Napa Cabbage and Rice Noodle Salad

Napa cabbage is a classic east Asian ingredient, and it adds a welcome texture change from your normal lettuce. If anyone you are serving this dish to has peanut allergies, you can hold the peanuts and still have a great flavor profile. I am completely in favor of the author’s suggestion for the dressing; a teaspoon of Sriracha adds a great kick!

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Mark Masselli

Fennel and Red Onion Salad with Grapefruit and Blue Cheese

There are a lot of strong flavors in this salad, but they actually blend nicely. The sweet onion mellows out the bite of the blue cheese, and the fennel’s licorice notes cut the tartness of the grapefruit. This salad is an exercise in flavor zen.

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Mark Masselli

Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Salad

This grain and squash salad is nice and hearty, perfect for the few cold nights we have left. Maple syrup gives the dressing a distinctly New England flavor profile. The pearl onions mixed in with the fruit give a savory bite to counteract all of the sweetness.

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Mark Masselli

Lentil Salad with Roasted Oranges and Radicchio

Lentils are a great way to inject extra protein into a vegetarian diet. I like using Puy lentils because they hold their texture better through cooking. For a gourmet spin, try adding walnut oil on top as well as the toasted walnuts.

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Mark Masselli

Asian Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Toasted Pistachios

Asian pear is a wonderful ingredient that doesn’t get used nearly enough in American households. It has a crisp, firm texture and a light body. The gorgonzola and toasted nuts add a depth of flavor to your bowl. They also add great protein to your meal.

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Mark Masselli

Baked Tofu Salad with Broccoli and Pineapple

This light salad with tropical notes is a great way to kick off a week of salad recipes. As the weather is warming, we all want to eat healthier to get back into beach shape by Memorial Day weekend, so give it a try! The dressing is delicious, too.

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Mark Masselli

Dandelion Salad

You probably grew up simply thinking of dandelions as weeds. That should change, starting now. Dandelions are a perfect salad green that you can harvest straight from your yard. Just make sure you and your neighbors don’t use any strong pesticides before you commit to eating them.

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Mark Masselli