Pictured: Tarragon-Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing recipe from CHOW
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to look at some bikini ready recipes. Feast your eyes on these easy salads and salad dressings, then mix and match your salad and dressing repertoire all summer long!
1. Shrimp and Greens Salad
This simple salad screams summer in the tastiest way possible. Fresh, sweet shrimp and butter lettuce are sprinkled with lime juice and ready for a creamy, fragrant dressing. Or, go with an Asian inspired vinaigrette if you want to avoid dairy. Get our Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt Avocado Dressing recipe.
2. Yogurt-Avocado Dressing
This creamy cilantro and avocado infused dressing is perfect for any seafood or chicken salad. It’s made creamy from Greek yogurt, so don’t be afraid to lather that dressing on your plate! Get our Yogurt-Avocado Dressing recipe.
3. Chicken and Greens Salad
Using a prepared rotisserie chicken makes this salad perfect for weekday lunch prep. Just shred the chicken, layer it over cucumbers, green onions, and chopped greens, and then add some savoy cabbage for a little extra crunch. Add some nuts or cooked quinoa if you have them lying around the house! Get our Chicken and Greens Salad recipe.
4. Tahini Salad Dressing
This dairy free salad dressing is creamy, nutty, and savory. Garlic and sesame seeds add a boost of flavor to any salad and works well with both middle eastern and Asian flavors. Get our Easy Tahini Dressing recipe.
5. Steak and Bacon Salad
The salad to convert skeptics. Last night’s steak dinner becomes this night’s cold steak salad with juicy tomatoes, crisp romaine lettuce, and some salty, savory bacon to round out the dish. Serve with vinaigrette or a rich blue cheese dressing. Get our Steak and Bacon Salad recipe.
6. Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing
Tangy, cheese, utterly savory. Don’t forget the sugar to keep the dressing rom being bitter and the Worcestershire sauce to give that unmistakable umami taste. Get our Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing recipe.
7. Mixed Greens Salad
The classic. The base upon which salads are built. From here, the sky’s the limit. Tandoori salmon, wood fired, corn, fresh jalapenos, and anything else you can imagine, you can taste! Get our Mixed Greens Salad recipe.
8. Classic Vinaigrette
This classic French dressing is ideal on anything from a classic green salad to steamed asparagus to dressing a sandwich. The mustard emulsifies the dressing without making it creamy or gloopy, and you can try new vinegars (sherry, balsamic, etc.) to see what you like best. Try it with sherry vinegar! Get our Classic Vinaigrette recipe.
9. Niçoise Salad
This classic Niçoise salad comes together with ingredients that are likely already in your pantry and fridge. Boiled potatoes, tender green beans, hard-boiled eggs, and more make a salad that eats like an elegant meal. Be sure to use tuna packed in oil for the most flavor. Get our Nicoise Salad recipe.
10. Caprese Salad
This summer classic never goes out of style and is always welcome when tomatoes get sweet after months of being mealy and out of season. Here, they are simply sliced and layered with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add some creamy buffalo mozzarella and a few torn basil leaves, and all you will want is a slice of toasted bread and a glass of wine. Okay, maybe 2 glasses of wine. Get our Caprese Salad recipe.
11. Greek Salad
This salad will take you straight to Santorini no matter where your kitchen is located. Packed with the flavors of the Mediterranean like Kalamata olives, fresh oregano, and salty feta cheese, this is ideal on its own or with some seared salmon or grilled chicken. Get our Greek Salad recipe.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.