
Avocado Salad - September 2, 2013

A few snapshots from Mexico City & an avocado salad - thinly sliced avocado arranged over simple lentils, drizzled with oregano oil, toasted hazelnuts, and chives.

Shallot Vinaigrette
Shallot Vinaigrette - August 6, 2013

A bit of very belated Spring cleaning + a shallot vinaigrette made with rosé wine in place of vinegar.

Salad Booster
Salad Booster - June 11, 2013

I often carry a small vial of this spiced kale and nori medley in my purse, refilling it every few days. Nutrient-dense and delicious, you use it as a healthful seasoning for salad, vegetables, stir-fries...

Cilantro Salad
Cilantro Salad - May 7, 2013

Perhaps the best salad I've had in the past year. And, unless you absolutely loathe cilantro, you must try it. Simply cilantro leaves and stems tossed with a simple shallot-forward soy sauce dressing, plus peanuts, and asparagus. So good.

Buttermilk Asparagus Salad
Buttermilk Asparagus Salad - April 11, 2013

Simple side - asparagus tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing, perky radish sprouts, lots of fresh cilantro, and a handful of cooked posole.

An Ideal Lunch Salad
An Ideal Lunch Salad - February 25, 2013

There's all sorts of good stuff in this salad - chickpeas, celery, black olives, pepitas, avocado, blanched broccoli. Full of crunch & substance, it's a salad that can stand up to a few hours in a container without collapsing.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.

Heirloom Apple Salad
Heirloom Apple Salad - December 2, 2012

The sort of winter salad I love - heirloom apples, shaved celery, and toasted nuts of your choosing. The dressing is crème fraîche spiked with rosemary, garlic and champagne vinegar

The Greenest Salad
The Greenest Salad - November 3, 2012

A shredded green salad bulked out with blanched broccoli, avocado, pistachios, a bit of feta, and tossed with a tarragon balsamic vinaigrette & pics from a special visit to Anokhi cafe and HQ in Jaipur.

Na'ama's Fattoush
Na'ama's Fattoush - October 8, 2012

A beautiful fattoush recipe and a preview of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's new book, Jerusalem.

Coconut Corn Salad
Coconut Corn Salad - August 28, 2012

Butter a skillet add corn, fresh thyme, red onions, toasted almonds and coconut, and finish with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice...

Yellow Bean Salad
Yellow Bean Salad - August 19, 2012

A summer yellow bean salad with a green chile-spiked, cilantro-flecked, and coconut milk dressing, toasted pepitas, and (if you want to make a meal of it) pan-fried tofu.

Parmesan Celery Salad
Parmesan Celery Salad - August 7, 2012

A breezy summer-spirited lunch salad made with celery, beans, and Parmesan. And a glance at my attempt at organizing some of my pictures into albums.

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad - July 24, 2012

My favorite tomato salad this year - made with roasted and ripe tomatoes, capers, mozzarella, almonds, and chives.

Kale Market Salad
Kale Market Salad - June 14, 2012

There's a pizza restaurant in my neighborhood that makes amazing salads. This one, for example, had farro, kale, avocado, carrots, fennel and a creamy green garlic dressing.

Sprout Salad
Sprout Salad - May 24, 2012

One of the best salads I've made in a long time (mung bean sprouts, avocado, arugula, yogurt, almonds) & a look at the QUITOKEETO packaging.

Broccolini Salad
Broccolini Salad - April 5, 2012

Big bowl of green - broccolini tossed with big croutons, tons of scallion slices, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and a hit of serrano pepper.

Tortilla Salad
Tortilla Salad - September 13, 2011

A tortilla salad made from all sorts of good stuff - heirloom beans, avocado, watermelon radish, and cauliflower. Electric colors, punchy dressing, fresh and filling.

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad
Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad - August 9, 2011

An off-beat pasta salad made with stuffed pasta, seasonal vegetables, and a spice-forward, golden sesame yogurt sauce.

Summer Corn Salad
Summer Corn Salad - July 28, 2011

A crunchy, sweet no-cook summer corn salad & a few snapshots from the nearby dahlia garden in bloom right now. The salad is a breeze, has a ton of toasted pepitas & sunflower seeds, tossed with a brown sugar lemonade vinaigrette.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad - June 28, 2011

A twist on classic macaroni salad - I toss the pasta with a creamy sauce made from sauteed green onions, then add lots of black pepper, arugula, diced apple, and lemon juice to the bowl.

Shaved Fennel Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad - June 22, 2011

This could very well be my favorite salad recipe from Super Natural Every Day - shaved fennel, arugula, zucchini coins, feta, toasted almonds.

Sea Salt Baked Potatoes
Sea Salt Baked Potatoes - May 19, 2011

I love this baked potato recipe, topped with well-dressed arugula - that, plus a few pics from a road trip to Marfa, Texas.

Cucumber Peanut Salad
Cucumber Peanut Salad - May 3, 2011

We picked two new cookbooks to focus on in the 101 Cookbooks Library, and this recipe is inspired by a recipe from one of them. A refreshing chopped cucumber salad loaded with peanuts, spices, coconut, and chiles.

Raw Tuscan Kale Salad
Raw Tuscan Kale Salad - October 14, 2010

A beautiful, shredded, raw kale salad tossed in a vibrant, lemony-pecorino dressing. From Melissa Clark's new cookbook, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite. The first thing I made after getting back from Rome.

Green Bean Slaw
Green Bean Slaw - September 27, 2010

A nut-studded, slaw-like green bean salad I made for lunch yesterday from a few things I picked up in the nearby shops and stalls here in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome - moscato-soaked raisins, arugula, perorino cheese, croutons. Plus a few travel photos.

Quick Pickled Zucchini
Quick Pickled Zucchini - September 8, 2010

I've been making these coin-shaped zucchini pickles all summer. They're quick to make, great to have on hand, and I don't bother canning them. Delicious on crusty, goat-cheese slathered grilled bread (or just about anything cheesy or crunchy) and simple salads.

Buttermilk Farro Salad
Buttermilk Farro Salad - August 12, 2010

A buttermilk farro salad inspired by one I had at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon - farro with shaved radishes, zucchini, and fennel tossed with a tangy herbed buttermilk vinaigrette.

Black-eyed Peas & Leeks
Black-eyed Peas & Leeks - August 6, 2010

From a recipe in Put A Egg On It magazine, issue #2 - Black-eyed peas with lots of caramelized leeks, melted butter, marjoram, and tarragon.

Honey Balsamic Bean Salad
Honey Balsamic Bean Salad - June 22, 2010

Inspired by a recipe in Miranda Gardiner's Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack - a simple bean salad tossed with lots of toasted almonds, fresh thyme, and an assertive honey-balsamic dressing.

Farro & Herbs
Farro & Herbs - June 6, 2010

Because I can't seem to get enough farro lately- a lunch made from farro, bocconcini, a bit of homemade creme fraiche, and herbs from last weeks farmers' market. And a couple pics from Golden Gate Park.

Carrot Almond Salad
Carrot Almond Salad - April 29, 2010

This particular salad came together on a whim - slender, barely-cooked asparagus and carrots alongside lots of deeply toasted almond slices, tossed with a jalapeno-cilantro drizzle.

Miso Vegetables & Tofu
Miso Vegetables & Tofu - April 19, 2010

A one-dish meal, inspired by a recipe in Harumi Kurihara's Everyday Harumi - asparagus, broccoli, and tofu tossed with a salty-sweet miso dressing.

Saffron Pasta Salad
Saffron Pasta Salad - March 20, 2010

A spring pasta salad made with a vibrant red-wine and saffron vinaigrette, asparagus, and toasted whole wheat orecchiette pasta from Puglia.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad - February 18, 2010

I used my friend Molly Watson's recipe as a jumping off point here, and ended up with a roasted squash salad of sorts. It uses the pretty, scalloped-edged cross-cuts of the delicata squash, a few small potatoes, chopped kale, radishes, Marcona almonds - and a bold miso harissa dressing.

Autumn Potato Salad
Autumn Potato Salad - November 6, 2009

A simple roasted potato salad incorporating a couple other seasonal root vegetables like parsnips and carrots. I served it on a bed of wild rice with a simple mustard vinaigrette.

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad - October 20, 2009

Inspired by a recipe in The Complete Tassajara Cookbook, a warm winter salad made from sauteed shredded red cabbage. Feta, balsamic vinegar, and golden raisins make it sweet and salty, rich with color, texture and flavor.

Pineapple Rice
Pineapple Rice - September 15, 2009

A nice platter of greens and brown rice doused in a spicy-salty-sweet pineapple dressing flecked with seitan. It's good hot or at room temperature.

Summer Green Bean Salad
Summer Green Bean Salad - August 17, 2009

The perfect summer salad inspired by a memorable meal at Contigo - green beans, cherry tomatoes, roasted hazelnuts, and a bit of frisee tossed with a creamy herb vinegreta.

Arugula Pesto Wheat Berries
Arugula Pesto Wheat Berries - August 3, 2009

A peppery arugula pesto tossed with a bowl of plump, chewy wheat berries. The bite of the arugula is tamed by the creaminess of the pine nuts in the pesto, and the saltiness of the grated Parmesan and chopped Kalamata olive offsets the wheat berries nicely.

Carrot, Dill & White Bean Salad
Carrot, Dill & White Bean Salad - July 15, 2009

Warm, coin-shaped slices of pan-fried carrots, white alubia beans, and chopped dill tossed with a tangy-sweet lemon shallot dressing. It tastes good the day you make it, even better the day after.

Giant Black Bean Salad
Giant Black Bean Salad - June 7, 2009

A twist on the ubiquitous black bean salad - giant black beans and toasted almonds are tossed with a honey-jalapeno-lime dressing and served with a bit of crumbled feta over a bed of baby arugula.

Orzo Super Salad
Orzo Super Salad - June 3, 2009

And orzo salad packed with nutritious ingredients - asparagus, almonds, feta, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, and a zesty lemon dressing.

Asparagus Salad
Asparagus Salad - May 24, 2009

Inspired by the new farmers market up the street from my house, I made this sauteed asparagus and broccolini salad. Finished with slivered radishes, a chunky lemon-pinenut dressing, and a bit of shaved Parmesan it works alongside pasta, topped with poached eggs, or, on its own.

Fresh Pea Salad
Fresh Pea Salad - April 22, 2009

A pea salad jazzed up with spicy mint-date dressing and tossed with shredded romaine and toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch and texture. A tasty, off-beat, almost burner-free recipe.

Whiskey & Wheat Berry Salad
Whiskey & Wheat Berry Salad - April 12, 2009

A wheat berry salad recipe inspired by a crostini I tasted in Denver, Colorado made by chef Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja. It features whiskey-soaked golden raisins, adobo-kissed goat cheese, herbs, and toasted pine nuts are tossed with a bit of lettuce.

Walnut Miso Noodles
Walnut Miso Noodles - April 1, 2009

A hearty noodle bowl recipe - whole wheat noodles, plenty of sliced asparagus and other seasonal produce are tossed with a creamy, walnut-miso dressing.

Pan-fried Chickpea Salad
Pan-fried Chickpea Salad - March 11, 2009

A salad made by pan-frying chickpeas with leeks and a bit of garlic. The creamy dressing is made with plain yogurt and curry powder, and the salad is finished off with plenty of chopped cilantro and chopped red onion.

Brussels Sprout Salad
Brussels Sprout Salad - February 14, 2009

A shredded brussels sprout salad recipe, slaw-like in spirit, accompanied by lots of toasted hazelnuts, and shard after shard of aged cheese. The sprouts are tossed with a few glugs of olive oil and a big squeeze of fresh, fragrant lemon juice.

Wild Seaweed Salad
Wild Seaweed Salad - December 28, 2008

Toasted wild nori alongside cilantro, tofu, and plenty of wild rice. The dressing for this salad isn't shy - assertive notes of sesame, ginger, cayenne pepper and soy sauce work their way into the wild rice and tofu. Lots of flavor.

Bulgur, Celery and Pomegranate Salad
Bulgur, Celery and Pomegranate Salad - December 23, 2008

This lovely, jeweled pomegranate salad recipe is from Samuel and Samantha Clark's book Moro East - toasted walnuts, celery, mint, parsley, and garlic. An easy, delicious, and a pretty addition to any table.

Ginger Jeweled Salad
Ginger Jeweled Salad - December 3, 2008

A jewel-inspired holiday salad recipe - mixed leafy salad greens, wild rice, toasted hazelnuts, dried figs and pluots, tossed with a simple ginger juice vinaigrette that I spiked with just a hint of jalapeno.

Pepita Salad
Pepita Salad - October 20, 2008

A great pepita salad that can brighten up any table. Made from a simple combination of yellow split peas, toasted pepitas, and cilantro pesto.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Roasted Pumpkin Salad - October 14, 2008

A roasted pumpkin salad made with wild rice, tiny, caramelized red onions drizzled with a simple, honey-kissed, creamy sunflower seed dressing. A colorful harvest salad perfect for Fall festivities.

Broccoli Crunch
Broccoli Crunch - October 5, 2008

A great broccoli recipe, one of my favorites! Tiny green florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.

Chopped Miso Salad
Chopped Miso Salad - September 10, 2008

A favorite chopped salad recipe - fresh and crunchy with toasted, plenty of pan-fried shallots, chives, cabbage, red onions, and tossed with a simple miso dressing.

Cilantro Noodle Bowl
Cilantro Noodle Bowl - August 24, 2008

This zesty, cilantro-centric soba noodle bowl features a hefty dose of the green stuff, pan-toasted tofu, and plenty of vegetables.

Lime & Peanut Coleslaw
Lime & Peanut Coleslaw - July 2, 2008

This feather-light, mayo-free, coleslaw recipe uses toasted peanuts, cherry tomatoes, and lime vinaigrette and is perfect alongside fajitas, or whatever you have coming off the grill. Keep in mind - great coleslaw is rooted in great knife skills.

Spring Panzanella
Spring Panzanella - June 12, 2008

A spring twist on a panzanella recipe. This panzanella features asparagus, spinach, and peas with hearty, garlic and time toasted bread cubes.

Heather's Farro
Heather's Farro - May 22, 2008

A farro recipe I did for my sister's baby shower. Farro, a citrus dressing, roasted spring onions, yellow split peas, fresh peas, a bit of mixed salad greens, and a touch of goat cheese and chives.

A Simple Spring Salad
A Simple Spring Salad - April 28, 2008

Spring Ragout
Spring Ragout - April 24, 2008

This spring ragout recipe delivers a stunning pan of fava beans, green peas, and asparagus finished off with a tiny touch of cream, lemon zest, and grated cheese.

Spring Tabbouleh
Spring Tabbouleh - April 14, 2008

A springtime twist on a traditional tabbouleh recipe featuring peas, asparagus, chives and farm-fresh hard-boiled eggs.

Sunburst Carrot Salad
Sunburst Carrot Salad - April 3, 2008

A favorite carrot salad recipe - carrot ribbons sauteed in a bit of salt and olive oil and finished off with lemon zest, finely chopped serrano chiles, a quick squeeze of lemon juice, and lots of cilantro.

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad
Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad - March 30, 2008

A peanut noodle salad recipe featuring soba noodles punctuated with spring onions, tofu, peanuts, and asparagus. Serve it up family-style on a platter at a potluck, party, or buffet - it holds up perfectly at room temp.

Spring Wild Rice Salad
Spring Wild Rice Salad - March 24, 2008

A spring-inspired wild rice salad - vibrant asparagus, yellow split peas, and wild rice tossed in an almond butter dressing and finished off with a bit of goat cheese and chives.

Video: Citrus Parmesan Farro Salad
Video: Citrus Parmesan Farro Salad - March 20, 2008

This is the farro salad I took to Jack's first birthday party. My favorite citrus Parmesan vinaigrette dressed a bowl of healthy salad greens, plump farro grains, crumbled goat cheese and almonds.

Curried Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad - February 4, 2008

A variation on my favorite egg salad recipe, this version uses plain yogurt in place of mayo and incorporates curry powder, chopped apples, toasted pecans, and minced chives.

Vegan Caesar Salad
Vegan Caesar Salad - January 9, 2008

Vegan Caesar salad recipe from best-selling authors Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero - no eggs, no dairy. Delicious, creamy lemon-caper dressing and garlic croutons.

Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad
Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad - November 25, 2007

Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, sauteed ribbons of chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest. You can prepare most of the components ahead of time.

Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash
Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash - October 16, 2007

A wonderful farro and roasted butternut squash recipe. Balsamic roasted butternut squash, deeply toasted walnuts, and nutty farro come together in this delicious recipe.

Red Rice Salad
Red Rice Salad - September 19, 2007

Indonesian red rice salad with boiled eggs and macadamias. Riveting to look at, with a wonderfully complex array of flavors and textures to enjoy.

White Bean Salad
White Bean Salad - June 8, 2007

A tasty white bean salad topped with toasted walnuts, crumbled cheese, and a hint of citrus. Makes a good side dish, a satisfying lunch, or light dinner.

Moroccan Baby Carrot Salad
Moroccan Baby Carrot Salad - May 25, 2007

Carrots tossed in a honey-kissed orange dressing, punctuated by toasted pine nuts, black olives and a hint of cumin.

Ravioli Pasta Salad
Ravioli Pasta Salad - March 19, 2007

Trying to improve on typical pasta salads, this ravioli salad recipe features ricotta-stuffed raviolis, asparagus, peas, spinach, and toasted pine nuts.

Maranui Surf Club Salad
Maranui Surf Club Salad - March 3, 2007

Inspired by a visit to the Maranui Surf Club in Wellington, New Zealand. This chickpea salad recipe combines a big bowl of roasted winter squash, garbanzo beans, cilantro, and red onions with a quick coconut curry dressing.

Lemon-scented Quinoa Salad
Lemon-scented Quinoa Salad - September 8, 2006

An impromptu quinoa salad recipe made by tossing a quick tahini dressing with chickpeas, red onion, and cilantro.

Edamame Salad with Shiso + Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Edamame Salad with Shiso + Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette - March 2, 2006

Makes a fantastic lunch, and it comes together quick and easy. For those of you unfamiliar with shiso, it is a fierce looking herb with spiky leaves, and wonderful edgy green nose.

Spring Roll Salad
Spring Roll Salad - September 14, 2005

Imagine a spring roll without the wrapper and you've got this Myra Kornfeld salad. A familiar chorus of flavors - sweet, sour, tangy, hot, and nutty all projected onto a mound of serpentine rice noodles and crispy mushrooms.

Butter Lettuce Sunshine Salad
Butter Lettuce Sunshine Salad - March 19, 2005

A lovely salad recipe utilizing a vibrant citrus and Parmesan vinaigrette. I did a demo of this salad at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market.

Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Spicy Greens
Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Spicy Greens - January 7, 2005

A beautiful beet salad, it can be done without the greens, or with just a bit of greens as a side dish. The vinaigrette is delicious, and the salad looks stunning as part of a larger spread. It would make a great addition to any winter buffet.

Otsu
Otsu - July 19, 2004

Soba noodles are tossed with a fiery ginger-sesame dressing and a generous dose of cucumbers, scallions, and pan-seared tofu - it's the sort of recipe you could serve anytime...