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.

Watercress, Arugula and Asparagus Salad

With watercress, asparagus, and radishes, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate the onset of spring or a favorite spring holiday. If you prefer your salad greens on the milder side, use baby spinach in place of the arugula.

From Family Circle

Watercress, Arugula and Asparagus 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

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

To give this classic main-dish salad a Heartland twist, we used steak instead of chicken and Maytag blue cheese instead of Roquefort.

From Midwest Living

Midwest-Style Cobb Salad

Sriracha-Lime Ranch Dressing

Smear a bit of this crazy-simple pantry dressing on a chicken sandwich or toss with shredded cabbage for an easy slaw.

From Midwest Living

Sriracha-Lime Ranch Dressing

Fennel Apple Salad

Sweet, aromatic fennel pairs with a favorite fall fruit to make this low-calorie side salad. It makes enough for 12 guests, so it's perfect for a potluck dinner.

From Midwest Living

Fennel Apple Salad

Crimson Slaw

From Midwest Living

Crimson Slaw

The Sticky Pork Tenderloin Naan Sandwich

Change your usual sandwich routine and try this Asian flatbread wrap for lunch or dinner. Just cover grilled pork cutlets with this homemade sesame slaw and banana pepperst o serve.

From Midwest Living

The Sticky Pork Tenderloin Naan Sandwich

Arugula and Pear Salad

Peppery arugula teams up with creamy Gorgonzola and sweet pears for a beautiful start to a stylish dinner party. Hint: Be sure to cook the pancetta or bacon till crispy.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Arugula and Pear Salad

Peanutty Noodles

Cool pasta salad is ideal for work or school lunches! Peanut butter and soy sauce perfectly balance each other in the sweet and salty dressing.

From Parents

Peanutty Noodles

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

If you don't have quinoa in your pantry, wheat berries or barley would also work well in this salad.

From Family Circle

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

Greens and Grain Salad

Wheatberries, lentils, beets, spinach, salmon...it would be tough to pack more superfoods into this salad!

From Family Circle

Greens and Grain Salad

Quinoa with Summer Vegetables and Sausage

Keep your kitchen cool with this fast and filling chicken sausage dinner. All the cooking is done in your microwave.

From Family Circle

Quinoa with Summer Vegetables and Sausage

Escarole-and-Endive Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Trade standard iceberg or romaine for escarole and endive for a more unique salad starter.

From Fitness

Escarole-and-Endive Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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

Mixed Greens with Cardamom-Curry Dressing

This salad can be prepared in 10 minutes. Making the dressing in advance saves additional time and allows the flavors to mellow and blend.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mixed Greens with Cardamom-Curry Dressing

Cauliflower "Couscous"

Mimic the texture and appearance of couscous by pulsing cauliflower in a food processor until crumbly. When it's combined with so many colorful companions, no one will know this recipe is lower in carbs!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower "Couscous"

Caprese Sliders

Grilled tomato slices, mozzarella and basil amp up the Italian flavor in these light vegetarian sliders.

From Family Circle

Caprese Sliders

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

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Toss this light soy-ginger dressing with a bag of slaw mix and roasted peanuts for a nutritious side dish on stir-fry night. The recipe uses canola oil and sesame oil, which are both good choices as part of a balanced diet.

From Midwest Living

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

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

Broccoli Grape Salad

Lyndy Ireland of Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast in South Dakota uses grapes instead of raisins for a fresh twist on traditional broccoli raisin salad.

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

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder and cumin flavor this hearty, nutritious Tex-Mex dish from The Spice House in Milwaukee.

From Midwest Living

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Grain salads can sometimes be a bit heavy, but this one is surprisingly light-tasting, thanks to a tangy yogurt-mint dressing, crisp apple chunks and fresh spinach.

From Midwest Living

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

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