Hearty salads remain an excellent summertime dinner solution. These five are refreshingly unexpected, delicious, and remarkably easy to make: There’s a Middle East–inspired wedge with tahini, sumac, and chickpeas. A light riff on the classic Italian pea and rice porridge risi e bisi. A hearty eggplant salad with salsa verde. Savory salmon over bitter greens. And a stunning version of the staple Indian carrot and mung bean salad dressed with warm mustard-seed-infused oil and lots of fresh cilantro and coconut. They’re all gorgeous to look at, and each makes a spectacularly simple all-in-one meal for a summer evening.
Cool, crunchy lettuce + creamy dressing + flavor-bomb toppings = the magic formula that makes the classic wedge salad the all-star that it is. We kept the formula but played with Middle Eastern ingredients like tahini, sumac, and chickpeas to reimagine this favorite.