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.
Sweet ripe mango gets welcome heat from a dash of chile powder—and heft from satisfying black beans.
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.
All you really need for this meal is a can opener and a generous squeeze of lemon.
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.
Leftover chicken stars in this Indian-inspired salad. A quick pay-fry infuses the warm flavors of garam masala with toasty naan and chickpeas.
Not all salads need lettuce. This crunchy, creamy combo welcomes spring produce like fresh dill, scallions, and radish tops.
Instead of ordering delivery, this gem from EmilyC freshens up the classic egg roll. (Don’t worry, she still keeps the crispy wrappers.)
A brunch-time favorite gets the panzanella treatment with lemony, olive oily Greek yogurt dressing.
Only roast part of this broccoli salad for the addictive bite of contrasting textures.
What’s your best 5-minute salad? Share ideas and inspiration in the comments below!
Source: FS – All – Food – News
9 Satisfying Salads for Dinner Tonight—Even If You Just Have 5 Minutes