Our. 50 best salad recipes - watermelon, feta, cucumber mint salad
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Our 50 Best Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes

Salad doesn’t have to be boring
Our. 50 best salad recipes - watermelon, feta, cucumber mint salad
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It’s time to stop treating salads like those things you begrudgingly eat to fill your weekly veggie quota. There are plenty of ways you can make them shine that involve much more than lettuce drizzled with oil and vinegar. These 50 recipes are proof that salads can be a worthy meal all on their own.

Classic Italian Salad

Classic Italian Salad
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On nights when you’re craving Italian but don’t feel like hovering over the stove waiting for your water to boil and pasta to cook, throw together this salad instead. Its simple ingredients — like tomato, onions, olives and beans — are ones you likely have in your kitchen already.

For the Classic Italian Salad recipe, click here.

Cobb Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing

Cobb Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Cobb salad is an iconic American dish, one that makes appearances in restaurants across the country. This recipe keeps the timeless lunch meal light by using a dijon vinaigrette.

For the Cobb Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe, click here.

Spinach Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette
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Finishing a bag of spinach isn’t easy, but this recipe will do the trick and fill your day with tons of flavor. Tangerine slices and dried cranberries brighten the dish with their citrusy sweetness while the vinaigrette adds a punch of acidity.

For the Spinach Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts

Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts
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If you have leftover chicken, try adding it to this salad. The filling meal is made with radicchio, arugula, raisins and pine nuts, resulting in a play on sweet and bitter tastes.

For the Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts recipe, click here.

Creamy Garlic Salad

Creamy Garlic Salad
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Garlic is packed with dynamic flavor and can ward off vampires. What’s not to love? This recipe celebrates this treasured ingredient by formulating an entire salad around it.

For the Creamy Garlic Salad recipe, click here.

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Broccoli and Bacon Salad
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If you’re not a fan of lettuce-based salads, let this broccoli, cheese and bacon salad be your newest obsession. The broccoli florets add a nice crunch while the bacon, cheese and mayonnaise-based salad dressing add a little fattiness and flavor.

For the Broccoli and Bacon Salad recipe, click here.

Seder Plate Salad

Seder Plate Salad
Paula Shoyer

Although this salad’s inspiration comes from the ritual components of the Seder plate and table, it’s a hearty salad with lamb, romaine, celery, herbs, apples, nuts and eggs that you can serve year-round for lunch or dinner.

For the Seder Plate Salad recipe, click here.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad
Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

This recipe for cucumber salad uses some of summer’s best ingredients: cucumbers, black olives and onions. They’re tossed with a homemade dressing of avocado oil, rice vinegar, sugar and fresh dill.

For the Cucumber Salad recipe, click here.

Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken

Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken
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Looking for a way to bring some of spring’s bounty to your dinner table? This recipe uses strawberries — a beloved warm-weather fruit — to liven up this chicken and spinach-based salad. Add gorgonzola cheese to elevate the dish and to add saltiness and earthiness.

For the Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken recipe, click here.

Curly Endive Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almonds

Curly Endive Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almonds
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If you want to make dinner at home feel more like a restaurant experience, start with a good salad. Use curly endives, or frisée, to fancy up the starter dish. Its mildly bitter taste goes well with sun-dried tomatoes and almonds.

For the Curly Endive Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almonds recipe, click here.

Steakhouse Wedge Salad

Steakhouse Wedge Salad
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Speaking of bringing the restaurant to you: steakhouse wedge salad. You know, the app that comes out before the filet mignon? Well, you can make it at home in just 15 minutes and it won’t cost you a pretty penny. Serve it with steak and mashed potatoes.

For the Steakhouse Wedge Salad recipe, click here.

Maine Lobster Cobb Salad

Maine Lobster Cobb Salad
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Add a summertime flair to your cobb salads — which traditionally include bacon and chicken — by using fresh lobster as the protein.

For the Maine Lobster Cobb Salad recipe, click here.

Summer Quinoa Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing

Summer Quinoa Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing
Courtesy of Planet Oat

Incorporating grains into your diet is a great way to keep your gut health on point. This salad uses quinoa as a base and incorporates basil, tomatoes and lemon dressing for a summery flair.

For the Summer Quinoa Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing recipe, click here.

Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad

Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad
Courtesy of Planet Oat

Need lunch on the go? Try this layered farro and chickpea salad. Just add the ingredients to a mason jar and bring it with you to the park, office, school or wherever you go.

For the Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad recipe, click here.

Kale and Apple Salad With Maple Mustard Dressing

Kale and Apple Salad With Maple Mustard Dressing
Courtesy of Karen Kelly/Seasonal Cravings

Spring and summer are loaded with delicious and nutrient-packed foods, but adding kale to the dinner table is a sure-fire way to chow down on an immune-boosting food. This kale salad is mixed with a homemade maple mustard dressing that gives it a sweet and subtly spicy flare.

For the Kale and Apple Salad With Maple Mustard Dressing recipe, click here.

Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad
Courtesy of Karen Kelly/Seasonal Cravings

Get a side dish on the table fast with this arugula, orange and pomegranate salad. Just add the ingredients to a large bowl, toss until well combined and viola! You’ve got a yummy, light salad.

For the Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad recipe, click here.

Herby Potatoes and Steak Salad

Herby Potatoes and Steak Salad
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Steak and potatoes is a timeless dinner combination. But if you want to enjoy the two foods and still get in your leafy greens, try this salad recipe. The fresh herb vinaigrette adds some brightness yet still pairs well with steak and starch.

For the Herby Potatoes and Steak Salad recipe, click here.

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad
Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Not only is this flavor-packed salad super refreshing, it’s also loaded with color from the vibrant pink watermelon and light green cucumbers. The best part? It takes less than an hour to make.

For the Watermelon and Cucumber Salad recipe, click here.

Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad
Courtesy of Simply Healthyish Recipes

Don’t let the title “breakfast salad” fool you — this dish can be served at any time of day. The mixed greens, raspberries and nuts are delicious on their own, but the true star of the salad is the cheddar cheese crisps that are easily made by cooking a few spoonfuls of shredded cheese in the oven.

For the Breakfast Salad recipe, click here.

Spring Green Salad With Asparagus

Spring Green Salad With Asparagus
Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

Asparagus — a springtime treasure — can make appearances in many dishes, although it’s often served as a side to steak and other hearty proteins. In this salad, it adds a level of freshness that complements the peas, avocado and feta cheese.

For the Spring Green Salad With Asparagus recipe, click here.

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad
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If you have any leftover pita bread lying around your house, try making this fattoush salad. The pita is broiled for about two minutes, adding a nice crunchy texture to the salad, which is made with sliced green onions, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, olives and mint.

For the Fattoush Salad recipe, click here.

Hand of God Salad

Hand of God Salad
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As the name implies, this salad is heavenly. The components of the dish on their own are enough to turn heads (walnuts, lettuce, prosciutto, eggs), but the addition of the buttery-soft garlic cloves and garlic oil really tie it all together.

For the Hand of God Salad recipe, click here.

Cauliflower and Shrimp Pub Salad

Cauliflower and Shrimp Pub Salad
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If you’re looking for weeknight dinner ideas that are as nutritious as they are flavorful, look no further. The nutty flavor of the cauliflower complements the delicate and sweet flavor of the shrimp, resulting in a harmonious blend of both light and filling ingredients.

For the Cauliflower and Shrimp Pub Salad recipe, click here.

Provencal Roasted Pepper and Fish Salad

Provencal Roasted Pepper and Fish Salad
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If you’re a pescatarian, chances are you’re always looking for new and yummy ways to get in your protein. This roasted pepper and fish salad is packed with it. For the fish, use a mild option, such as black bass, cod, haddock or tilapia, that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the salad.

For the Provencal Roasted Pepper and Fish Salad recipe, click here.

Watercress and Hearts of Palm Salad With Tahini Dressing

Watercress and Hearts of Palm Salad With Tahini Dressing
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If you find it hard to incorporate veggies into your diet, try making this salad. Watercress leaves (a member of the cabbage family) and hearts of palm (the inner core of specific palm trees) are tossed with a homemade tahini dressing.

For the Watercress and Hearts of Palm Salad With Tahini Dressing recipe, click here.

Vegetable Salad With Peanut Sauce (Gado Gado)

Vegetable Salad With Peanut Sauce (Gado Gado)
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A beloved Indonesian dish, Gado Gado is made by slightly cooking green beans, cauliflower, cabbage and spinach and marinating them in peanut sauce. Serve the salad with crackers or rice.

For the Vegetable Salad With Peanut Sauce (Gado Gado) recipe, click here.

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise Salad
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Nicoise salad, which originated in Nice, France, is traditionally made with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and olives. This recipe adds capers to the mix, adding a briny and salty layer to the dish.

For the Nicoise Salad recipe, click here.

Shrimp Cocktail Salad

Shrimp Cocktail Salad
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Sure, this is a little different than the elements of a traditional salad, but it’s the perfect option when you want something light and refreshing that goes beyond lettuce. Serve the shrimp cocktail over a bed of mixed salad greens and garnish with avocado slices and a lime wedge.

For the Shrimp Cocktail Salad recipe, click here.

Brussels Sprout Salad With Pear and Pomegranate

Brussels Sprout Salad With Pear and Pomegranate
Courtesy of Karen Kelly/Seasonal Cravings

This colorful salad is guaranteed to brighten up your dinner table. Shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped pear, pomegranate seeds and crumbled blue cheese are tossed together for this boldly flavorful salad.

For the Brussels Sprout Salad With Pear and Pomegranate recipe, click here.

Grilled Steak and Potato Salad

Grilled Steak and Potato Salad
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Steak is good anytime and anywhere, but it especially shines when it’s cooked on the grill. For this recipe, add about one pound of top sirloin steaks to the grill with veggies and potatoes. Serve the ingredients over a bed of lettuce when they’re done.

For the Grilled Steak and Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomato Basil Salad
Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

If you’re a tomato lover, then this salad is guaranteed to be a summer staple. The simple dish takes just five minutes to prepare and requires few ingredients. Its bright colors and flavor will serve as a great side dish to hearty entrees like burgers and steak.

For the Tomato Basil Salad recipe, click here.

Spicy Conch Salad

Spicy Conch Salad
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If you love Thai and Thai-inspired food, this salad should be your next go-to. The conch, carrots and cucumber are given a spicy kick by the sauce, which is made from a combination of kimchee sauce, honey, orange juice, lemon juice and sriracha.

For the Spicy Conch Salad recipe, click here.

Panzanella With Grilled Shrimp

Panzanella With Grilled Shrimp
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If you're trying to reduce food waste, skip making your own bread crumbs and just put day old bread cubes into your salad as is. That’s the key to making panzanella, a chopped salad that originated in Italy, which is typically made with tomatoes, cucumber and oil and vinegar. It’s the perfect way to finish off a loaf of bread.

For the Panzanella With Grilled Shrimp recipe, click here.

Arugula Salad With Coppa and Pecorino

Arugula Salad With Coppa and Pecorino
Maryse Chevriere

Salads are great, but sometimes it’s hard to find a recipe for one that doesn’t require a bunch of ingredients. This arugula salad recipe keeps things simple but has the perfect blend of salty, citrusy and sharp flavors.

For the Arugula Salad With Coppa and Pecorino recipe, click here.

Kale, Mango and Avocado Salad

Kale, Mango and Avocado Salad
Yasmin Fahr

If you’ve ever made a kale salad and the lettuce tasted stiff and flavorless, that’s because you’re missing a crucial step: massaging the kale. Mixing the kale with lemon, olive oil and a little salt will make the leaves softer and more flavorful. It’ll taste just like it does at Sweetgreen!

For the Kale, Mango, and Avocado Salad recipe, click here.

Seared Bison Salad

Seared Bison Salad
Jane Bruce

Love beef but looking to lower your calorie count? Try bison. Not only do bison steaks have fewer calories than their beef counterparts, but they’re also rich in selenium, which can combat inflammation. Here, bison is served over a bed of arugula, tomatoes, red onion and bleu cheese.

For the Seared Bison Salad recipe, click here.

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Courtesy of McCormick

Not only is this tomato and cucumber salad delicious, you can use its dressing all summer long on any salad. The blend of pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, honey and lime juice is the perfect mix of sweet, tangy and salty flavors.

For the Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad recipe, click here.

Summer Zucchini Salad

Summer Zucchini Salad
Courtesy of Ready Set Eat

Zucchini is a versatile veggie that can be cooked on the grill, turned into noodles or served in a salad, like it is in this recipe. Toss it with red onion and parmesan cheese for a quick and easy no-cook side.

For the Summer Zucchini Salad recipe, click here.

Vegan Cobb Salad

Vegan Cobb Salad
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

This cobb salad recipe is one of many vegan recipes that will make you want to go plant-based. Forego the hard-boiled eggs and use garbanzo beans as your source of protein.

For the Vegan Cobb Salad recipe, click here.

Greek-Style Vinaigrette

Greek-Style Vinaigrette
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It only takes five ingredients to make a delicious vinaigrette that will complement all of your Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The secret ingredient is Greek oregano, which you can find at most supermarkets and specialty grocery stores.

For the Greek-Style Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Miso Vinaigrette

Miso Vinaigrette
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Miso paste can be used as an ingredient in dressings, sauces, soups and more. It lends a mild sweetness when mixed with other acidic or bitter flavors. For this vinaigrette, white miso paste is mixed with soy sauce and sesame chili oil. Use it in a salad or to add a pop of flavor to fish.

For the Miso Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Honey Lime Vinaigrette
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One reason it’s hard to replicate your favorite restaurant salads at home is that nailing the dressing isn’t easy. This honey lime vinaigrette takes inspiration from Houston’s, a beloved restaurant chain. You’ll never wonder how to make a 5-star dressing ever again.

For the Honey Lime Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Curry Mustard Dressing

Curry Mustard Dressing
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A bold ingredient like dijon mustard will bring a mild-tasting salad to life. Mix it with curry powder to add an earthy element to the dressing.

For the Curry Mustard Dressing recipe, click here.

Asian Vinaigrette

Asian Vinaigrette
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Add this Asian vinaigrette to salads that are loaded with veggies, grains and a light protein like chicken or tofu. If you like things with a little heat, try hot sesame oil instead of regular.

For the Asian Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Italian Vinaigrette

Italian Vinaigrette
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Homemade Italian vinaigrette always will surpass the store-bought stuff, and it’s so easy to make. This recipe goes beyond the predictable oil-and-vinegar combo and instead uses zesty ingredients like lemon, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard.

For the Italian Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Creamy Garlic Dressing

Creamy Garlic Dressing
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This dressing works well on just about any salad. After all, can you ever really go wrong with garlic and cream cheese? If you have any dressing leftover, spread it on a chicken sandwich instead of using plain old mayo.

For the Creamy Garlic Dressing recipe, click here.

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing
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You can find green goddess dressing at just about any supermarket, but the flavors come to life when you make it from scratch with fresh ingredients. Tarragon, parsley and chives give the dressing an fresh, vibrant taste, while the lemon juice, vinegar and anchovies add a tangy kick.

For the Green Goddess Dressing recipe, click here.

Spicy Ranch Dressing

Spicy Ranch Dressing
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Spicy ranch dressing shouldn’t be relegated to just salads. It will add a creamy kick to sandwiches as well, or you can use it as a dipping sauce for french fries, veggies and more.

For the Spicy Ranch Dressing recipe, click here.

Dill Vinaigrette

Dill Vinaigrette
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If you want to add a layer of sweetness to a dish, dill is the perfect ingredient. This vinaigrette will brighten up your summer salads. Drizzle it over a bed of lettuce with tomatoes, cucumber, asparagus and other seasonal delights.

For the Dill Vinaigrette recipe, click here.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto
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Pesto has been all the rage lately and rightfully so. It’s delicious, versatile and oh-so easy to make. This recipe uses garlic scapes (the stalk that grows from hardneck garlic plants), parmesan cheese, lemon juice and crushed red pepper flakes. While not a salad dressing per se, it works well on salads, in pasta and is one of many unexpected ingredients that go great with eggs.

For the Garlic Scape Pesto recipe, click here.

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