Popular Salad Recipes

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.

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

From Better Homes and Gardens

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Chewy grains are a nice complement to the leafy greens in this salad. Fresh apples and red onion add crunch.

From Midwest Living

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

This easy summer salad pairs the textures and flavors of buttery, slightly sweet and crisp Boston lettuce with grilled warm peaches and crunchy nuts.

From Midwest Living

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder, hot pepper sauce, and jalapenos provide the spicy heat for this healthy, high-fiber side dish.

From Midwest Living

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Broccoli Grape Salad

This cold and crunchy side salad is a great one to bring to a potluck. It makes enough for 10-12 people.

From Midwest Living

Broccoli Grape Salad

Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

This side-dish salad tastes great with burgers or pulled pork sandwiches. Or you can toss the slaw with shredded chicken or chopped cooked ham for a main-dish salad.

From Midwest Living

Garden Slaw with Spicy Asian Dressing

Spinach Pasta Salad

Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool side-dish salad.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach Pasta Salad

Orange Tabbouleh

Make this flavorful salad in just 30 minutes. Nutritious and nutty bulgur wheat is a perfect complement to navel orange slices, peas, and fresh herbs.

From Midwest Living

Orange Tabbouleh

Apple, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad

Enjoy bright flavors in this apple, celery root and fennel salad. It's an easy side salad or make-ahead lunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apple, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad

Chicken Salad Panini Sandwiches

Grilling these panini sandwiches makes the fresh greens more tender. Plus, the provolone cheese melts and acts as glue for the chicken, fennel and roasted red peppers.

From Diabetic Living

Chicken Salad Panini Sandwiches

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

The sweet tang of this rosy dressing pairs nicely with nuts, cheese, avocado or grilled chicken breast in a mixed green salad. A full 2 cups of strawberries boost the dressing's vitamin C and fiber, while the olive oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that fights inflammation and protects against heart disease.

From Midwest Living

Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Try this creamy blend on a green salad with chicken or shrimp, or use it in a pasta salad with cherry tomatoes. We also like it drizzled over grilled or steamed asparagus. Although this dressing tastes creamy, you won't miss the fat because you get rich flavor from the pesto, while Greek yogurt adds protein and calcium.

From Midwest Living

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Chives, lovage, sorrel, tarragon, dill weed, and curry powder accent the dressing for this upscale tuna salad. Serve it in a fresh sweet pepper or on whole grain bread.

From Midwest Living

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

For this low-calorie dinner, the fish is grilled and served over couscous. A light vinaigrette is drizzled over it all to complete the dish.

From Midwest Living

Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

Sweet and Spicy Steak Salad

From Midwest Living

Sweet and Spicy Steak Salad

Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw

Perfect for lunch at home or on the go, this cheesy tilapia panini packs a punch. Add a side of apple-carrot slaw for a healthy meal that's simple to make.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw

Apple-Brat Burgers

Homemade burgers and creamy apple slaw combine for a tasty meal that's perfect for grilling season.

From Diabetic Living

Apple-Brat Burgers

Apple-Tomato Salad

Take a break from standard salads with this flavorful apple-tomato version. Try it for a fresh lunch or as an easy appetizer before dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Apple-Tomato Salad

Turkey and Mango Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette

Mango chutney vinaigrette gives this light yet filling turkey dish a sweet tang. Serve it as a protein-packed dinner, or serve up smaller portions for an appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Turkey and Mango Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette

Pork Chimichurri Salad

From National Pork Board

Pork Chimichurri Salad

Five-Spice Pork and Apple Salad

From National Pork Board

Five-Spice Pork and Apple Salad

Chicken "Brats" with Apple Slaw

Top chicken sausages with spicy mustard-glazed cabbage to make these deliciously tangy brats. Strips of Granny Smith apples add unexpected sweetness.

From Diabetic Living

Chicken "Brats" with Apple Slaw

Tropical Chicken Salad Wraps

Go low-carb at lunch by serving this fruity chicken salad inside big lettuce leaves, or alongside sweet potato or squash.

From Diabetic Living

Tropical Chicken Salad Wraps

Roasted Radishes with Chive Vinaigrette

Accentuate the natural sweetness of radishes by roasting at a high heat and finishing with a drizzle of white wine vinaigrette.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Radishes with Chive Vinaigrette

Quinoa Salad with Seared Tuna

Protein-packed quinoa gets the Mediterranean treatment when combined with tomato, cucumber and feta cheese.

From Diabetic Living

Quinoa Salad with Seared Tuna

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