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Charred Fava Bean Salad with Lemon and Tarragon

Charred Fava Bean Salad with Lemon and Tarragon | It's impossible to grill tiny favas, but the sweet-starchy beans get a similar smoky flavor when they're charred quickly in a hot skillet.

Burrata With Romano Beans and Roasted Eggplant

Although burrata is inarguably the star of this stunning summery salad, roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes and Romano beans add a brilliant mix of colors, textures and flavors to the creamy mozzarella. (Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times)

Fregola with Charred Onions and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Chef Jeffrey Banker roasts tomatoes in the oven before he adds them to fregola, a type of pasta from Sardinia that’s similar to Israeli couscous.

Here’s a hearty winter salad that doesn’t include any pale wimpy tomatoes, it’s filled with delicious and nutty tasting farro, butternut squash, fresh spinach, honey goat cheese, pecans for crunch and my new favorite ingredient, roasted grapes!

Make-Ahead Picnic Salads

Green Bean-and-Tomato Salad with Tarragon Dressing | This supersimple bean-and-tomato salad, tossed with a tarragon-flavored dressing, is perfect for summertime picnics, like the kind Paul Virant’s mother would prepare when he was a child.