Crunchy Cucumber, Feta, and Almond Salad
Texture is the most satisfying element of a great salad. Crunchy and crisp vegetables signify freshness—they taste as vibrant as they look. Here we dial up the crunch with crisp romaine hearts, sliced cucumber, and coarsely chopped almonds (which lend much more texture than sliced or slivered nuts). Crunchy vegetables tend to be milder due to higher water content; a generous hit of fresh dill adds a welcome herbaceousness to the finished salad. Simplicity plays a role in texture, too: Incorporating fewer elements allows you to identify and enjoy every kind of crunch without overwhelming the palate.