Next to a hearty grilled cheeseburger or steak, leafy green salads can feel too dainty, and grain salads can seem too filling. So the CHOW Test Kitchen developed five summer side salads that are fresh, chunky, and unique. These salad recipes are cheese- and meat-free, don’t contain any lettuce that’ll wilt and get soggy in the heat, and are sure to stand out at any barbecue or picnic thanks to their unexpected combinations of fruit, vegetables, and dressings.
Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad with Peanut Dressing
Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing
Radish and Wax Bean Salad with Crème Fraîche Dressing
Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing
Moroccan Zucchini, Grape, and Bell Pepper Salad