50 Sensational Salad Recipes
April 9, 2015
Salad doesn’t have to be a boring mix of lettuce and vegetables
50 Sensational Salad Recipes
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.
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.
The traditional starter to Greek meals, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and feta cheese are topped with a simple vinaigrette seasoned with dried oregano.
The original Caesar salad is thought to have been invented in Tijuana by an Italian immigrant. Although the classic Caesar salad dressing contains coddled egg yolks, this version lasts a little longer in the fridge because it’s made with mayonnaise instead.
Created at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (later the Waldorf-Astoria), probably by the dining room's famed maître d'hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad is a chopped salad of apples, celery, and walnuts dressed with mayonnaise.
Utilize pantry staples like olives, artichoke hearts, and cannellini beans to bulk up this Mason-jar-ready Mediterranean salad.
Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues Salad
Use up the best ingredients that summer has to offer, like fresh corn, tomatoes, and blueberries, in this simple Bibb lettuce salad.
Pear, Turnip, and Pecorino Pepato Salad
When thinly sliced, baby turnips (in season throughout the summer) are tender enough to eat raw. Slightly bitter dandelion greens offset the sweet fresh pears, and a bit of lemon juice with good olive oil is all you need to complete this salad.
Apple, Beet, and Carrot Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing
Apples, beets, and carrots sit on a bed of baby spinach, all topped with pomegranate-honey balsamic dressing and crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Spicy Sesame Salad
Instead of the usual lettuce base, this salad is made up of crunchy sliced Savoy cabbage, carrots, and jicama. Spicy wasabi-sesame topping offsets the sweet maple-tamari dressing.
Shredded Kale Salad with Date Purée & Pine Nuts
Raw kale, normally tough and chewy, becomes more edible when thinly shredded into a chiffonade. Date purée adds a level of sweetness to this very savory salad.
Raw Beet & Cherry Tomato Salad with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts
Slightly sweet and earthy raw beets are paired with Champagne vinegar and sharp manchego cheese for a simple, yet non-traditional salad.
Tomatokeftedes and Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad
Swap out bulgur for cauliflower “rice” in this grain-free take on the traditional Mediterranean tabouleh salad.
Summer Pasta Salad
The perfect addition to any summer picnic or barbecue, this summer pasta salad is topped with a slightly spicy ginger-soy dressing.
Classic Potato Salad
Potato salad is a must at summer cookouts. This version adds celery and celery seed for crunch and extra bright celery flavor.
Tuna Salad with Cucumber, Cranberries, and Pecans
A step up from the tuna salad you brought with you to school; cucumber, cranberries, and pecans add crunch and sweet-tart flavors to the mix.
‘Deviled’ Egg Salad
This egg salad is everything you want from deviled eggs without the annoyance of filling individual hard-boiled egg halves.
Fast ‘n’ Fresh Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich
This lightened up version of chicken salad uses a combination of nonfat Greek yogurt and nonfat mayo, and adds in lots of flavors and textures with curry powder, carrots, grapes, celery, raisins, and almonds.
Autumn Pear Salad
A healthy addition to every holiday table, this fall salad showcases in-season pears.
Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Holiday Salad
Super-tart cranberries are in season throughout the winter and make a wonderful addition to this lentil-kale salad.
Rainbow of Carrots Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Baby carrots, radishes, and fava beans are best throughout the spring; use jarred roasted red peppers mixed with honey for a sweet salad dressing.
Lemony Asparagus Salad
Although asparagus is often cooked before serving, it has a lovely crunch when thinly sliced and served with a lemon-mint dressing.
Grilled Eggplant and Quinoa Salad
Top grilled eggplant and quinoa with tahini dressing for a simple salad. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and has a consistency similar to nut butters; the paste hardens slightly when you add acid like lemon juice, but becomes smooth again with the addition of some water, making it a perfectly portable dressing.
Crunchy Quinoa and Cabbage Salad
Whole toasted mustard seeds add a pop of heat to the plum vinaigrette in this nutty tricolor quinoa salad.
Quinoa Salad with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Pepitas
Double up on plant protein with quinoa and chickpeas in this vegetable-packed salad perfect for Meatless Monday.
Quinoa with Watercress, Pears, and Pomegranates
Nutty walnuts, sweet pears, tart pomegranate seeds, and peppery watercress combine for a flavorful salad that works as a meal on its own or as a side dish.
Quinoa Vegetable Salad
Ginger, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, and sesame oil make a flavorful dressing for this vegetable quinoa salad. Although it calls for snap peas, mushrooms, and bell peppers, you can sub in any other vegetables that you have on hand.
Farro and Grilled Corn Summer Salad
Whether you serve it hot or cold, this corn and farro salad will be a hit at your next summer party.
Bulgur Salad with Cranberries and Brussels Sprouts
Sweet and tart dried cranberries and slightly bitter Brussels sprouts are the base for this quick and easy seasonal salad. Bulgur is par-cooked cracked wheat that cooks in just about 10 minutes, which makes this dish perfect for a light lunch or as a hearty side dish.
Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta
This crunchy salad mixes brown rice, lentils, sweet pepper, zucchini, and feta with a simple thyme-red wine vinaigrette. Brown rice is nuttier and chewier (and more nutritious) than white rice because it still has the bran and germ, which are removed to make white rice.
Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Wheat Berry Salad
Wheat berries are a variety of whole wheat that have a nutty taste and pop in your mouth when you eat them. Because they take a long time to cook (usually about 50 minutes), make a batch at the beginning of the week and try it out with different vegetables and salad dressings.
Barley Salad with Grapes and Pecans
Pearl barley is slightly chewy and nutty. Pecans enhance the nutty flavors and grapes add a burst of sweetness to this simple side salad.
Maine Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Tarragon-Citrus Vinaigrette
Bitter greens like frisée and endives pair well with rich lobster and fruity citrus in a fresh take on lobster salad.
Seared Ahi Salad
Choose high-quality ahi tuna to use for this salad — it’s quickly seared on the outside but completely raw on the inside.
Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing
If chilled salmon isn’t for you, serve your poached salmon warm with the arugula salad and honey-yogurt dressing.
Salmon with Chesapeake Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Pop quick-marinated salmon under the broiler for a few minutes while you mix together the vegetable salad. Dinner will be on the table in less than an hour.
Thai Steak Salad with Cold Noodles
This hearty steak salad hits all of the flavor notes with chopped mangoes, roasted peanuts, blue cheese, and a ginger-peanut soy vinaigrette.
Watermelon Kale Salad
Quick-pickled onions balance out the super sweet flavor of summer-fresh watermelon in this kale salad.
Beet Pasta with Blood Orange, Honey Walnuts, and Crispy Kale
Roasting an orange enhances its sweet flavors, which pair perfectly with earthy-sweet beets in this roasted kale salad.
Dried Plum, Tomato, and Feta Salad
Dried plums add a level of sweetness to this fresh take on the Greek salad.
This orange-fennel salad is a Sicilian classic and can change depending on what you have in the house: sub salty olives for the walnuts, or throw in some pomegranate seeds if they’re in season.
Fruit Salad with Herb Syrup Recipe
Classic fruit salad is enhanced with an easy herbed simple syrup. Although the recipe calls for mint or rosemary, you can make the syrup with fresh basil and pour it over fresh summer berries.