9 Satisfying Salads for Dinner Tonight—Even If You Just Have 5 Minutes

When I say I work at Food52, 10/10 people ask me: “What’s your go-to meal?” But I don’t have a recipe I turn to time and time again. Instead, I find comfort in a whole category of dishes: salads.

No matter my mood or the state of my fridge, I can always find a way to make a salad. From refreshing, crunchy slaws to satisfying grain bowls with crispy roasted toppers, I experiment with textures and tastes. Sometimes, it’s a dish that involves ten different steps of roasting and boiling and grinding. On long, tiring days, I need speed and enlist the help of canned beans and a squeeze of lemon.

Sure, I don’t have an exact recipe I can mindlessly turn to, but that’s because salads are down for improv. To show just how versatile they can be, I’ve gathered nine I can throw together in 5, 15, or 30 minutes.


If You Have 5 Minutes, Then You Can Make…

Black Bean with Mango and Chile Powder Salad Black Bean with Mango and Chile Powder Salad
by Daniel Shumski

Sweet ripe mango gets welcome heat from a dash of chile powder—and heft from satisfying black beans.

Quick Balsamic Chickpea SaladQuick Balsamic Chickpea Salad
by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Peppers, cucumbers, and chickpeas combine with creamy ricotta and quality balsamic vinegar to form a speedy, tasty bowl. Add leftover rotisserie chicken or an egg for extra oomph.

Back-Pocket Canned SaladBack-Pocket Canned Salad
by Food52

All you really need for this meal is a can opener and a generous squeeze of lemon.


If You Have 15 Minutes, Then You Can Make…

Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta  Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta
by Sarah Fioritto

The orzo only needs 10 minutes to boil, and (if you’re like me) it’s a great dish to clean out that jar of olives taking up fridge space.

Warm Garam Masala Chicken Salad with Naan CroutonsWarm Garam Masala Chicken Salad with Naan Croutons
by EmilyC

Leftover chicken stars in this Indian-inspired salad. A quick pay-fry infuses the warm flavors of garam masala with toasty naan and chickpeas.

Spring Radishes Salad in a Sour Cream and Yogurt SauceSpring Radishes Salad in a Sour Cream and Yogurt Sauce
by Kukla

Not all salads need lettuce. This crunchy, creamy combo welcomes spring produce like fresh dill, scallions, and radish tops.


If You Have 30 Minutes, Then You Can Make…

Inside-Out Chinese Egg Roll SaladInside-Out Chinese Egg Roll Salad
by EmilyC

Instead of ordering delivery, this gem from EmilyC freshens up the classic egg roll. (Don’t worry, she still keeps the crispy wrappers.)

Avocado Toast SaladAvocado Toast Salad
by Emma Laperruque

A brunch-time favorite gets the panzanella treatment with lemony, olive oily Greek yogurt dressing.

Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso DressingRoasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing
by Samantha Weiss Hills

Only roast part of this broccoli salad for the addictive bite of contrasting textures.


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9 Satisfying Salads for Dinner Tonight—Even If You Just Have 5 Minutes