11 Slaw and Salad Recipes All About Crunch

The perfect side dishes for your next grill session

If you're looking for a way to balance out all the meaty (or not meaty) things you're grilling, we've got a few ideas, especially if you're looking for a side with a little extra crunch. Try vegetables like cabbage, carrots and apples, or radishes with goat cheese. And you don't have to cut out the meat in these sides; try adding some chicken to one of your salads. Enjoy these excellent and crunchy sides at your next barbecue.

Charred Cabbage Slaw
Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe for Charred Cabbage Slaw »Drew Anthony Smith
Green Cabbage Salad with Hazelnuts
Green Cabbage Salad with Charred Cabbage Vinaigrette and Hazelnuts
This crunchy salad combines the juice from grilled cabbage with vinegar and browned butter and tosses the resulting vinaigrette with raw cabbage and hazelnuts for an all-season slaw. Get the recipe for Green Cabbage Salad with Hazelnuts »Justin Walker
Apple, Celery Root, and Carrot Salad
Apple, Celeriac, and Carrot Salad
This simple salad is lighter and more modern compared to traditionally heavy Norman dishes. It pairs crisp celery root—a vegetable grown in abundance in the region—with raw apples. Get the recipe for Apple, Celery Root, and Carrot Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross
Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese
Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese
In this simple Japan-meets-California salad, radishes are tossed with cilantro and a fragrant rice vinegar and soy sauce vinaigrette before topped with goat cheese. Get the recipe for Radish and Cilantro Salad with Goat Cheese »Matt Taylor-Gross
Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad
Shredded Chicken Salad
Leftover chicken layered with shredded cabbage, pungent fish sauce, spicy chiles, and fresh mint makes a bright and simple salad great for a quick lunch or weeknight meal. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad »Laura Sant
Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Pomegranate seeds add a pop of tart juice to each bite of this buttery sautéed corn salad with crunchy cucumbers and a toasty sesame oil vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds »Farideh Sadeghin
Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad
Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad
Matchstick ribbons of zucchini and carrot mingle with grassy, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts in this salad inspired by the flavors of Thailand. A pungent, savory, tart dressing brings the dish together. Get the recipe for Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cucumber Pepper Slaw
Cucumber Pepper Slaw
Sliced cucumber is tenderized with kosher salt in this zesty slaw. Get the recipe for Cucumber Pepper Slaw »James Oseland
Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad
Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad
Aleppo pepper (a tangy Middle Eastern spice), raisins, and raw cauliflower marry in this simple yet unusual salad. Get the recipe for Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad »Joseph De Leo
Spicy Haitian Cabbage Slaw
Pikliz sauce
The key to great pikliz, a spicy slaw made with cabbage and other vegetables, is time. The longer the sturdy, crunchy vegetables soak up the vinegar and citrus, the better. Get the recipe for Spicy Haitian Cabbage Slaw »Matt Taylor-Gross
Hawaiian-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad
Hawaiian Cabbage Salad
Cabbage salads featuring dried noodles are a staple of Hawaiian home cooking, adding crunch, texture, and sweetness to this terrifically versatile slaw. Get the recipe for Hawaiian-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross