Everyone remembers a special salad that showed up at family gatherings year after year. Maybe in your family, it was a classic Waldorf studded with celery and crunchy apples, or a bowl full of iceberg lettuce drizzled with blue cheese - or perhaps an eccentric aunt always brought a Jell-O mold studded with pineapple and cottage cheese. Salads are an integral part of most meals. Fresh veggies and crisp greens provide balance to rich foods like mac and cheese, while creamy mayonnaise-based salads and slaws give great contrast to roasted and barbecued meats. Lunchtime calls out for some of your favorite salad recipes: potato salad, chicken salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, egg salad - wouldn't your life be bleak without them? Consider learning to make your own salad dressings instead of defaulting to store-bought bottles - it's not only cheaper, but much more flavorful. Most, including basic vinaigrette, take only minutes to put together.

See Popular Salad Recipes

Spring Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, this easy chicken salad is so delicious your family won't realize how good it is for them.

Total: 35 mins

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

Midwest Living

Greek Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Bring a little Mediterranean to the table with this classic Greek salad recipe. It's quick and easy using deli chicken and mixed salad greens, ready in under 30 minutes.

Total: 15 mins

Lemony Italian Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this large salad when entertaining. It would go well with grilled meats.

Autumn Succotash Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

You can serve this easy vegetable side dish at room temperature or chilled. Try it with beef, chicken, or fish.

Total: 25 mins

Summer Slaw with Pistachio Dressing

Ladies' Home Journal

Serve this colorful and crunchy side dish at your next backyard barbecue. It's also easy to tote to potlucks or any other outdoor gatherings.

Total: 35 mins

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Midwest Living

Choose a variety of heirloom and farmstead tomatoes for this recipe. Prepare them whole, sliced, and cut in wedges to make a colorful salad.

Sesame Chicken Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

For this European-style main dish salad recipe, mix strips of cooked chicken, crisp radishes, baby corn, and green onions. Toss with a dressing of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds.

Total: 20 mins

Asian Coleslaw

Diabetic Living

Caribbean Couscous Salad

Diabetic Living

Mango Chicken Salad

Midwest Living

This main-dish chicken, pecan and bacon salad makes a spectacular dinner to serve guests, especially when it's topped with the bright orange mango dressing.

Total: 35 mins

Green Apple Slaw

Diabetic Living

Chicken and Nectarine Salad

Diabetic Living

Charred Fava Bean Salad with Lemon and Tarragon

Food & Wine

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. Jean-Georges Vongerichten tosses the charred beans with garlic, jalapeno, tarragon, and cubes of cheese for a warm salad.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Coleslaw Deluxe

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Aw...go ahead! Enjoy a second helping of our lightened slaw. It's mixed with perfectly seasoned reduced-fat dressing and plenty of fresh, healthy vegetables.

Total: 45 mins
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