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.

Basic Chicken Salad

Lemon juice, fresh green onion, and parsley keep this basic chicken salad far from ho-hum. Try it over greens for a dinner salad or sandwiched between your favorite bread or roll for a simple meal.

From Midwest Living

Basic Chicken Salad

Zucchini Salad

Thinly sliced zucchini forms the base of this low-carb salad that pairs well with any grilled meat or poultry. Serve when the ubiquitous summer vegetable is at its peak.

From Family Circle

Zucchini Salad

Thai Beef Salad

This main dish salad is better than takeout with its fresh ingredients and crave-worthy flavors. Try it the next time your family needs an escape from the standard dinner fare.

From Family Circle

Thai Beef Salad

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

Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

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

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

Grilled BLT Skewers

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled BLT Skewers

Wilted Greens and Egg Salad

Quick, delicious, and healthy, this dish is a great weeknight dinner option┐or a nutritious way to kick start your day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wilted Greens and Egg Salad

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

With just 6 flavorful ingredients, you can serve up this pasta salad for a quick weeknight meal. Try penne, small shells, or rotinia pasta instead of elbow if that's what you have on hand.

From Midwest Living

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Ravioli and Greens Salad

This tortellini and vegetable salad recipe features a vinaigrette that has very little oil but tons of flavor.

From Midwest Living

Ravioli and Greens 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

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

This side salad includes an unusual blend of ingredients that complement each other well.

From Midwest Living

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

Kale & Fruit Salad

From Parents

Kale & Fruit Salad

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Two favorite dishes come together in this comforting pasta dish. Serve it at a potluck, a picnic, or as a family dinner any night of the week.

From Midwest Living

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

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

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