In the Martha & Marley Spoon test kitchen, we like to consider everything that a salad can truly be. Beyond a bed of lettuce tossed in dressing, we love to showcase seasonal veggies, interesting toppings for texture, and proteins seasoned with unique and tasty spices and marinades. We've collected 20 of our favorite salad recipes: all very different from each other, but all delicious and easy to prepare.

On this week's menu is one of our all-time best sellers. A classic salad star, the cucumber, shines in a whole new light next to noodles, green beans, basil, and crunchy peanuts.

vegetarian cucumber noodle salad

cucumber noodle salad with basil, green beans & peanuts (available to add to your box this week!) One of our favorite ways to eat cucumbers—other than raw, sliced, and quick-pickled—is warmed in a pan and coated in a sesame-tamari sauce. That’s exactly what we did for this dish, plus tender curly noodles tossed with green beans and fragrant basil. Whole skin-on peanuts get fried in oil and add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.

When we're in the heart of winter and in over our heads with soups and stews, look back to these salads and it will be summertime in your home all over again. Cook, relax, and enjoy!