All of these lunch salads are perfect for packing and taking to work or school, or on a picnic. Choose from recipes, including favorites such as salade Nicoise, Waldorf salads, Asian noodle salad, and chicken salad.
Salads are no longer just diet food, composed of lettuce and dressing. Browse through our gallery of delicious concoctions, including light and fresh, hearty and savory -- these big, bold combinations of prime produce and flavor-packed add-ins make it easy to get your veggies on.
Detox Cred: Pile your plate with healthy dark leafy greens. Kale, which boasts a cool 45 flavonoids (plant pigments that promote antioxidant activity in the body), helps lower cholesterol as effectively as some prescription drugs.
Detox Cred: This tangy raw slaw is supremely cleansing. The apple-cider vinaigrette may help lower cholesterol and blood-glucose levels. Earthy hemp seeds deliver protein and healthy fats. Use them throughout the plan in salads, soups, and smoothies.
Broiling is one of the easiest ways to cook broccoli rabe: The stalks turn bright green and tender and the leaves get nice and crispy. Serve this rich, zesty combo as a warm salad or over pasta for an even heartier dish.
The secret to crispy croutons is tearing the bread -- the nooks and crannies absorb more olive oil than evenly sliced pieces. (Of course, the real challenge is not devouring the whole batch when they're warm and fresh out of the oven.)
Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in New York City and author of "The Flexitarian Table," created this healthier version of a traditional family favorite."My mom liked to combine apple, celery, raisins, and walnuts with some mayo," he says. "It was one of the salady things she'd put out with the meal. My recipe is a postmodern expression of that. The apple is tart; the celery has a saline minerality; and the sunchokes provide earthiness. Treble, alto, and bass. Walnuts add the sweetness and fat, which really ties the salad together."