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Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

When it comes to weekday lunches, I lean towards options that are wholesome and can easily be made in advance (bonus points for big-batch cooking). But I also want something that feels a little special. Even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes for lunch, I want that time to feel like an escape from the rest of the day, and tucking into something slightly luxurious is exactly how to do it. A classic Nicoise salad, layered with tender fresh veggies, tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and an umami-packed vinaigrette does the job like no other. Pack it up in a Mason jar and you're ready to tote it to work.

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Recipe: Jersey Salad — Salad Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Seattle isn't known as a pizza town. But Delancey, the Seattle pizza mecca owned by Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg (of Orangette fame), is simultaneously a regular neighborhood pizza joint and a top destination for the world's fooderati. Go for the thin-crust pies wood-fired to a bubbly crisp, but don't forget the rest of the menu. A seasonal rotation of salads (including their Jersey Salad, created to pay homage to Brandon's New Jersey childhood memories) are a can't-miss.

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Recipe: The Best Pesto Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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Over the years I've perfected a version of homemade pesto chicken salad after ordering it countless times at any number of restaurants. It pairs fresh pesto with sun-dried tomatoes with shredded chicken — the ideal preparation for catching all the bits of herbs, cheese, and nuts that makes this recipe the best.

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Recipe: Farmers Market Salad — Farmers Market Suppers

Make sure you add "salad night" to this week's meal plan, because no matter what you bring home from the farmers market, this summery take on a classic Cobb will be your new favorite. Fill your bowl with leafy greens and then cover them with a blanket of seasonal veggies, a hard-boiled egg, some crumbled bacon and blue cheese, and an herb-filled white wine vinaigrette.

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Recipe: Warm Fajita Steak Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I crave light and fresh dinners in my meal plan more than ever during the summer, which means I often transform some of my regular favorites into a salad. This version, inspired by my favorite fajitas, skips the tortillas and instead layers slices of juicy, cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It's finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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Recipe: Farçous (French Chard Fritters) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Au revoir, Paris! Ann Mah takes us off the tourist path on a culinary tour of France's favorite regional foods.

With crisp, dark-golden edges and a tender, savory, bright-green interior, these chard fritters are a perfect example of the French culinary ability to transform a few humble ingredients into something greater than the sum of their parts.

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