It’s easy to get in a rut of making the same salads over and over, and that’s why this post is here! Think of it as inspiration to branch out and discover some new favorites. You’ll find something for every season and every occasion in this list of more than 80 of the very best salad recipes!
When you think of salads, does your mind instantly jump to the long warm days and light meals of summer? It’s true that there are endless warm weather salads to enjoy. But there are just as many, some hearty enough to make a meal on their own, to enjoy in the fall and winter months.
The saying goes that “you can’t go wrong with a classic,” and it’s true. For a quick and delicious salad that will please everyone, here are four of the best traditional salad recipes.
Everyone loves a classic Caesar Salad. This recipe has all the ingredients that you love with a couple of twists (shatteringly crisp crouton toasts and crispy capers) and the absolute best homemade Caesar Dressing.
The key to a great egg salad is a creamy, well balanced dressing and not too much of it and perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs. This recipe ensures you’ll have both every time.
This restaurant worthy salad is easy to make at home and it’s always a crowd pleaser. It can elevate even an everyday meal into one worth remembering.
This take on a classic wedge salad is a must-try next time you want a wedge salad. You'll still have the classic bacon crunch and creamy blue cheese dressing, but instead of iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce gets its chance to shine.
There’s just something about French salads; they always feel elegant and sophisticated. No matter which one you choose to make, it's sure to impress your friends and family.
Originating in the French city of Nice, this hearty salad boasts tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, eggs, olives, and a mustard dressing will leave you craving more. Enjoy it as a vegetarian dish or top with some quality canned tuna or smoked salmon.
If you want to feel like you're dining in a French Bistro, this recipe is for you. The celery root is raw, but I promise it's worth trying. The crunch of the raw celery pairs perfectly with the creamy French Remoulade Sauce.
For an elegant salad that takes less than half an hour, make Salad Lyonnaise. You’ll top a base of frilly frisée lettuce tossed with a homemade warm bacon dressing with a perfectly poached egg. A light lunch on its own and a perfect companion to a cup of soup.
A traditional Nicoise salad is made with green beans, but asparagus makes the perfect alternative. It's perfect for springtime when asparagus is at its freshest.
This is a fun twist on a Salad Lyonnaise. Instead of frisée lettuce, you’ll use savoy cabbage and a warm round of crisply breaded, creamy goat cheese stands in for the poached egg.
When you're craving something comforting with Southern roots that isn’t too heavy, look no further than these Southern salad recipes.
In this Louisiana-inspired salad, buttery shrimp are tossed in a spicy, creamy, tangy Remoulade Sauce. It’s one of those salads that you’ll find yourself craving often.
A corn salad is the perfect side dish for a barbecue with friends and family. The fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, and lemon dressing pair well with anything you're grilling.
If you have leftover cornbread, you have to make this cornbread salad. You'll cut your cornbread into bite size pieces and crisp them up in the oven to toss with black-eyed peas, greens, and winter squash. It’s a Southern take on Italian panzanella. And speaking of that...
This salad is a take on the famous Muffuletta sandwich that you’ll find everywhere in New Orleans. The traditional sandwich has a variety of meats and cheeses, including salami, spicy soppressata, mozzarella, and provolone. You can make this salad your own by substituting any of your favorite cured meats.
These salads have roots in Italy or are inspired by delicious dishes you can find there.
This is one salad that’s hearty enough to call ‘dinner’. It has all your favorite Italian sandwich ingredients, like sliced salami and cubed mozzarella cheese, but in salad form. Tossing in chickpeas or cannellini beans make it a meal and, I promise, you’ll want to make the dressing on repeat!
Fregola is a popular pasta dish from Sardinia. The pasta is rolled into balls and, cooked to al dente, makes the perfect salad base. You'll use fregola and greens as your base and top with hazelnuts, capers and grated hard boiled eggs to deliver a broad flavor profile.
This heirloom tomato is the perfect salad to serve in the summertime when tomatoes are at their peak. In every bite, you'll taste juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, refreshing cucumber, and salty olives. While this delicious salad is perfect on its own, a slice of garlic bread is a welcome addition.
This vibrant salad has several components that make each bite a bit different. You'll taste buttery, salty, tangy, and herbaceous flavors in every mouthful and hazelnuts lend a welcome buttery crunch.
When you think of Mexican salads, your mind probably jumps straight to taco salad. While taco salads are delicious and comforting, these two Mexican salads are a must-try when you're in the mood to try something new.
For a lighter way to serve juicy carne asada, give this salad a try. The Mojo dressing is a play on the steak’s marinade, accentuating your meal with that much more carne asada flavor. Add your favorite toppings and some cotija cheese, and you have the ideal steak salad.
A crunchy salad version of everyone’s favorite Mexican street corn! Hearty enough to stand on its own and a welcoming base for anything you’re grilling (I recommend Spicy Grilled Shrimp!).
The Mediterranean has so many cultures and delicious recipes to share with the world. When you're craving a taste of the Mediterranean, but can't get there anytime soon, these salads will bring your tastebuds closer.
This vegetarian-friendly salad is packed with flavor! Paper-thin zucchini slices are marinated in a citrusy lemon dressing and tossed with feta and pine nuts. It’s a salad you’ll crave all summer long.
If you're looking for a salad that’s bursting with texture and flavor, Tabouli salad is for you. Tender bulgur wheat is tumbled with garlic, fresh lemon juice, parsley and garlic, then topped with feta, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It’s a stretch on the traditional version, but completely divine.
Think of this as a perfect side dish to pretty much any dish from any type of cuisine. It’s a briny, salty, creamy, crunchy salad that’s welcome at any meal.
Quinoa Tabbouleh salad is a protein packed, gluten free take on a traditional Tabouli salad.
If you've never tried this Lebanese salad before, now is the time. With crunchy vegetables, lettuce, and crunchy squares of pita bread tossed in a sweet, tangy and sumac dress, it’s irresistible.
This riff on a classic egg salad is full of beloved Mediterranean flavors: olive oil, fresh lemon juice, buttery olives, and pine nuts to name just a few.
This hearty salad is a meal all on its own. It's a take on a traditional Greek salad, but instead of leafy greens as the base, you'll use quinoa. The lively dressing won’t make the quinoa soggy, so it's an ideal make-ahead salad for all kinds of picnics, get-togethers or weekday lunches.
Chopped lettuce and crunchy vegetables drizzled with a creamy Tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice dressing, this is a must try salad with Middle Eastern flare.
A couple of salads you need in your rotation, inspired by the flavors of Asia.
Easy and really fun to make, this vegan, 8-ingredient salad has it all! It's crunchy, sweet, spicy, and the ideal side for almost any Asian inspired main course.
This salad is vibrant and just about as easy as it gets. All you need is some fresh Chinese broccoli and a few simple dressing ingredients: sesame oil, sriracha, and a little bit of soy sauce.
Adding arugula to your salads (or better yet making it the star!) delivers a delicate peppery flavor that’s a pleasant change from romaine and other greens.
This is one of those salads with a perfectly balanced flavor that everyone loves. And it’s so easy to make that you'll have it on the table in ten minutes with just six simple ingredients.
Crunchy sweet apple slices and creamy goat cheese were made for each other. Add a base of arugula and a scatter of buttery pecans, and you've got an elegant salad that’s also a snap to make.
Some salads just burst with flavor and this is one of them. Sweet chunks of fresh watermelon with tangy feta, peppery arugula and a citrusy dressing with a bit of kick, I promise you’ll enjoy every bite!
Nutty cooked farro is a delicious, nutritious and hearty base (or embellishment) for so many delicious salads! Here are some of the best.
This farro salad is a hearty but relatively light main dish that is perfect year-round. With a buttery saltiness from the olives and cheese and sweetness from the raisins, it’s one mouthwatering salad with a fully balanced flavor profile.
Farro makes the ideal canvas for this elegant salad with buttery smoked salmon and creamy goat cheese. It's a special occasion worthy, yet easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. (It’s a must for Mother’s Day brunch!)
The Charlie Bird Farro salad is a staple dish at the famous namesake restaurant in the Soho area of New York City. What makes this salad so unique? You'll toss the apple juice cooked farro in the perfect combination of lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a good pinch of salt then toss it with all manner of fresh, herbaceous, crunchy and buttery rich ingredients. If you haven’t tried it before, you’ve never tasted anything like it!
A Greek farro salad (often called a Mediterranean farro salad) is a hearty, flavor and texture packed salad with all of your favorite Mediterranean flavors that can stand alone or serve as a side to the main course.
Nothing screams summer like fresh, crunchy vegetables, and this salad is packed full of them - including raw kale that gets a peanut butter massage! Adding farro makes it a meal.
It’s hard to go wrong with good pesto and a perfectly fried egg. When you add them to a farro salad, along with crumbled feta and sliced avocado, it's a salad you'll crave often.
This nutrient-dense green has become wildly popular in the past few years, and for good reason. It packs a punch of feel-good flavor that’s perfect for all kinds of salads!
When you're craving a Caesar salad but want to switch it up a little, substituting kale is an excellent option. It’s a lightened up version, but don’t worry, you'll still have the classic, creamy Caesar dressing and crispy, buttery breadcrumb croutons.
Warm salads aren't that common, but after you try this one, you'll crave it often. Gently wilted kale gets tossed in a warm, tangy sweet, garlicky dressing, and finished with parmesan cheese shavings and crunchy, toasted almonds. What's not to love?
A flavor and protein packed salad that’s a quick and balanced meal where every bite is a little different with a tangy dressing and ample feta, avocado, and almonds.
This power house of nutrition is reminiscent of a classic Caesar salad and loaded with flavor and crunch!
An ideal salad for Autumn, but welcome any time of year. Salt massaged kale tossed in a sweet apricot dressing with sweet apple slices, it’s a salad like no other.
Let us face it, bacon makes everything taste better, and this salad is no exception. If you're craving a BLT, but keeping an eye on your waistline, you have to try this salad.
It’s the combination of Asian inspired flavors and textures in this salad that make it so fantastic. Hearty enough to stand on its own and a welcome addition to many main courses.
Spinach Salads are a classic because they’re just so versatile! Here are a few that are sure to please everyone at your table.
Sweet, fresh strawberries pair perfectly with baby spinach and creamy goat cheese and just the right amount of honey sweetened Balsamic Vinaigrette.
This recipe has been in my family since my mom clipped it from an electrical bill in the early 70s. It’s really THAT good. Enough said.
There’s a double dose of fresh strawberries in this delectable salad! Sliced fresh strawberries and a vibrantly red Strawberry Vinaigrette along with crunchy walnuts and tangy feta cheese make it a crowd pleaser.
Vegetable Forward Salads
Salads are a delicious way to check off your daily servings of vegetables. Here are several where vegetables (not lettuce) are the star.
This elegant salad is one of the easiest and tastiest salads to make. There's no cooking required. Just slice your sugar snap peas and perch them on a simple, creamy yogurt dressing.
Asparagus and eggs are a match made in heaven. This salad makes the most of this winning combo!
This creamy, crunchy salad is the perfect refreshing addition to any meal and a great one for fresh dill lovers. You’d never guess that it comes in at less than 100 calories per generous serving!
Delicata squash is the only autumn squash I know that doesn't require any seasoning to taste amazing. In this complexly flavored salad it shines with a mix of green, crunchy walnuts and a creamy tarragon dressing.
Another great twist on the classic Caesar salad is to use roasted brussels sprouts as the base. An unusual spin on the dressing makes this one a must try!
This is one elegant showstopper of a salad. Tender roasted beets are sliced and topped with a simple, homemade cashew brittle and the creamiest blue cheese.
No holiday gathering or picnic is complete without a potato salad or two.
A creamy, crunchy spin on classic potato salad with a kick of Cajun spice!
This potato salad encompasses everything you love about a Greek salad, but made heartier with potatoes.
Welcome at any get-together and an excellent choice for weekday lunches, this Italian potato salad is embellished with vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and good quality canned tuna tossed in a tangy homemade Italian dressing.
Pasta salads are another perfect dish to bring to a cookout or a potluck, and you can't go wrong with a classic.
Choose your favorite pasta; penne is my favorite for this recipe. The mix of cubed mozzarella cheese, salami, olives, and other Italian fixings will have people asking you to make this for the potluck every time.
If you’re going to include seafood in a pasta salad, why not make it the star! This one had both shrimp and crab with tender pasta and just the right amount of crunchy celery and creamy dressing.
Salads with Fruit
When you think of salads, vegetables come to mind first. But some of the very best salads are made with fruit!
This is a salad we eat on repeat when citrus is in season. Delicious, refreshing and beautiful on a platter!
Fennel and Apples are the base of this tasty, fruit-forward salad. Juilenning both the fennel and apple make it elegant and fun to eat.
Sweet, crunchy apple slices and licorice tinged raw fennel come to life with crunchy walnuts and a tangy sweet homemade maple and Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
This one is for stone fruit lovers like myself! An extravaganza of flavors and the ideal way to enjoy your favorites.
A tasty, tangy salad with an unusual fruit. If you've never tried a kumquat before, this salad is the perfect way to enjoy them.
Salads with Seafood
You've heard of salmon and tuna used for proteins in salads, but if you're looking for crab or shrimp salads, these are for you.
Crab salad should be all about enhancing the flavor of real crab and that’s what this one is all about. Enjoy this decadent treat on its own or serve with crackers or in sandwiches.
Real crab and shrimp mixed with tender pasta and just the right amount of creamy dressing, this salad is a seafood lovers delight!
This simple and spectacular shrimp salad is a go-to for any special occasion. But no need to relegate it to celebrations, it's the perfect indulgence on hot summer nights or a leisurely meal on the weekend.
A hearty, decadent salad that stands beautifully on its own and pairs beautifully with anything you're grilling.
Grilled shrimp and avocado: What more could you want in a seafood salad? This works equally well as a main course or an appetizer.
These little lettuce wraps were a summer day experiment that became a regular on our menu. Tender shrimp and juicy melons tossed in a spicy mayonnaise dressing then mounded into tender butter lettuce leaves and topped with crunchy almonds and fresh basil leaves.
This Caribbean-inspired salad uses unripe mango, buttery shrimp and a kick of spice. Try it once and I predict you’ll crave it often.
Chicken salads make a wonderful lunch and are ideal fare for picnics and backyard BBQs. Here are a couple you need to try.
A spicy, salty sweet salad of tender chicken chunks tossed with cashews, grapes and celery in a creamy curried yogurt dressing.
Many chicken salads have apples, but if you haven’t tried it with grapes you’ve been missing out!
Buying salad dressings may be convenient, but the positives stop there. Once you discover how easy it is to make them at home and how superior they are in flavor, you’ll never go back to buying them.
The perfect embellishment to almost any leafy green salad, you'll want to keep this on hand at all times.
If you have ten minutes to spare, you can make the best balsamic vinaigrette with just 4 simple ingredients plus salt and pepper.
Simple, quick to make and just the right finish for any Greek inspired salad.
A fresh take on blue cheese dressing with an herbaceous punch of fresh basil.
Homemade ranch always tastes better than store-bought. It's perfect for dipping vegetables and, of course, drizzling on salads. The best part is that you probably have everything on hand right now to make it!
Caesar dressing is a classic, and this authentic version made with an immersion blender takes just 10 minutes to make.
The perfect summertime dressing is only five minutes away. The secret to the tangy sweet flavor and vibrant red color of this vinaigrette is a blend of fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves.