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.

Asian Chicken Salad

This Asian-inspired main dish chicken salad can be served cold or warm.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Chicken Salad

Green Monster Salad

Kale, spinach, romaine or iceberg would all work well as the base for this crunchy green salad.

From Parents

Green Monster Salad

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews

From Better Homes and Gardens

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews

Christmas Ribbon Salad

Layers of sparkling green and red gelatin surround the creamy lemon layer in this pretty side salad recipe.

From Diabetic Living

Christmas Ribbon Salad

Spicy Carrot Chicken Salad

This looks like your traditional chicken salad sandwich, but it's hiding a couple standout ingredients: harissa paste (for a bit of spice) and roasted carrots (for some sweetness)!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Carrot Chicken Salad

Vietnamese-Style Carrot Salad

Quick pickled carrots and cucumbers stand up well to the rich and savory pork loin in this Asian-inspired salad.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vietnamese-Style Carrot Salad

Creamy BLT Coleslaw

The additions of crisp, crumbled bacon and crunchy sunflower seeds nearly makes this creamy slaw a meal in itself. Store any remaining sunflower seeds, tightly bagged, in the refrigerator to keep them fresh-tasting for up to 3 months.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy BLT Coleslaw

Hot German-Style Potato Salad

From Diabetic Living

Hot German-Style Potato Salad

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Wheat berries are nutty and slightly chewy, making them a comforting and nutritious addition to any meal. Can't find them near you? Substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

Goat cheese or even shaved Parmesan would taste scrumptious on this chicken salad if you're not a fan of feta.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

Orange Crush

Chow-mein noodles add crunch to this orange and lettuce side dish salad.

From Parents

Orange Crush

Fruity Chicken Salad

A sweet apple juice dressing is tossed with chicken, fruit, and nuts for this main dish salad.

From Parents

Fruity Chicken Salad

BLT in a Bowl

Croutons provide the bread for this bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad. Serve it for lunch on a hot summer day.

From Parents

BLT in a Bowl

Kiddie Cobb

Turkey, cheese, avocado, grapes, and chickpeas get their own row on top of lettuce for this colorful main dish salad.

From Parents

Kiddie Cobb

Pinwheel Salad

Arrange the fresh vegetables in the shape of a pinwheel for a colorful snack that kids will want to eat.

From Parents

Pinwheel Salad

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

This five-ingredient beef and broccoli main-dish recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Bottled ginger salad dressing makes a simple and delicious sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

From Midwest Living

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

10-Minute Gyros

Seasoned beef strips are topped with a cool cucumber topper to make this quick dinner.

From Parents

10-Minute Gyros

Thai Beef Salad

Toss deli roast beef with coleslaw mix and a quick dressing for a dinner that's ready in minutes. Fried onions add a fun topper to the salad.

From Parents

Thai Beef Salad

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Cinnamon and cayenne pepper coat the baked pecans that top this fruit and feta cheese side salad.

From Midwest Living

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Crimson Slaw

From Midwest Living

Crimson Slaw

Roasted Kale Tomato and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

Make a big batch of this kale salad—it tastes just as good cold from the fridge the next day as it will hot from the pan tonight.

From Midwest Living

Roasted Kale Tomato and Chickpea Salad with Wheat Berries

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

This unique Asian-flavored recipe combines chicken, cabbage and crunchy ramen noodles with a sweet-and-salty dressing.

From Midwest Living

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

Nori-Wrapped Arctic Char with Pickled Beet and Carrot Salad

From Diabetic Living

Nori-Wrapped Arctic Char with Pickled Beet and Carrot Salad

New Potato Salad

This low-carb potato salad recipe, ideal for potlucks, has just 3 grams of fat per serving. Serve it for diabetic meal plans along with burgers, chicken, and other grilled favorites.

From Diabetic Living

New Potato Salad

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