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.

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

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.

From Midwest Living

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables

From Midwest Living

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables

Chicken Taco Salad

You're just 20 minutes away from serving this colorful, crowd-pleasing Mexican salad. Servings vegetarians? Try black beans instead of chicken.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Taco Salad

North Caroline-Style Pulled Pork with Lexington-Style Vinegar Sauce

North Carolina boasts two distinct different styles of barbecue. To the east of Raleigh, barbecue means pulled pork doused with a tangy vinegar-base sauce. To Raleigh's west, the pulled pork is served with a darker, sweeter tomato-base sauce. To keep that sweet hickory smoke coming, be sure to presoak your wood chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

North Caroline-Style Pulled Pork with Lexington-Style Vinegar Sauce

Simple Spinach Salad

Baby spinach is really a convenience product. There is no need to remove its tender stems like you must with "grownup" spinach. This light and lovely three-ingredient dressing is all that healthful greens such as baby spinach need.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Simple Spinach 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

Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Introduce three unusual fall fruits to your family by serving this superlative salad. When ripe, Fuju persimmons are bright reddish orange, but still quite firm. If desired, substitute two pink or red grapefruit for the oranges.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Spicy Ginger-Carrot Slaw

Fragrant fresh ginger lends its signature flavor to this enticingly sweet and crunchy carrot and cabbage slaw. When buying ginger roots, look for smooth skin (wrinkled skin denotes a root that is past its prime), and a fresh, spicy aroma. Store, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Ginger-Carrot Slaw

Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Hearty, rich cannellini beans help make this refreshing salad both nutritious and satisfying, while a tangy, tarragon-infused French dressing provides incredible flavor to the wonderfully vibrant dish. When buying fresh green beans, look for slender beans that are crisp, brightly colored, and free of blemishes. Store in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to 5 days.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Watermelon Salad

Rich, tangy, and a little bit salty, crumbled feta cheese adds depth of flavor to this incredibly creative fruit salad. When buying watermelon, look for those that are symmetrical, with no flattened sides. The rind should be dull, not shiny, and just barely yield to pressure.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Watermelon Salad

Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad

This gorgeous, colorful slaw bursts with good-for-you ingredients, and weighs in at a mere 118 calories per serving. When prepping beets, wear disposable gloves and an apron to prevent beet juice from staining your fingers and clothes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad

Potato-Cauliflower Salad

Sharp, tangy, and a little bit smoky, this stellar potato salad -- featuring crisp bacon and blue cheese -- is more than just the usual picnic fare. The brilliant addition of nutrient-rich cauliflower is inspired, making this dish truly extraordinary. Choose cauliflower that is firm, with compact florets; the leaves should be crisp and green, with no sign of yellowing. Refrigerate raw, tightly wrapped, for 3-5 days.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Potato-Cauliflower Salad

Chilled Sweet Potato Salad

Tangy and sweet, rich and peppery, this brilliant potato salad offers an incredible alternative to the usual picnic fare. High in nutrients and amazingly low in calories, this is a phenomenal side perfectly suited to almost any meal. When purchasing sweet potatoes, look for smooth, unblemished skins. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chilled Sweet Potato Salad

Fresh Corn Salad

Bright, juicy tomatoes, crisp bell peppers, and crunchy cucumber provide a perfect medley of flavor and texture, beautifully complementing the sweet grilled corn in this refreshing summer salad. Pair with a succulent grilled steak, or blackened sea bass.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Corn Salad

Turkey, Pear and Cheese Salad

Lean turkey, crisp pears, and smoky provolone cheese are beautifully complemented by a sweet and tangy cider vinaigrette in this amazing arugula salad. When buying pears, look for fruit that is fragrant and free of blemishes; any variety will work wonderfully. Comice pears are especially sweet, while Bartletts have the strongest signature "pear" flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey, Pear and Cheese Salad

Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

Fresh, seasonal vegetables shine in this simple no-cook salad featuring zucchini, carrots, and red onion.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

Rich in vitamins and minerals, this brilliant summer salad is a wholly satisfying low-calorie stunner. Serve alongside juicy chicken or a succulent steak, or top with grilled shrimp for a healthy complete meal in only half an hour!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

Farm Salad with Sweet Peppers and Sage Croutons

A tart and tangy apple cider vinaigrette provides beautiful balance to this salad of sweet peppers, fresh greens and earthy sage. Toasted garlic-sage croutons add depth of flavor as well as fabulous texture. Add dressing just before serving.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Farm Salad with Sweet Peppers and Sage Croutons

Stephanie Izard's Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Rhubarb Salad

Grilled asparagus is beautifully complemented by tart rhubarb, tangy goat cheese and rich, sweet balsamic vinegar in this creative, elegant salad. Peppery arugula and toasted almonds round out the flavors, and provide wonderful texture. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Stephanie Izard's Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Rhubarb Salad

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Brightly sweet kiwi provides a vibrant counterpoint to the salty pancetta, spicy jalapeno, and rich, buttery avocado in this uniquely tasty dish. A drizzle of balsamic glaze provides the perfect finishing touch. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Vegetable Salad with Jalapeņo Vinaigrette

This dinner salad is a perfect summer dish, though you can make it any time of year with frozen sweet corn. If Cotija cheese, a Mexican-style crumbly cheese, isn't available, try crumbled goat cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable Salad with Jalapeņo Vinaigrette

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, 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

Spinach Salad

Round out any lunch or dinner with this low-calorie vegetable salad that comes together in just 60 seconds.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach Salad

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