Salads and Cold Dishes

Course | Salads Image

Whether served as a foil to a heavy entree or as a light meal on their own, salads pull together the best of the season into a tasty mélange of fresh ingredients, usually bound by a tangy dressing or sauce.

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Salads and Cold Dish Recipes

Adas Salatası

Ingredients | Lentils

(Turkish lentil salad)

Healthy lentil salads are popular all around the Mediterranean. Adas salatasi is a simple one from Turkey that is seasoned with a lemon vinaigrette and garnished with tomatoes, eggs, olives and cheese. Read more »


Sauces | Ajvar

(Serbian roasted eggplant and pepper spread)

This vivid red eggplant and pepper spread originated in Serbia, but its popularity has spread throughout the Balkans and beyond. In Serbia, ajvar (Serbian: Ајвар) is made with the rogo pepper and can be mild, medium or spicy. Read more »


Ingredients | Parsley, Chopping

(Palestinian parsley salad with tahini dressing)

Need ideas for using up all that parsley in your refrigerator's crisper? Try bakdoonsiyyeh (يقدونسية), a bright, flavorful salad packed with nutrition. Bakdoonsiyyeh is great served as a salad accompaniment to grilled or fried fish. Also spelled bakdunsieh. Read more »

Causa Rellena

Vegetables | Causa Rellena

(Peruvian layered potato dish)

This versatile Peruvian potato dish makes a great light meal or a fine addition to a buffet spread. Causa can be layered with any number of fillings — chicken salad and tuna salad are favorites. Served cold, causa rellena is often topped with extravagant garnishes and sauces for a colorful presentation. Read more »


Salads | Curtido

(Salvadoran cabbage salad)

Curtido is a simple cabbage salad traditionally served with pupusas. Large jars of curtido are kept at restaurants and sides of the slaw are served with most meals. Curtido is usually allowed to ferment slightly at room temperature before serving, becoming a kind of Salvadoran sauerkraut. Read more »

Gado Gado

Salads | Gado Gado

(Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut sauce)

Gado gado is a popular salad in Indonesia with a number of regional variations. At its base, gado gado is a composed salad of cooked and raw vegetables, topped or tossed with a peanut sauce. Gado gado is an excellent addition to a buffet or rijsttafel. Read more »

Hobak Namul

Vegetables | Hobak Namul

(Korean zucchini squash side dish)

This namul, or vegetable side dish, is a popular accompaniment to many Korean meals. Hobak is a Korean summer squash that is roundish in shape and has light and dark green stripes. It is very similar to zucchini, which can substitute. Read more »

Horiatiki Salata

Salads | Horiatiki Salata

(Greek tomato, cucumber and olive salad)

Horiatiki salata is your basic big, fat Greek salad. Horiatiki means village-style. This fresh, healthy salad is found in one form or another throughout the eastern Mediterranean.  Read more »


Salads | Kartoffelsalat

(German potato salad)

Two basic types of potato salad are made in Germany. In the north, the potatoes are held together with mayonnaise. In the southern regions of Swabia and Bavaria and in Austria, Kartoffelsalat is mixed with hot broth, oil and vinegar. Read more »

Kvashenaya Kapusta Provansal

Salads | Kvashenaya Kapusta Provansal

(Russian sauerkraut salad)

Kvashenaya kapusta provansal is a delicious salad to serve alongside a roast or with sausages. The word "provansal" in the name of the dish is a Russian way of indicating the use of olive oil. Read more »


Ingredients | Cucumbers in Baskets

(Polish cucumber and sour cream salad)

Mizeria is a cooling salad of cucumbers, dill and sour cream that is very popular in Poland. The name means "misery" in Polish, and legend has it that the dish was first served by poor, hence miserable, peasants. Read more »


Salads | Panzanella Image

(Italian bread and tomato salad)

Panzanella is a classic summer salad from Tuscany and neighboring regions in central Italy. Tuscans are known for the ingenious ways they use up old bread, and this salad is a perfect example. Be sure to use a good quality, crusty bread. Sometimes called panmolle. Read more »

Patates Salatası

Ingredients | Potatoes in Hand

(Turkish potato salad)

The Turks supply us with a quick, easy and healthy alternative mayonnaise-based potato salads. Patates salatasi makes an excellent addition to a table of Turkish mezze. Paprika gives this salad a beautiful color. Read more »

Picado de Rábano

Ingredients | Radishes

(Guatemalan radish salad)

Serve picado de rábano as a refreshing side salad for Guatemalan meals. Adding chicharrones, or fried pork rinds, turns it into a salad called chojin. Read more »

Potato Salad

Salads | Potato Salad Image

(American potatoes with mayonnaise)

Potato salad is an American picnic and barbecue favorite. The basic recipe of cooked potatoes bound with mayonnaise and served cold is also found in northern Germany. Potato salad recipes vary greatly, but here is a basic recipe you can build upon. Read more »

Salade Niçoise

Salads | Salade Nicoise

(French Provençale tuna and vegetable salad)

Light, refreshing and famous the world over, salade Niçoise (nee-SWAHZ) , from the city of Nice in southern France, puts fresh garden produce and fine Mediterranean ingredients to excellent use. You can even turn a salade Niçoise into a portable meal, using it as a filling for a sandwich called pan bagnat (see variations). Read more »

Salpicón de Res

Meats | Salpicon Image

(Central American shredded beef salad)

Popular throughout Central America, salpicón is a refreshing salad that is great as a topping for tostadas or wrapped in fresh corn tortillas. It is especially easy to make in large quantities for parties and family gatherings. Read more »

Som Tam

Salads | Som Tam

(Thai green papaya salad)

Green papaya salad is the most popular salad in Thailand and is commonly sold in street stalls, especially in the North of the country. This refreshingly tart and healthy salad is traditionally made in a mortar (som tam means "sour pounded"), but this recipe uses a more Western-kitchen-friendly method. Read more »

Sookju Namul

Salads | Sookju Namul

(Korean mung bean sprout salad)

Sometimes spelled sukju namul, this simple yet satisfying salad is often on the Korean table as a small vegetable side dish, or namul. Read more »

Sweet Coleslaw

Ingredients | Cabbage Head Image

(American cabbage salad)

Sweet coleslaw is a type of cabbage salad, or slaw, that is popular in the Midwestern section of the United States. This recipe comes directly from Chef Brad's father, Dan Harvey, in Macedonia, Iowa. Read more »


Salads | Tabouli Image

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

An easy, refreshing and healthy Middle Eastern salad, tabouli is made of bulgur wheat, finely chopped parsley and scallions dressed simply with lemon juice and olive oil. The dish goes by various spellings including tabbouleh, taboule, taboulleh, tabouleh, and tabboulleh. Read more »


Salads | Vinegret

(Russian cold vegetable salad)

Vinegret is a healthy, tasty Russian salad that goes well with some herring, black bread and, of course, ice-cold vodka. Because this salad was developed during Soviet times, when fresh vegetables were at a premium, vinegret is often made with canned or frozen vegetables. Read more »

Yum Pla Muk

Salads | Yum Pla Muk Image

(Thai spicy squid salad)

Serve spicy yum pla muk salad as part of a larger Thai meal. Make sure not to overcook the squid or it will become rubbery. Read more »