Tired of your #saddesklunch? Mix up some next-level greens with these not-basic salad recipes. We've rounded up our favorite fun and fancy salads to make weekday lunch a little brighter.
If you're a fan of straight veggie salads, try collard greens with potatoes or a three-beat salad with an orange vinaigrette. Asian salads also offer a chance to mix things up, whether that's a cilantro-peanut mix or a cold soba salad.
Upgrading your proteins also makes for better salads: toss some sardines or chicken in with the produce for some more bite. From eggplant to pickled greens, here are our best salad recipes to upgrade your work lunch game.
"We would go octopus fishing when I was a kid," says chef Ash Heeger, who grew up in Transkei, a rural area in eastern South Africa. When making octopus for a crowd, she tosses grilled pieces with greens, loads of fennel fronds, and pickled lemons whose rinds are tender enough to eat and add citrusy punch. Get the recipe for Octopus Salad with Pickled Lemons »
Due to its long, cold winters and hot, dry summers, Xinjiang is not renowned for its vegetable dishes, but fast-growing produce like spinach and cilantro often make it to the table during the brief respites between seasons. This refreshing salad is a perfect to accompaniment to fatty grilled meats. Use the most delicate cilantro you can find, so the stems can be eaten along with the leaves. Get the recipe for Cilantro and Peanut Salad (Huāshēngmĭ bàn xiāngcài) »