Biwaz (Parsley and Onion Salad)
League of Kitchens instructor Jeanette Chawki prepares this refreshing salad as the perfect partner to grilled meats. Sumac adds tangy, floral flavor to this simple and refreshing herb and onion salad. Try it layered with Jeanette's creamy Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip) and Lahem Meshwy (Lamb Shish Kebabs) on thin Lebanese pita.
Charred Broccolini Caesar with Kale and Chickpeas
Smoky, charred Broccolini and chickpeas give this take on Caesar salad the heft it needs to be a main course. Texture is the secret to a salad’s wow factor. Here, Little Gem lettuces, hearty kale, and crisp-tender Broccolini bring three levels of crunch, and provide plenty of leafy nooks and crannies to catch the thick, anchovy-laced dressing.
Stone Fruit Salad with Collard-Peanut Pesto
"Nowadays, when I serve plums and nectarines, like in my Stone Fruit Salad with Collard-Peanut Pesto, I'm transported to parties where we dapped, hugged, boogied, and kissed under the moonlight," says writer Nicole Taylor, of her Juneteenth celebrations. In this savory fruit salad, roasted peanuts, collard greens, and Parmesan yield a hearty pesto that's the perfect partner for honey-dressed wedges of plums and nectarines. Fonio, a West African grain similar in texture to couscous, soaks up the the pesto, flavoring each bite of this salad.
Nam Khao Tod (Crispy Rice Salad)
In this Night + Market dish by Kris Yenbamroong, spicy fresh ginger brings brightness and a pleasant crunch to this salad. Cooked and cooled rice is seasoned with curry paste and dusted with a generous coating of rice flour then fried until über-crunchy. For the crispiest result, chill the rice for at least 1 day before assembling.
Prosperity Toss Salad
Tossed with a sweet-tart and salty dressing made from umeboshi, or pickled Japanese plums, each ingredient in Danielle Chang’s version of this colorful composed salad has an auspicious meaning used to commemorate the Lunar New Year. Piles of cucumbers, taro root, and carrots are cut into noodle-like ribbons to represent longevity. Radishes, pomelos, and green vegetables like cucumbers are symbols of good fortune. Chang serves it as an appetizer to raise good luck, encouraging guests to use their chopsticks and mix and toss the ingredients together. According to superstition, the higher they toss the salad, the better their luck will be in the new year.