This is the perfect salad for a casual lunch with friends because it comes together in a few minutes and most of the elements can be prepared up to a day before. It’s also ideal for winter since all of the ingredients are available year-round.
Seared Sea Scallops with Microgreens Salad and Miso and Lime Dressing
Seared scallops are one of those dishes that qualify has simple and elegant at the same time. They’re easy enough for a weeknight, but special enough for a romantic anniversary or Valentine’s Day dinner. They sear for just 2 minutes on each side, making them quick, too. The other benefit: they’re a blank canvas, begging for a sauce to add interest—or whatever global spin you like.
Miso and Lime Dressing
This recipe adds a tangy citrus jolt to the mild, sweet, and salty flavor miso provides. Try it first with a mild soybean miso and then experiment with other types of miso if you like; I keep an arsenal close by at all times.
Jacques Pépin’s Roast Chicken on Garlicky Salad
This recipe demonstrates how to use the supermarket in the best possible way and how to transform an ordinary chicken into a simple, delicious family dinner.
Eggplant Rounds with Goat Cheese and Herb Salsa
This light dish, perfectly portioned and wonderfully herbaceous, works as a fresh appetizer, starter, or alongside a grilled steak, pork chop, or steak.
Samin Nosrat’s Caesar Salad (Illustrated Recipe)
Samin Nosrat’s recipe for Caesar Salad is an exercise in layering salt.