Zucchini-Melon Salad

2 medium zucchini 1 teaspoon salt 2 (3-inch-wide) wedges melon, seeded and rind removed 1 whole smoked chicken breast (1 lb), skinned and thinly sliced crosswise with a knife 1 (1/2-lb) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, cut crosswise into...

Two Kale Salads

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped  1 tablespoon sherry vinegar  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil  Coarse salt and ground pepper  1 bunch Kale, tough stems removed and leaves torn  into small, bite-size pieces  2 1/2 ounces gouda, cut...

Ceasar Salad

courtesy of Cook’s Illustrated If you don't own a garlic press, chop the garlic for both the croutons and dressing by hand; sprinkle it with the salt and then continue mincing it until it is almost pureed. The garlic and anchovies in the dressing are...

Carrot and Beet Salad with Ginger

1/4 cup minced shallot (onions will work as well) 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup rice vinegar (available at Asian markets and some supermarkets) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1/2 cup olive oil 4 cups finely...

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