101 Best Salad Recipes

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The word “salad” reminds us of greens, greens, and more greens. But, if you are a salad lover then you know it is so not true.

A typical salad consists of nutritious and delicious contents. It can be fresh veggies, herbs, or even chicken, bacon, shrimps, and so many other healthy items. The best part of a salad is it does not have a “specific” way of cooking. It all depends on the eater’s desires.

But, one should have the idea of “what goes with what”. So, here is a list of varieties of salads that you can try out. Buckle up vegans and meat-lovers ’cause you are gonna enter the world of salads!

101 Best Salad Recipes

Veg

1. Summer Asian Slaw

via loveandlemons

This jam-packed Asian slaw has multiple flavors- juicy, sweet, bitter, spicy, crunchy- you name it you have it. It is a healthy vegan summer salad that is sure to make you drool. 

2. Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad

via cookieandkate

This delizioso Italian chopped salad won’t make you miss the meat. It has the usual ingredients like lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, peppers, radicchio, and of course cheese but you can also add some not-so-common chickpeas and celery. 

3. Broccoli Salad

via loveandlemons

This lightly creamy, slightly tangy, fresh, and healthy broccoli salad will make you fall in love with the good ol’ broccoli. A classic summer salad for all the vegans out there.

4. Romaine Salad with Quinoa

via cookieandkate

This big colorful bowl of healthy ingredients like romaine, radishes, carrots, sunflower seeds, quinoa, and dried cranberries is the perfect packed meal. Make it vegan by replacing honey with maple syrup.

5. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

via loveandlemons

A wintry morning calls for Brussel sprouts! This easy 7-ingredients shaved Brussel sprouts salad is the perfect go-to meal or a healthy lunch. The oh-so-yummy combo of cranberries, tart, lemon and salty cheese is to drool for!

6. Chickpea Salad 

via cookieandkate

This nutritious chickpea salad is the perfect balanced meal you are looking for. Toss some vinaigrette and fresh veggies, and enjoy this healthy item.

7.  Fresh & Easy Pasta Salad

via loveandlemons

Turn that Rotini into a picnic-perfect pasta salad with tangy vinaigrette and loads of veggies. The vinaigrette dressing is a mix of olive oil, lemon, Dijon, garlic, herbs, and seasonings- easy to make, great in taste!

8. Crisp Quinoa Salad

via cookieandkate

This simple, delicious, and crisp quinoa salad is the perfect lunch or picnic pack. Gather some cucumber, bell pepper, onion, chickpeas, parsley, garlicky olive oil, and lemon, toss them together, and the salad is ready in a split second!

9. Juicy Orzo Salad

via loveandlemons

The crispy orzo tossed with juicy mango added with lots of fresh herbs and veggies- vegans won’t be able to resist it! Add some spice to the combo and the salad successfully checks all the flavor boxes.

10. Greek Wedge Salad

via cookieandkate

Having a quick prep time, this Greek salad is made of romaine lettuce wedges, fresh tomatoes, olives and a lemon tahini dressing. This large green summer salad is best served immediately. 

11. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

via ifoodreal

Who doesn’t love Mediterranean flavors? Throw them together with quinoa and you get a highly proteinaceous, fibrous and tasty salad. 

12. Radicchio Salad

via goodhousekeeping

This protein-packed salad, made of radicchio, bacon, shrimp, fennel, manchego cheese, and veggies, is best served with a thick slice of toast. Your taste buds will thank you for this. 

13. Italian Pasta Salad

via ifoodreal

This cold Italian Pasta salad is made of Rotini tossed with delicious Italian dressing and combined with salami strips, mozzarella balls, olives, herbs, and veggies. It is a hungry people pleaser, especially in summer.

14. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

via goodhousekeeping

The roasted butternut squash salad has all the fall flavors but is suitable all year round. This light dish is made of roasted butternut squash, covered with a tahini dressing, and added with onions, olive oil, baby kale, cilantro, almonds, and lemon.  

15. Avocado Corn salad

via ifoodreal

This tasty, healthy, and refreshing salad is made of fresh or frozen corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and lime. It is so tasty that it will vanish in seconds! 

16. Summer Panzanella

via delish

The famous Panzanella is the perfect summer salad. Put together large baguettes with some veggies, cucumbers, garlic, spices, and oil, and ta-da!

17. Incredible Chopped Salad

via acouplecooks

Chopped crisp veggies, the tang of jarred pepperoncini, green olives, and the mouth-watering Italian dressing make this incredible and extraordinary salad that is sure to be a hit around the table.

18. Spinach and Fruits Salad

via acouplecooks

Spinach salads are often boring. But the tangy-sweet dressing of this particular salad, along with the maple-glazed walnuts or glazed pecans, apple and pear, and some greens make this salad healthy and super tasty. 

19. Waldorf Salad

via delish

Mayo, yogurt, grapes, apples, celery, parsley, and walnuts make the healthy Waldorf salad super tasty. Serve it with bibb lettuce!

20. Tuscan Kale Salad

via acouplecooks

A dressing of lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese will make the boring old kale finger-licking good. Even the kale haters won’t be able to resist this delicious Tuscan Kale salad. 

21. Perfect Caesar Salad

via acouplecooks

This classic caesar salad is perfectly balanced with creamy homemade dressing, crunchy garlicky croutons, and crisp lettuce. You’ll be showered with praises if you serve it.

22. Easy Caprese Salad

via delish

The best example of how simple ingredients can be turned into a stunning dish. Fresh veggies and cheese together make this simple caesar salad not just awesome in taste but also in appearance.

23. Easy Arugula Salad

via acouplecooks

If you believe that dressing is what makes a salad tasty, you may wanna rethink that. This arugula salad, possibly the simplest salad, is a combo of baby arugula, shallot, parmesan cheese, lemon, and olive oil, which will change your mind. 

24. Strawberry Spinach salad

via acouplecooks

Pair some greens with strawberries and you get your new favorite. The sweet-tart strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing makes it the best. It literally goes with everything- pizza, pasta, salmon, everything

25. Endive Apple and Celery Salad

via epicurious

It is a mixture of Honeycrisp apples, endives, celery, smoked almonds, cheddar, champagne, pepper, and Dijon mustard. The blend of sweetness, smoky and bitterness gives it a distinctive quality.

26. Classic Wedge Salad with Potato Chips

via acouplecooks

 If you are looking for something smoky, this stunning yet simple classic wedge salad is your dish. Transformed with creamy ranch dressing, crushed potato chips, and blue cheese crumbles, this one has that smoky thing that vegans often can’t find. 

27. Lazy Day Peanut Noodle salad

via 101cookbooks

For a sloth day, this simple, colorful salad made from peanut-slathered soba noodles punctuated with onions, tofu, asparagus, and peanuts, is an absolute pleaser. 

28. Moroccan Carrot Salad

via 101cookbooks

The slightly spicy, slightly sweet sauce makes the simple carrot and raisin salad mouth-watering good. Add some greens to it and it’s as good as a tasty snack. 

29. Simple Carrot Salad

via acouplecooks

Cookouts, lunch, side dish- this fresh carrot salad is ideal anywhere. Carrots may sound humble but this refreshing salad is not just carrots but Mediterranean-style vinaigrette carrots. 

30. Lime and Blistered Coleslaw

via 101cookbooks

For a good coleslaw recipe, the slicing skill is the most important. Other than that, put in some greens and peanuts and the delicious coleslaw salad is ready to be devoured. 

31. Mexican Corn Salad

via delish

Turn the simple corn into a yummy salad with mayo, cotija cheese or feta, lime juice, cilantro, and chili powder. It has all the tastes- spicy, creamy, salty, everything you are looking for. 

32. Grilled Zucchini and Bread Salad

via 101cookbooks

A quick and easy bread salad made of turned toasted multigrain bread. Grilled zucchini. Chickpeas. And garlic forward ponzu dressing. It is heavy, nutritious, and super yum! 

33. Strawberry Spinach Salad

via delish

Summer makes one crave bright, colorful, cold, and yummy dishes. This salad is just the right pick for that! The sweet strawberries, herb chicken, goat cheese, and spicy red onions will convince you that this isn’t a salad (but it is). 

34. Classic Potato Salad

via delish

The classic potato salad is gold. Mix the potatoes with pickles, eggs, and veggies, then top it with mayo and serve with butterhead lettuce. This one is anything but too sweet.

35. Hazelnut and Chard Ravioli Salad

via 101cookbooks

Looking for a potluck salad? This one’s a perfect choice! Plump ravioli tossed with toasted hazelnuts, lemony flecks of chard, and caramelized onions make it yummy, healthy, and satisfying. 

36. Pimento Pasta Salad

via delish

Our favorite Mac & Cheese is now served as a delicious Pimento Pasta salad! Sprinkled with pepper and wet with mayo, this one’s all-season friendly.  

37. Coconut Corn Salad

via 101cookbooks

There are different delicious ways to eat corn- one of which is sauteing with butter or olive oil and combining with thyme, red onions, toasted almonds, and coconut. 

38. Fruit Salad with Thai Herbs 

via 101cookbooks

Not much fond of veggies? Make a quick fruit salad with seasonal fruits tossed with honey and lime juice. A stalk of lemongrass adds to the taste.

39. Cucumber And Greens Salad

via 101cookbooks

A simple cucumber salad packed with scallions, toasted walnuts, mint, rose, lentils and a vinegar-spiked yogurt dressing will make a tasty satisfying, and healthy meal. 

40. Tempeh Taco Salad

via 101cookbooks

For weekend dinners and potlucks, the Tempeh Taco salad made of crushed tortilla chips, black beans, crumbled tempeh coating with taco seasonings, and smoked paprika-apple cider dressing, is a delicious choice!

41. Watercress and Persimmon Salad

via epicurious

The tomato-like Fuyu Persimmons with minced shallot, watercress, and lemon zest is the perfect side salad for a health-conscious person.

42. Classic Macaroni Salad

via 101cookbooks

The classic macaroni salad has a flavorsome seasoning with mayo. This super tasty and healthy salad is perfect for potlucks and as an evening snack. 

43. Rainbow Chopped Salad with Peanuts

via 101cookbooks

If you want a “flavor explosion” in every bite, make this rainbow-hued chopped salad from red curry paste, blood oranges, shallots, peanuts, radicchio, herbs, brown rice, scallions, and tofu. 

44. Escarole Pear Parmesan and Basil Leaf Salad

via epicurious

Fresh basil, pears, hazelnuts, some greensand sprinkles combine to make this bright green, crisp and delicious salad. It is perfectly suitable for a healthy and light lunch pack or as a side salad. 

45. Roasted Potato Salad

via 101cookbooks

The not-so-secret ingredient here is pickled sushi ginger. The roasted baby potatoes are smashed and tossed with French lentils, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, scallions, pickled ginger, and lemon juice.

46. Herbal Rice Salad

via 101cookbooks

If you have tons of greens left like basil, cilantro, and mint, then make a herbal rice salad out of them. Throw together the greens along with rice, toasted coconut, and peanuts. 

47. Watermelon Arugula Salad

via epicurious

Mix together some watermelon slices, baby arugula, pine nuts, crumbled feta or ricotta Salata, sprinkles, and lemon juice, and it’s ready to be served. 

48. Cocagne Bean Salad

via 101cookbooks

Mix loads of white Cocagne beans with pickled celery, chopped kalamata olives, toasted walnuts, and tender artichokes for a quick & easy, nutritious, and delicious go-to salad. 

49. Little Wedge Salad 

via epicurious

An all-green wedge salad just became simpler with only some lettuce, avocados, chives, garlic, mayo, sour cream, and sprinkles. 

50. Ayocote Bean and Mushroom Salad

via 101cookbooks

For a good lunch salad, combine the tasty Rancho Gordo ayocote negro beans with pan-fried hedgehog mushrooms, toasted almonds, and shallot vinaigrette. You can also add some shredded kale.

51. Vegan Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon

via loveandlemons

This all-veggies salad consists of creamy vegan cashew-based dressing and coconut crispy bits or “bacon”. To make it a full meal, add baked tofu and avocado along with some cheese and other proteins.

52. Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad

via 101cookbooks

A healthy and delicious mixture of cauliflower, chiles, radishes, seeds, chickpeas, and green onions with a garlicky yogurt dressing is a must-try. 

53. Chicory Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

via epicurious

The bitter chicories are seasoned with a sweet and sharp vinaigrette made of mustard, honey, vinegar, escarole, radicchio, chives, and some pecans along with oil, salt, and pepper. 

54. Feta Oregano Salad

via 101cookbooks

The Feta Oregano salad consists of feta, olives, oregano, lemon rind, black pepper, and olive oil. This dish is served with crackers and pita, black yogurt-dolloped lentils, and chilled rose. 

55. Lemony Cabbage Mint Salad

via epicurious

This white salad is a perfect blend of mint, lemon juice, and cabbage, seasoned with salt and olive oil. It is a refreshing slaw that serves well with fatty cuts of meat. However, it is delicious in itself. 

56. Cilantro Salad

via 101cookbooks

A simple cilantro salad can be..boring. But if tossed with asparagus spears, toasted sesame seeds, herb flowers, shallots, soy sauce, and oil- it becomes so good.

57. Endive Romaine and Orange Salad

via epicurious

For the perfect date-night salad, this one is the right choice. With Cara Cara orange, endive, romaine heart, parsley, orange juice,  gouda, sprinkles, and oil, this one is sure to add to the mood. 

58. Heirloom Apple Salad

via 101cookbooks

A simple apple salad can go a long way. Combine it with shaved celery and toasted nuts, and dress with creme fraiche spiked with rosemary, garlic, and champagne vinegar. 

59. Cabbage Salad with Grapefruit and Chiles 

via epicurious

The salad consists of red grapefruit and hot-and-sour chiles with a scrunched cabbage base that will handle the refreshing acidity without withering. 

60. Buttermilk Asparagus Salad

via 101cookbooks

Look into the refrigerator and you may end up finding all the ingredients needed here. The asparagus is tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing, perky radish sprouts, cilantro, and cooked posole.

61. Winter Italian Chopped Salad

via epicurious

This winter-special Italian salad is made of marinated artichoke hearts, canned chickpeas, and pepperoni. Adding fresh oranges will balance out the salty and savory flavors. 

62. Pluot Summer Salad

via 101cookbooks

Summer calls for juicy, sweet, and delicious fruits. Pluot, one such fruit, is set off with toasted ginger, garlic, and shallots, to make it a juicy and tasty summer salad. 

63. Persian Cuisine Herbs Salad

via epicurious

This healthy and delicious salad comprises the special herbs of Persian cuisine along with pumpkin seeds and veggies, making it the correct choice for a Passover meal. 

64. Sundried Tomato Spinach and Quinoa Salad

via cookieandkate

This protein-rich salad consists of quinoa and spinach with almonds and a zippy lemon dressing. Top it with a fried egg or some feta and it is a full-packed meal.

65. Watercress With Mustard Dressing Salad

via epicurious

Zesty watercress only needs a light, slightly sweet, and warm egg-based coating along with some pumpkin seeds, pepper, and veggies for it to be an all-green nutritious salad. 

66. Endive with Tart Apple Dressing and Blue Cheese

via epicurious

If you’re one to think “the smellier, the better”, then add blue cheese to your salad. The oil-free apple juice and lime dressing will balance the acidity of the salad with its sweetness.

67. Radicchio with Creamy Tahini and Salted Sesame Seeds

via epicurious

Radicchio coated with a tasty tahini dressing serves pretty well with bitter greens or sweet lettuce. The lightly crushed sesame seeds sprinkled on the salad adds to the deliciousness.

68. Massaged Kale Salad

via epicurious

The same old kale is twisted with chard which adds to the nutrition, along with berries for boosting its antioxidant power. The salad is packed with chickpeas and quinoa for the protein factor. 

69. Spinach Salad with Avocado Basil Dressing

via happyhealthymama

This flavorsome salad is packed with chickpeas and spinach coated with avocado basil dressing. This healthy vegan salad is filled with flavors and nutrition.

70. Kale Quinoa Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

via passmesometasty

For vegan picnics and BBQs, this quinoa kale salad with toasted almonds, juicy apples, and cranberries tossed with cider vinaigrette is the perfect choice as it is healthy, gluten-free, and of course delicious.

71. Spinach with Grilled Grapes Salad

via joyfilledeats

If you have never tasted heaven, this one’s the way to go. A spinach salad with grilled grapes, brie cheese, and toasted almonds give the perfect contrast of sweetness with salty flavor. 

72. Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad

via loveandlemons

This couscous salad is a hearty mixture of raw and roasted cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, and different herbs, making it an absolute go-to salad for picnics or lunch packs. 

73. Eggplant Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

via loveandlemons

This 10-ingredient eggplant salad is a burst of flavors containing garlicky eggplant and chickpeas tossed with farro, arugula, basil, pine nuts, and tangy roasted tomatoes. Summer mandates this dish. 

74. Pattypan Squash Panzanella

via loveandlemons

The pattypan squash is chopped and grilled then tossed with bread pieces, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, mini mozzarella balls, garlic, olive oil, and sherry vinegar, to make this tasty late summer Panzanella.

75. Vegan Poke Bowl Salad

via loveandlemons

A poke bowl has fish along with spices, avocado, cucumber, nuts, and greens. For the vegans out there, replace the fish with watermelon, and the vegan poke bowl is ready! 

76. Tart Cherry Tabbouleh

via loveandlemons

It is a creative and healthy salad recipe of dried tart cherries instead of tomatoes, along with some delicious herbs and lemon. This bright and colorful salad is great for picnic packs.

77. Balsamic Chickpea Avocado Salad

via cafedelites

This salad is packed with chickpeas and avocados, having a delicious and healthy balsamic dressing, and tossed with feta. With its nutrition and tasty level, it is a crowd-pleaser.

78. Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake Salad

via cafedelites

A yummy fruit salad made of ripe and juicy strawberries or any other berries, coated with creamy coconut cheesecake cream is perfect for the summer cravings. 

79. Thai Mango Salad

via cookieandkate

With summer comes mango, so here’s a summer-perfect mango salad with added greens, pepper, and jalapeno, coated with a spicy peanut dressing.

Non-Veg

80. Grilled Mediterranean salad

via cafedelites

Not a pure-veggie salad fan? Grill some chickens and combine with Mediterranean flavors, even add some goat cheese, and enjoy the deliciousness!

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81. Pina Colada Chicken Salad

via delish

It is not exactly a cocktail but it does have coconut chicken, pineapple, and a tropical lime dressing which ain’t that different, except the rum part and it is healthy.

82. Chicken salad with Bacon and Avocado

via cafedelites

Combine chicken with honey mustard, garlic, crispy bacon, creamy avocado slices, juicy tomatoes, and red onion slices, and you get the ultimate chicken salad recipe. It is a giant meal in itself! 

83. Chickpea & Chicken Salad

via ifoodreal

Throw in some tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado with chickpeas, and make it protein-rich with baked chicken breast- it is literally the easiest salad you’ll ever come across. 

84. Chimichurri Chicken Salad

via cafedelites

Put all the authentic chimichurri flavors in a bowl and that is all you need to make a simple chicken salad a sure shot hit. Keep it healthy and tasty!

85. Buffalo Chicken Salad

via delish

The best way to eat the buffalo chicken wings is to cover them with homemade ranch dressing and add tasty greens and flavors. It is ideal for a light lunch or a healthy snack.

86. Balsamic Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad

via cafedelites

Seared chicken with balsamic dressing, added with mozzarella, creamy avocado, tomatoes and basil leaves, can be your new favorite! Keep it on the menu of your party and get some good compliments. 

87. Shrimp De Gallo  

via delish

Throw in some shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, garlic, oils, and spices, and serve this tasty nutritious salad with tortilla chips. 

88. Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

via cafedelites

There are just so many flavors going on in this salad- creamy avocado, red and yellow pepper, chicken thighs, fajita, don’t know where to stop! A flavorsome meal in itself. 

89. Healthy Chicken Salad

via ifoodreal

Hot summer days call for a quick, low-fat nutritious chicken salad. This creamy flavorsome salad is packed with proteins like celery, red onion, herbs, and nuts.

90. German Potato Salad  

via delish

German potato with bacon vinaigrette- even the sound of it makes one drool! The vinaigrette is made of bacon slices, sauteed with red onion or shallot, and then whisked together with apple cider vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and water. 

91. Salmon and Avocado Caesar Salad  

via cafedelites

Pan-fried salmon on a salad mixture of creamy avocado, crunchy croutons, and parmesan cheese slices, topped with poached egg makes a healthy, hearty meal.

92. Bloody Mary Pasta Salad  

via delish

Bloody Mary may sound creepy but the dish is surprisingly pretty tasty. The horseradish, tomatoes, celery, pimiento-stuffed olives, and bacon are responsible for the delicious dish.

93. Portuguese-style Chicken Salad 

via lavenderandmacarons

This special Portuguese-style salad is made of grilled chicken marinated with the Portuguese blend of spices and peaches that add to the juiciness of the salad along with loads of veggies, making it perfect for a summer afternoon. 

94. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

via delish

It literally has everything- chicken, pasta, ranch, bacon. This salad is ideal for a good lunch or dinner or takeouts. 

95. Shrimp Caesar Salad   

via cafedelites

It is a protein-packed salad containing lots of shrimp with a creamy caesar dressing, mix well with avocado, parmesan cheese, and crunchy croutons. This delicious, healthy, and packed-meal won’t leave you hungry for more.

96. Greek Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad

via cafedelites

The stomach will be grateful for this grilled lemon garlic chicken salad with Tzatziki and garlic flatbreads, smothered with souvlaki flavors all over. 

It is a heavy meal in itself, but just the salad part is made of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, green pepper, and feta cheese. 

97. Thai Chicken Meatball Salad

via cafedelites

The juicy meatballs with an addictive dressing of lemongrass, coconut sugar, garlic, sweet chili, and other flavors, topped with some crushed peanut, is the perfect lunch or dinner salad. 

98. Cobb Egg Salad    

via delish

A simple egg salad is pretty good but combine it with blue cheese, bacon, avocado, and tomatoes and you get a full-packed lunch that you are going to crave for long. The special red wine vinegar-yogurt dressing is the yum factor!

99. Tequila Chicken Salad

via cafedelites

For an impromptu prep, make a grilled tequila chicken salad with avocado crema, lime, some greens and veggies, and a drizzle of honey and booze.

100. Shrimp Asparagus and Avocado Salad   

via cafedelites

For a low-fat and low-carb salad, enjoy this shrimp salad with asparagus, creamy avocado and some greens and veggies. 

101. Radicchio and Plum Salad  

via epicurious

The combination of plums, radicchio, and shallot served with bacon is the perfect nutritious lunch salad. The plums can be of any type- even the hybrid ones. 

And thus, we end with the list of best salad recipes. Choose your go-to one and enjoy the healthy, delicious dish. Eat tasty, stay healthy!

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