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Sides & Salads

Round out your meal with just the right side dish or salad.
Arugula and Peach Salad

Arugula and Peach Salad

This salad is all about the tangy dressing. Choose the brightest, ripest stone fruits you can find, and feel free to substitute other fresh-looking salad greens for the arugula.

Caramelized Okra and Corn with Coconut, Mint, and Lime

Caramelized Okra and Corn with Coconut, Mint, and Lime

Roasting brings out okra’s natural sweetness while searing away its sliminess. Okra’s grassy flavor is enhanced with summer corn and coconut in this Thai-inspired side dish. To give the combination more of a spicy kick, toss the vegetables with a squeeze or two of sriracha hot sauce when adding the lime juice.

Three-Pea Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Three-Pea Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The trick to a successful vinaigrette, says Annie Somerville, is to start with the acidic ingredient and mix everything with that before adding the oil. She also favors an oil-to-acid ratio of 2:1, rather than the traditional (and heavier) 3:1 ratio. Meyer lemons make this dressing extra-special, but regular lemons work well too.

Ann Gentry's Toasted Quinoa Tabbouleh

Toasted Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa lends itself well to the herbs and citrus of tabbouleh, and packs more plant protein than the traditional grain used, bulgur wheat. Taste and adjust the seasonings before serving the salad, as the grains may absorb some of the added flavor.

Avocado Aïoli

Spring Salad Dressed with Avocado Aïoli

A lemony, garlicky aïoli sauce gets its creamy texture from blended 
avocado. Fresh tarragon lightly seasons the sauce, which also can be 
used as a dip, sandwich spread, or topping for grilled vegetables.

Spinach Salad with Cherries and Candied Cashews

Spinach Salad with Cherries and Candied Cashews

Candying nuts in the oven is a snap when you coat them with a mixture of egg white, sugar, and spices. The nuts keep well in a sealed glass jar, so you might want to make extra for future salads. Candied nuts for dessert? Simply omit the thyme, salt, and pepper in the Candied Cashews recipe above, and you have a crunchy dessert topping.

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