50 Sensational Salad Recipes

Salad doesn’t have to be a boring mix of lettuce and vegetables
50 Sensational Salad Recipes

Satisfying and delicious salads start in your kitchen.

Salads are the meal you go to when you’re trying to eat right or lose weight. Sometimes boring, salads generally consist of a few bland vegetables and aren’t really satisfying after the few minutes when you’re crunching down in front of your computer at work. But there’s a world of possibilities beyond the sad desk salad. We’re here to show you that salads can be tasty, filling, and not boring at all.

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"Salad" is difficult to define. A few ingredients, usually vegetables (but also grains, legumes, meat, or pasta), either raw or cooked, are either mixed together or laid out neatly, and served warm or cold with some type of dressing (oil, mayonnaise, and buttermilk are just a few bases).

Traditional French cuisine breaks salads down into a few different categories: simple salads (usually lettuce based), mixed salads (a combination of several ingredients), and composed salads (several ingredients laid out separately).

If you’re making a lettuce-based salad, it’s important to wash and thoroughly dry the lettuce first; this will eliminate grit in the salad and allow dressing to stick to the leaves instead of ending up in a puddle at the bottom of the salad bowl. Gently dunk individual leaves into a bowl of water, refreshing the water in the bowl until there is no grit left at the bottom. If the lettuce you’re using has begun to wilt, make this rinse an ice bath, which will perk up the leaves enough to serve them. To dry lettuce, gently press with paper towels or use a salad spinner.

Homemade dressings are pretty simple to make and are generally healthier than anything you can buy at the grocery store. The easiest dressing to make is a vinaigrette, which is made by combining oil with some type of acid — traditionally red wine vinegar, although you can use citrus juice or other varieties of vinegar, too. Nut oils have a tendency to go rancid quickly; store in the refrigerator and give a quick sniff before using.

Just because salads are generally healthy doesn’t mean that they have to be flavorless. Liven up homemade or store-bought dressings with things you probably already have lying around the house: mustard, fresh herbs, and definitely some salt and pepper.

Get out of your salad rut and enjoy it in its many forms with these sensational salad recipes.

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad


The Cobb salad was invented in Hollywood, at the Brown Derby restaurant, and quickly became an iconic American dish. At the Derby, it was always presented with its colorful mix of ingredients neatly arranged in rows, then tossed at the table.

Niçoise Salad

Niçoise Salad


This composed salad is normally made with lettuce, tomatoes, haricot verts, anchovies, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and either fresh or canned tuna, topped with a simple vinaigrette.

Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.


Classic Salads

Cobb Salad

Niçoise Salad

Greek Salad

Caesar Salad

Waldorf Salad


Lettuce-Based Salads

Mediterranean Salad

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues Salad

Pear, Turnip, and Pecorino Pepato Salad

Roka Salad with Fig-Balsamic Dressing

Apple, Beet, and Carrot Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing


Simple Salads

Spicy Sesame Salad

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Purée & Pine Nuts

Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts

Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

Caprese Salad


Pasta Salad

Tricolor Pasta Salad

California Asian Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Ranch Pasta Salad

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


Mayo-Based Salads

Classic Potato Salad

Tuna Salad with Cucumber, Cranberries, and Pecans

‘Deviled’ Egg Salad

Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad

Fast ‘n’ Fresh Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich


Seasonal Salads

Autumn Pear Salad

Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Holiday Salad

Rainbow of Carrots Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Lemony Asparagus Salad


Quinoa Salads

Grilled Eggplant and Quinoa Salad

Crunchy Quinoa and Cabbage Salad

Quinoa Salad with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Pepitas

Quinoa with Watercress, Pears, and Pomegranates

Quinoa Vegetable Salad


Grain Salads

Farro and Grilled Corn Summer Salad

Bulgur Salad with Cranberries and Brussels Sprouts

Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta

Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Wheat Berry Salad

Barley Salad with Grapes and Pecans


Protein Salads

Maine Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Tarragon-Citrus Vinaigrette

Seared Ahi Salad

Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing

Salmon with Chesapeake Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

Thai Steak Salad with Cold Noodles

Spinach and Steak Salad with Ginger Dressing


Fruit Salads

Watermelon Kale Salad

Beet Pasta with Blood Orange, Honey Walnuts, and Crispy Kale

Dried Plum, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Orange-Fennel Salad


Fruit Salad with Herb Syrup Recipe