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

Farro, Herb, and Vegetable Salad

Martha Stewart

Combine farro, herbs, and vegetable to make a healthy and delicious salad perfect for entertaining.

Asian Coleslaw

Diabetic Living

Skip the mayonnaise base and swap in a light sesame ginger salad dressing instead.

Caribbean Couscous Salad

Diabetic Living

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

Chicken, Greens, and Brie

Better Homes and Gardens

Marsala wine, an Italian fortified wine, has a higher alcohol content than most wine. Much of the alcohol cooks off in this quick and easy dish, but the flavor remains.

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

Gorgonzola and Honey Pear en Croute Salad

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

This restaurant-style salad is sure to impress your guests...but it's so easy to make, you can enjoy it anytime!

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Italian Basil, Tomato, and Pasta Salad

Midwest Living

This fresh side salad recipe, perfect for a potluck or cookout, uses lots of basil. Make it when basil is in full supply, in the garden or at the market, during the height of summer.

Joyful Greetings Salad

Midwest Living

Crispy Snow Pea and Fennel Slaw

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 40 mins
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