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.

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

This flavorful side dish pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or pork and makes the most of some favorite summer vegetables. Adjust the amount of jalepeņo to make the dressing more (or less) spicy.

From Fitness

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

Potato and Green Bean Salad

Pair two summer produce staples to make this delicious side dish. Bring it to a potluck, serve it alongside burgers, or add in white beans for a vegetarian main dish.

From Midwest Living

Potato and Green Bean 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

Moo Shu Chicken Salad

By using rotisserie chicken and bottled stir-fry sauce, this tasty dinner comes together in just 5 minutes. Talk about fast food!

From Family Circle

Moo Shu Chicken 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

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

Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

With ample protein from the fish and vitamins from the veggies, this dinner dish is clean and lean. Try baby kale in place of the spinach as a delicious variation.

From Diabetic Living

Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Try this modern take on potato salad that has lean protein and vegetables included in the mix. Serve it up as a nutritious dinner option, or bring it to a potluck with friends.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Warm Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Salad

Yukon gold potatoes are naturally creamy and rich, making them an ideal ingredient to use when watching calories. Pair them with sweet potatoes for a dose of vitamins A and C.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Salad

Warm Fajita Salad

With all of the classic Mexican flavors of fajitas, this dinner salad is better than takeout. Serve it up whenever a craving for spicy food hits.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Fajita Salad

Sugar Snap Salad

Sweet, edible-podded peas make a bright, crisp and colorful salad, which is easily varied by substituting shallots for scallions or adding asparagus to the mix.

From EatingWell

Sugar Snap Salad

Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables

Grilled vegetables add a layer of rich, complex flavors to the popular Middle Eastern salad of bulgur and herbs. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread or use as a sandwich filling.

From EatingWell

Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and textures. Savory black olives, sweet orange slices and crisp, licorice-flavored fennel balance the slightly bitter tastes of chicory, radicchio and Belgian endive.

From EatingWell

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

Beets & Greens Salad with Cannellini Beans

Sometimes beets in the market have beautiful, unblemished, tender greens attached. When that happens, blanch the greens and toss with beans and vinaigrette, using some of the beets to garnish the salad, as in this recipe. Use the leftover cooked beets for other dishes. If you buy beet greens on their own, you can make the salad just with them. Either way is delicious.

From EatingWell

Beets & Greens Salad with Cannellini Beans

Warm Salad of Greens, Italian Sausage & Potatoes

For a milder flavor, substitute escarole or Swiss chard for the mustard greens or kale (add them with the potatoes).

From EatingWell

Warm Salad of Greens, Italian Sausage & Potatoes

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Souffles on a Bed of Mixed Greens

If you'd love to wow your guests with a souffle, but can't stand the last-minute heat, this is your recipe. The souffles bake once, fall, and revive on a second round in the oven. They emerge modestly puffed, soft and tender. If you are entertaining a group, the recipe can be easily doubled.

From EatingWell

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Souffles on a Bed of Mixed Greens

Salad of Boston Lettuce with Creamy Orange-Shallot Dressing

Light mayonnaise makes a velvety base for this zesty dressing, which can easily be doubled if you want enough for another meal later in the week.

From EatingWell

Salad of Boston Lettuce with Creamy Orange-Shallot Dressing

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Colorful tropical fruit contrasts with slightly bitter salad greens and fresh tuna steak to make a refreshing main-dish salad. Good-quality tuna is key to the success of this recipe. The secret to buying fresh fish is to ask to smell it: the tuna should smell briny, clean and fresh, like the ocean on a spring morning, not like the tidal flats on a hot summer afternoon. Do not use fresh pineapple juice, which has an enzyme that "cooks" the fish as it marinates.

From EatingWell

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Margarita Shrimp Salad

The flavors of a margarita - tequila, orange and lime - are blended in a tossed salad of fresh shrimp, diced avocado and sliced red onion, spiked with a creamy, spicy sour cream dressing. Don't shy away from avocados because they're high in calories - avocados are rich in good, heart-healthy fat, as well as vitamin E, folate, potassium and other important nutrients.

From EatingWell

Margarita Shrimp Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Balsamic vinegar, strawberries and black pepper are a classic Italian trio: spicy and sweet, refined and earthy. Here they combine in a delicious dinner salad, topped with grilled chicken and toasted almonds. This dressing is also great on a salad of arugula, goat cheese and pecans.

From EatingWell

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Pureed strawberries make a distinctive base for a colorful salad dressing with a creamy consistency, and you still get the nutritional benefits-fiber, vitamin C, heart-healthy phytonutrients-of eating the whole berries.

From EatingWell

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Light Salade aux Lardons

This French bistro salad is usually made with fatty bacon from the pig's belly. With Canadian bacon, it's lighter, leaner and just as tasty. You can cut down on the salt by parboiling the bacon for 1 minute before dicing. A poached egg nestled into the greens completes the dish--and turns it into a substantial brunch or supper.

From EatingWell

Light Salade aux Lardons

Japanese-Inspired Beef & Noodle Salad

Sirloin steak, soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles) and shredded carrots make this healthful, aromatic salad a sophisticated treat any night of the week.

From EatingWell

Japanese-Inspired Beef & Noodle Salad

Asian Slaw with Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms

A simple slaw is given an Asian twist with bok choy, napa cabbage and a soy-wasabi dressing. The vibrant flavors and rich textures make this a great introduction to tofu for novices and skeptics.

From EatingWell

Asian Slaw with Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms

Tomato-Herb Dressing

Tomato juice replaces much of the oil and helps this French-style dressing coat the salad greens. In addition to crisp lettuce salads, it is delicious with grilled vegetables and bean or pasta salads.

From EatingWell

Tomato-Herb Dressing

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