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.

Chicken Spinach and Pasta Salad

Pasta salad isn't always a creamy concoction. Here's proof you can try at your next picnic! A vibrant mix of spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken and penne is topped with a light balsamic dressing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Spinach and Pasta Salad

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

This superfood salad is far from a boring bowl of leafy greens. Tender slow cooked beets and quinoa only get tastier with a drizzle of honey-citrus dressing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Quinoa Salad with Slow Cooker Beets, Oranges and Fennel

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Fresh herbs and curry powder accent the dressing for this contemporary twist on classic tuna salad. Serve it in on whole grain bread.

From Midwest Living

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greek Chicken- Quinoa Salad

This whole grain chicken salad is the perfect weekday lunch or dinner—it takes just 10 minutes to prepare! And if you're not a fan of mayonnaise, this "pasta salad" is for you.

From Family Circle

Greek Chicken- Quinoa Salad

Power Kale Salad

Colorful and chockful of superfoods, this Power Kale Salad acts as a starter salad and dinner in one—just add a whole-wheat roll. Baked chicken gives this meal real staying power.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Power Kale Salad

Maple-Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprout Salad

A shredded Brussels Sprout Salad is the perfect accompaniment to this spicy-yet-sweet baked salmon. Serve with a side of ride or pasta.

From Fitness

Maple-Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprout Salad

Steak and Sautéed Kale with Miso Dressing

Sautéing kale tenderizes the leaves and removes the sometimes bitter taste. Toss the greens with tomatoes and grilled steak for a fast, filling and antioxidant-packed meal.

From Fitness

Steak and Sautéed Kale with Miso Dressing

Turkey Salad with Oranges

Keep your kitchen cool by mixing up this no-cook Asian salad for lunch or dinner. The oranges add an unexpected tart touch to the peppery arugala salad.

From Diabetic Living

Turkey Salad with Oranges

Fresh Green Bean Salad

Steam fresh beans in your microwave, mix with a few other vegetables, then top with a slightly spicy dressing for a summery side dish.

From Diabetic Living

Fresh Green Bean Salad

Roasted Root and Kale Salad

Bacon and dried currants add salty and sweet elements to this superfood salad. Top with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp to make it a meal.

From Parents

Roasted Root and Kale Salad

Turkey Taco Salad

Compared to the greasy dish served at many Mexican restaurants, this light Turkey Taco Salad is a dieter's dream. Instead of calorie-laden dressing, top with more tasty tomato salsa.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Taco Salad

Superfoods Salad

Toasted walnuts and goat cheese top this ridiculously healthy spinach and berry salad (translation: this vegetarian lunch also tastes ridiculously delicious).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Superfoods Salad

Spinach Pasta Salad

Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool side-dish salad.

From Midwest Living

Spinach Pasta Salad

Strawberry-Beet Salad

Beets are having a moment. Toss the trendy, tasty vegetables with peppery arugula, sweet strawberries and creamy goat cheese for a fresh take on a starter salad.

From Diabetic Living

Strawberry-Beet Salad

Oven-Fried Zucchini Fries with Herbed Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Bored with French fries and ketchup? Coat zucchini sticks in buttermilk and bread crumbs, then bake and serve with homemade Herbed Buttermilk Dipping Sauce. The result: A side dish with just as much flavor and way fewer calories.

From Diabetic Living

Oven-Fried Zucchini Fries with Herbed Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Fresh Asparagus Ribbon Salad

Celebrate spring with this fresh shaved asparagus salad. Use a vegetable peeler to make pretty ribbons in seconds.

From Diabetic Living

Fresh Asparagus Ribbon Salad

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