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.

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

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

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

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

This sweet and savory fruit salad pairs well with grilled pork, chicken or fish.

From Midwest Living

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint 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

Real Tabbouleh

This classic Greek salad is a fresh, whole grain way to start your meal. If you can't find bulgur, try quinoa or wheat berries instead.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Real Tabbouleh

Crimson Slaw

From Midwest Living

Crimson Slaw

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

Harvest Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

From Midwest Living

Harvest Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

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

Eat-Your-Greens Pizza

Frozen puff pastry pinch-hits for traditional pizza dough here, yielding a flaky, crisp crust. It's topped with a salad's worth of vegetables, along with a bit of smoky ham and nutty Gruyere cheese.

From Midwest Living

Eat-Your-Greens Pizza

Avocado Egg Salad

With plenty of healthy fats and protein, this low carb lunch will keep you full until dinner. Enjoy with a side of fresh fruit.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Avocado Egg Salad

Roasted Vegetable Salad

With the addition of roasted asparagus, this potato salad tossed with spring greens is hearty enough to hold its own alongside grilled steaks, chops, or chicken.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Pile a serving of this Classic Potato Salad on a plate next to a juicy burger and big slice of watermelon for a meal that's summer picnic perfection.

From Midwest Living

Classic Potato Salad

Baked Grapefruit Halves

This low fat, low sodium grapefruit recipe is brunch perfect and a welcome complement to hearty egg and cheese dishes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Grapefruit Halves

Cold Sesame-Almond Noodles

From Family Circle

Cold Sesame-Almond Noodles

Buffalo Chicken Salad

From Family Circle

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Turkey-Cherry Rice Salad

From Family Circle

Turkey-Cherry Rice Salad

Triple Melon Salad

From Family Circle

Triple Melon Salad

Grilled Panzanella Salad

From Family Circle

Grilled Panzanella Salad

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