A Case for Baking-Sheet SaladsSkills
It's infinitely better than a bowl (or a mason jar!).
The Crunchy Homemade Topping I’m Adding to Salads, Soups, and MoreSkills
Breadcrumbs and croutons are great, but this ... is even better!
Lettuce Is So Much More than Salad. Here Are 10 More Ways to Eat ItSkills
Yes, we all know that lettuce is the foundation of most salads, but c’mon — lettuce has so much more to give! I love that you don’t have to use up a whole head at once — one head in the crisper drawer can be used in so many different ways over the course of days, so you won’t ever feel like you’re eating the same thing over and over again.
We Just Found Out We’ve Been Using the Salad Spinner the Wrong WaySkills
Well, that sure frees up a lot of refrigerator space!
I’ve Perfected Making Pasta Salad — These Are the 5 Tricks I Swear BySkills
Take your pasta salad to the next level.
Ina Garten's Amazingly Simple Hack Absolutely Transformed My Grain SaladsSkills
Remember this one step when making your salads from now on.
Top Five: Ways to Use Cucumbers (Other Than Salad!)Skills
Cucumbers are far more versatile than you might imagine. Their mild, slightly sweet flavor makes them the perfect palate for most any flavor–Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, you name it!Here are a few of our favorite ways to use up summer cucumbers while they’re still fresh and crunchy. What are yours?Make Pickles. It’s not nearly so hard to make pickles as you might imagine since the majority of the work comes if you want to can them for long-term storage.
May 12, 2022
Our Cheat Sheet to Salad GreensSkills
Jazz up your salad bowl with one of these tasty greens.
Apr 28, 2022
Strip Kale Leaves in Seconds with This Kitchen Tool You Probably Already HaveSkills
This hack couldn't be easier and takes just seconds.
Apr 13, 2022
PSA: Use Bacon Grease to Make the Best Vinaigrette Skills
Grandma did it, and so should you.
Sep 12, 2021
Don’t Serve a Soggy Salad — Try This Simple Trick to Keep It CrispSkills
Courtesy of Daphne Oz's grandmother.
Sep 6, 2021
How to Do Salad for Dinner Like They Do in ParisSkills
Here are a few tips we're borrowing from the French for taking salad out of side-dish territory and making it the main event.
Jul 13, 2021
The Pantry Ingredient That Makes Homemade Ranch Taste Like Your Favorite Bottled DressingSkills
It made me an advocate for homemade dressings once again.
Mar 12, 2021
The Secret to Better Salad Dressing Can Be Found in the Baking AisleSkills
It might seem surprising, but it really makes sense!
Mar 4, 2021
This All-Purpose Vinaigrette Formula Will Be Your Go-To
Kitchn Cooking School
Learn how to make even a simple pile of greens sing.
Oct 19, 2020
Ranch Wants to Be So Much More than Salad Dressing — Here Are 5 New Ways to Use It UpSkills
It really does make everything taste better.
Aug 20, 2020
Frilly, Crunchy & Crazy Bitter: All the Ways We Love FriséeSkills
A bitter green you'll actually love.
Aug 5, 2020
The Best Way to Prep Lettuce for a Salad Is by Violently Smashing It on a Table (No Really, I Swear!)Skills
According to a now-viral TikTok video by @nutritionbabe, if you hold your romaine upright and smash the bottom against your countertop, you’ll end up with perfectly cut lettuce.
Aug 5, 2020
This Small but Brilliant Tip Makes Pasta Salad So Much BetterSkills
It's the difference between a boring pasta salad and an exceptional one.
Jul 2, 2020
The One Thing You Should Be Adding to Your SaladSkills
I'll never make a salad without it again.
Jun 20, 2020
This Summer, This Is How We Salad
How We Salad
A complete guide to making better, bolder salads this season.
Jun 20, 2020
We Tested 7 Methods for Washing and Drying Salad Greens and Found a Clear Winner
Skills Showdown
Because it's salad season.
Jun 18, 2020
The Easiest Way to Use Up Salad GreensSkills
Don't throw them out.
Mar 17, 2020
The Best Thing to Meal Prep When You’re Cooking for OneSkills
If you only have time to do one thing, make it this.
Mar 6, 2020
I Make This 3-Ingredient Dressing Every Week — So Should YouSkills
It's just three ingredients dumped into a mason jar and shaken, but it's pure genius.
Jan 15, 2020
The Secret Ingredient to a Perfect Vinaigrette Is … WaterSkills
Just a bit mellows out all of the flavors so that each can shine through.
Nov 6, 2019
The Secret to the Crunchiest Cucumber SaladsSkills
Say so long to soggy cukes.
Aug 14, 2019
This Is How to Actually Get Kids to Eat SaladSkills
One mom finally found a solution to getting her kids to eat their salads — by making them fun.
Jul 21, 2019
Your Summer Guide to Salad Greens and LettucesSkills
Repeat after me: “No more boring lettuce salads.” This summer, let’s challenge ourselves to go beyond our usual plates of mixed greens. Pick up some greens at the farmers market that you’ve never tried before. Swap your usual vinaigrette for something with some real pizzazz. Maybe even give those greens a quick sauté on the stovetop — warm lettuce salad? Why not!
Jun 9, 2019
Ina Garten’s Smart Tip for Dressing a SaladSkills
Of all the annoying traits a person can have, not coming to the table when they say they will is one of the worst. That happens constantly at my house. When I do the cooking I’ll let everyone know when the food is ready, and they’ll say they are coming. Then I’ll toss the salad and take it to the table, and no one will be there.
May 24, 2019
Quick Tip: Cooking the Best Pasta for Cold SaladSkills
You’ve heard us say it again and again: always cook pasta in a large amount of well-salted boiling water until al dente. But when it comes to pasta salads that will be served cold or room temperature, we’ve actually started taking a slightly different approach.For pasta destined for a picnic salad, we like to do two things:1. Cook it in even more heavily salted water.2. Cook it just a little beyond al dente.
May 2, 2019
5 Tips for Making a Week’s Worth of Salads on SundaySkills
For many years I worked in overnight retail management. Working odd hours is rough to begin with, but having something fresh for lunch at 2 a.m. was tricky, so we turned to salads — they were easy to make, quick to throw together, and always left us with a fresh burst of energy. Here are some tips I learned along the way to help you efficiently prep a variety of salad lunches on Sunday.
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Use Balsamic Vinegar Every Day (Other Than Salad Dressing!)Skills
If the only time you think of pulling that jar of balsamic out of the cupboard is when it’s time to make a salad, you’re missing out. This sweet and tangy vinegar is one of my favorite secret ingredients, and I’ve found all sorts of ways that its presence will perk up my everyday cooking. To Finish Soups and Sauces: Balsamic and ripe summer tomatoes have a well-known affinity for one another.
May 2, 2019
The Most Important Things to Know About Washing and Storing Fresh GreensSkills
It’s easy to eat more salads and greens as the weather warms up. You might crave something cool and crisp, or the CSA you joined is kicking into high gear and loading you up with lettuces and greens. Do you know the best ways to wash, dry, and store your greens? A little how-to can help make prep easier, plus extend the life of your produce. Here are our best tips!
May 1, 2019
5 Reasons Your Salad Probably Tastes Better at a RestaurantSkills
The other night I ate one of my favorite restaurant meals: a finely chopped arugula and radicchio salad with tiny, crispy-yet-melting bits of fried onions, and paper-thin shards of sharp cheese. It’s a fabulous salad, but it’s one I’ve never been able to recreate at home. Unlike many restaurant dishes, which I feel can be recaptured at home with a little detective work, salads can just taste so much better when you’re out.
May 1, 2019
10 Things I Learned After Weeks of Almost Exclusively Eating Salad KitsSkills
We recently went on a salad kit-eating spree here at Kitchn and it was even more thrilling than it sounds — trust me! Every day for weeks I found myself wandering the refrigerated sections of every grocery store on my walk to work and purchasing every single salad kit at my disposal. All of this was in an effort to determine the best salad kits in America, which I’m confident that we did! (See: We Tried Nearly Every Salad Kit in America. Here Are the Top 5.
Feb 3, 2019
10 Ways to Turn a Salad Kit into a Satisfying Meal for 2Skills
On their own, salad kits don’t go very far. Most claim to have three to four servings per bag, but let’s be real — you can easily devour the whole thing on your own in one sitting. To stretch them a little further (say, like, dinner for two!), all you need is a little inspiration and creativity, and you’ll see that a basic salad kit is your starting point for a one-bowl meal to feed two hungry people. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
Jan 31, 2019
5 Ways to Make a Salad Kit Taste Even BetterSkills
When it comes to easy, satisfying lunches, a salad kit is often your best friend. It does all the work for you by packaging up a healthy helping of greens with a bit of salad swag — dressing, crunchy bits, dried fruit. But you don’t have to take salad kits at face value. Here are a few ways to amp up these budget-friendly lunches from their $1.99 price tag into something that tastes like a $14 salad from the fancy salad bar.
Jan 30, 2019
21 Simple Salads That Are So Good You Won’t Even Miss Romaine LettuceSkills
Yesterday the CDC issued a stern warning to the country: Do not, under any circumstances, eat romaine lettuce. An E.Coli outbreak may have contaminated all types of romaine. If you bought any heads or hearts of romaine, go into your kitchen right now and throw it out. Same goes for any boxed salad mixes. In fact, you better stay in there and disinfect your refrigerator. Better to play it safe.
Nov 21, 2018
The One Ingredient That Will Make Your Fruit Salad AmazingSkills
A really good fruit salad can be a truly special treat. Light and refreshing, it is so simple to pull together yet has the power to be the star of your brunch, potluck, and even dessert spread. While choosing the right fruits to add to the bowl will certainly help when you want to whip up a crowd-pleaser, the real key to amazing fruit salad doesn’t come from the produce aisle.
Aug 24, 2018
Katie Lee’s Smart Tip for Making Pasta Salad in a HurrySkills
“Resting time” in recipes is the bane of my existence. I’m a big fan of instant gratification, and I’m constantly forgetting to leave time for things like letting the meat rest or waiting for the cake to be completely cool before attempting to frost it. My puddings are always full of little fingerprints because I’m constantly poking them to see if they’re set yet, even though the recipe says they’ll need another three hours.
Jun 18, 2018
7 Ways to Quickly Dress Up Your Green SaladSkills
Make it a little fancier without actually trying any harder.
Jun 4, 2018
Julia Child’s Secret to the Best Vinaigrette Is to Make It Like a MartiniSkills
For most of my life, I thought I hated salads, but it turns out I just really don’t like most salad dressings. For years I tried to eat salads, only to take a few bites before giving up and leaving an over-dressed mess of goopy leaves on my plate. With the right dressing, however, salads are one of my favorite things to eat now, and making a dressing that suits my own tastes is extremely easy to do at home.
May 18, 2018
How to Do Salad for Dinner Like They Do in Los AngelesSkills
Los Angeles isn’t all vibrant grain bowls, fancy toasts, and glowing glasses of cold-pressed juice — the city has a storied salad pedigree, too, dating back to the inception of the Cobb Salad at Hollywood’s Brown Derby more than three-quarters of a century ago. Nowadays, the stalwarts of LA’s health-conscious dining scene are staying true to the city’s legacy, leveraging the plethora of Southern California produce with the city’s boundless culinary diversity.
Apr 12, 2018
10 Ways to Build a Bigger, Bolder, Better Salad and Call It DinnerSkills
“Salad night” was a tough battle to win in my house. It took some convincing that salad for dinner wouldn’t be boring, and most importantly that it would be filling enough that we wouldn’t have to reach for frozen pizza 30 minutes after dinner. Here are my favorite tricks for assembling dinner salads that are guaranteed to be bolder, more flavorful, and 100% satisfying for dinner.
Apr 12, 2018
The Foolproof Method for Washing Salad GreensSkills
Every restaurant kitchen has an unsung hero — someone who keeps the wheels turning, the food coming (and, as a result, the lights on), but who never makes it into the magazines. Sometimes it’s the dishwasher, sometimes it’s the fry cook. At Oleana Restaurant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I worked for several years as sommelier, it was Pacho. Pacho was a prep cook and a legend.
Sep 21, 2017
Salad Swag: Ranch Chicken BLT SaladSkills
For anyone who believes no lunch salad is complete without chicken, this is the salad kit you need to put together right now. It’s inspired by a classic BLT sandwich and paired with seared, sliced chicken and a tangy yogurt ranch dressing on the side. Pull together the components for this salad when you’re meal prepping for the week and pack it up in a divided lunch box to keep each ingredient fresh.
Aug 24, 2017
Salad Swag: DIY Southwestern Shrimp Salad KitSkills
If your regular salad order skews toward a bowl of greens tossed with shrimp and a medley of chili-spiced ingredients for punchy Southwestern flare, this is the DIY salad kit to keep in your lunch rotation. And we’ve got a couple smart grocery store shortcuts help it come together fast. A good source of protein is an essential element in any salad that serves as a meal. It’s what helps to fill you up and keep you full.
Aug 21, 2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pasta SaladSkills
Pasta salad, when assembled correctly, is sublime. A great pasta salad is the star of any backyard barbecue or picnic potluck. All too often, though, it is subject to mediocrity, thanks to too much mayo, squishy pasta, and not enough salt. Don’t make these common mistakes! Let this be the year you master the perfect pasta salad. The wrong pasta type or size can make pasta salad soggy, slimy, or just plain hard to eat.
May 28, 2017
5 Tips for Making and Serving a Better Party SaladSkills
Why don’t we make salads the center of our party table? It seems like an obvious idea once you get to thinking about it — especially in spring when the season is gifting us with tender greens, edible flowers, and ripe berries. But salads are too often sidekicks rather than scene-stealers when it comes to party food. Are we worried they will seem fussy? Or perhaps too insubstantial?
May 25, 2017
The Fast Trick to Turn Any Salad into DinnerSkills
Let’s face it — a simple salad just isn’t enough for dinner. (People tend to complain.) So when you’re looking to turn those last bits of spinach, half a cucumber, and a few chopped radishes into a dinner-ready meal, here’s a trick: Reach for that bag of frozen tortellini. This brilliant shortcut transforms the last bits of the crisper drawer into a dinner you can make for one or scale up to feed four or more. Here’s how!
Mar 7, 2017
The Fastest Pasta Salad Comes from the FreezerSkills
Keep a bag of frozen tortellini tucked away in your freezer and you can rest easy knowing that a quick meal is always at the ready. This series on fast tortellini dinners will show you how to transform frozen tortellini into dinner using pantry staples and a few surprising techniques. Pasta sauce is just the beginning! Family get-together coming up this weekend and you need to bring something everyone will eat? Pasta salad. Need a fast, but fresh dinner between work and soccer practice?
Mar 5, 2017
10 Ways I Make My Salads More SatisfyingSkills
Even if you haven’t made a resolution to eat more vegetables this year, let’s all make a resolution to make our salads more satisfying. There’s too much potential to be wasted on salads that leave us hungry after an hour and don’t actually taste all that memorable. Here are the 10 ways I ensure my salads are a satisfying meal every time.
Jan 20, 2017
5 Signs Your Salad Will Be Good for BreakfastSkills
We’re of the persuasion that more veggies — at all times of the day — is a good thing, which means a veggie-based salad can make for a solid morning meal, especially if your palate is tired of yogurt and oatmeal. However, a bowl full of mesclun won’t keep you satisfied until noon — there are a few keys to getting the breakfast salad right. Here are five to keep in mind. Protein helps make the salad satisfying and can take many forms.
Jan 16, 2017
10 Smart Ways to Create a Better Lunch SaladSkills
Salads for lunch can be a beautiful thing, but they do need a little forethought in order to avoid soggy lettuce or uninspired toppings. Here are our top 10 tips for packing a tasty, inspired, mishap-free lunch salad. This post successfully solves the dilemma of how to keep salad greens fresh all week long. The basic premise here is to prep a big batch of fresh, crunchy salad base on Sunday that you use throughout the entire week.
Dec 30, 2016
5 Things to Do with Leftover Fruit SaladSkills
A light, refreshing fruit salad is a great way to wrap up a summer cookout. But it’s all too easy to get carried away when you’re cutting up your fruit and end up with a giant bowl that’s way more than you need. The leftover fruit salad may be great over your yogurt the next morning, but soon after it starts to look sad and slightly mushy. Here are five ways to use up fruit salad that’s just past its prime.
Aug 25, 2016
11 (3-Ingredient) Tomato SaladsSkills
Slice up a peak-season tomato, eat it plain, and it will be a glorious thing. But tomatoes play extra well with others. Toss two more ingredients in the ring and you’ve got the kind of salad that only summer can bring. Take, for example, the caprese: Pair fresh mozzarella and basil with those tomatoes and everyone is happy. Here are 11 ways to mix up your tomato salad routine.
Aug 19, 2016
We’re Gonna Talk You into Putting Tomatoes in Your Fruit SaladSkills
Maybe you don’t even need to be talked into adding fruit to your tomato salad because you’re well aware of tomato’s classification as a fruit. And perhaps you’re also aware of how its inherent acidity is the most welcome guest in a too-sweet fruit salad. If, however, the combination of tomato and fruit baffles you or leaves you skeptical, permit me to do some convincing.
Aug 17, 2016
Augustus Caesar: 21 Ways to Spread the Empire Beyond SaladSkills
Caesar salad is timeless — an enduring classic that’s inspired many variations. From the fresh romaine and the crunchy croutons, to the shaved Parmesan and rich, salty dressing, this is a combination of flavors that can travel beyond the salad bowl with great success.
Aug 7, 2016
5 Signs You Shouldn’t Order That Caesar SaladSkills
I recently had a pretty bad Caesar salad experience at a fast-causal restaurant: The salad arrived in a plastic clamshell (the rest of our dinner did not) with romaine pieces so large I could not even get my mouth around them, exactly four croutons, and the tiniest packet of Caesar dressing. In hindsight, I knew better than to order that particular salad — telltale signs of salad sadness were everywhere.
Aug 6, 2016
7 Crimes I Never Commit Against Caesar SaladSkills
Caesar salad is the emperor of summer salads. Cool romaine gets tossed with a creamy, tangy, Parmesan-laced dressing and epitomizes what we both love and hate about simple salads (side-eye at you, wedge salad). While this salad seems simple, there are at least a dozen ways to make a mediocre Caesar salad. Avoid the following when assembling Caesars for your next summer soirée.
Aug 5, 2016
This Is How to Pack the Best Caesar Salad for LunchSkills
Don’t let Caesar salad be the meal you reserve for restaurants and dinner at home. It’s fast to prepare and only has a few ingredients, which means it has the potential to become a completely blissful lunch. But it all comes down to how you pack it. Before you even get to the ingredients, consider the container they’re packed in. When it comes to salad, we believe the very best option is a large, wide container. (Sorry, Mason jars.
Aug 5, 2016
5 Ways to Make Creamy Caesar Dressing Without Raw EggsSkills
Traditionally creamy Caesar dressing gets its rich and luxurious texture from the addition of raw egg yolk. When prepared correctly, it’s completely safe to eat, but I understand your concerns if that’s not quite for you. Don’t rule out homemade creamy Caesar dressing, though! Try one of these five methods for making it without raw egg. I recently learned this tip when making thousand island dressing.
Aug 4, 2016
Why Caesar Salad Might Be the Kim K of SaladsSkills
Caesar salad might be the Kim Kardashian of salads. This is a theory I have, and it sprung from a few conversations about Kim Kardashians’s empire of influence following a recent GQ article hell-bent on introducing the world to Kim K, CEO. I was discussing this article with Ariel and during our conversations words like ubiquitous, harmless, and average kept coming up.
Aug 4, 2016
10 Ways to Use Caesar Dressing Beyond the SaladSkills
Caesar dressing, whether store-bought or homemade, is a glorious thing. Its garlic, cheese, and anchovy-packed flavor with its rich and creamy texture is the key to one of the best classic salads around. But if it’s so good, why limit it to only salad? In fact, why not use it to make 10 other dishes infinitely better? We were asking ourselves the very same question, so we answered it. Toss chicken in Caesar dressing and let it refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
Aug 3, 2016
5 New Caesar Salad Bases That Aren’t KaleSkills
Not long ago, when kale was on its way to becoming the hottest vegetable around, someone had the bright idea to swap the hearty green in for romaine in a classic Caesar salad. At the time I thought this was brilliant — coat kale in creamy, cheesy Caesar dressing, pile it with croutons, and everyone will eat it. But there are only so many kale Caesar salads one can eat.
Aug 2, 2016