Whether you're looking to make a meal from just-picked greens or you want to create a perfect side for grilled meats, summer is prime salad season. For June's #HOWISUMMER issue, we asked chefs for their favorite go-to, throw-it-together staples. Here, their easy, delicious and—with the exception of Curtis Stone’s fantastic grilled salad—no-cook recipes that can be assembled in just a few minutes.
Michael Symon of Cleveland's Lola and co-host of The Chew likes a super-simple Mediterranean-style salad with tomatoes and dill from his garden, plus feta cheese, red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
For Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, it's all about a chopped salad: corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, basil and mozzarella or ricotta salata, with lots of olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
Camille Becerra of Navy in New York City mixes heirloom tomatoes and strawberries with shallot-sherry vinaigrette for a colorful, super fresh-tasting salad.