Best Salad Recipes

These best salad recipes are our favorite salads. Whether it is a cobb, pasta, vegetable or fruit salad we've included a variety of dishes to add to your meals and in some cases be a main dish salad. You can share your great recipes too!
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Some of our Best Recipes

Doritos taco salad
Best tuna salad
Best egg salad
Pasta Salad
Steak salad
Potato salad
Chicken salad
BLT pasta salad
Carrot raisin salad
Chinese salad recipes
Taco salad
Fruit salad recipes including spinach strawberry recipe, classic Waldorf and ambrosia.
Salad in a Jar
Italian Panzella Salad
Steak Salad
Apple Celery Salad

Best salad recipes included on this page:

Greek Salad
Ham Orzo salad
Green Bean Salad
Broccoli Salad
Three Bean
Making Homemade Croutons

Homemade Dressing Recipes:

Ranch Dressing
Homemade Vinaigrette
Caesar Dressing
Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

Best Greek Salad

greek salad Ingredients:
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • black Greek olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Add tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper, and onion in a serving bowl. Gently add in feta cheese and olives. In a small bowl or cup blend together olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and serve.

Ham and Orzo Salad Recipe

  • ½ Cup orzo, tiny tube macaroni, couscous or tiny star pasta
  • 1 Cup frozen mixed peas and carrots or broccoli mix
  • 8 oz. ham, cubed
  • ½ C plain yogurt
  • 2 T creamy cucumber dressing
  • ¼ tsp. Dill weed
Boil water and cook pasta add peas and carrots last few minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water when tender. Stir together pasta peas and carrots and ham. In small bowl mix dressing. Pour over salad mix and chill 4 hours.
ham salad

Chickpea Salad

Green Bean Salad recipe

  • fresh whole green beans
  • blue cheese or feta cheese
  • canned corn, drained
  • chopped cherry tomatoes
  • sliced olives
  • chopped nuts such as almonds or pecans
  • cooked and chopped bacon
  • sliced red onions, optional.
Add all ingredients together and place in serving bowl. If desired serve with Italian or vinaigrette dressing. 
green bean salad

Three Bean Salad

  • 1 can green beans or green peasbean salad
  • 1 can wax beans, drained
  • 1  can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
In serving bowl, blend three beans together. In measuring cup, stir together vegetable oil, cider vinegar, sugar and season with salt and pepper. Pour over bean salad and chill several hours.

Classic Caesar Salad

Homemade Caesar Dressing Ingredients:caesar dressing
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c. Greek yogurt
  • ½ T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. anchovy paste
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  •  ¼ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ¼ c. light olive oil
Salad Ingredients:
  • Croutons 
  • 1 large head Romain lettuce, cleaned, chopped
  • ½ c. shaved Parmesan cheese
Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and anchovy paste in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine.
Add grated Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Cover and set aside.
When ready to serve, assemble the salad by adding the chopped Romaine lettuce to a large mixing bowl. Add the croutons and shaved Parmesan and drizzle with 1/3 cup of dressing. Gently toss to combine. Serve immediately!

Broccoli Salad

  • large bunch broccoli
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • bacon fried crisp and diced
  • 1 Cup sunflower seeds or almonds
  • Swiss cheese or cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 red onion, sliced in rings
  • 1 Cup raisins, optional
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • ¼ Cup sugar
In a serving bowl, add washed and chopped broccoli. Add in celery, bacon, seeds, onion, swiss cheese and raisins. Toss salad ingredients together. In a measuring cup stir together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Drizzle over salad and serve.
broccoli salad

Salad in A Jar

See how to make salads in a jar here.
salads in a jar

Readers Best Salad Recipes

Mini Chopped Salad

by Janet (Ortonville,Mi) chopped vegetables

I love salad and my kids do too. However it was hard getting them to eat all the veggies I put in the salad. I decided I would try to chop everything to see if they would eat it. I chopped the lettuce(romaine and leaf lettuce) in very small pieces.

I added chopped cucumbers, onion, carrots and peppers(reds and yellows). I then added chopped chicken. I pick up a magic chicken(the ones already cooked at the store, we call it magic because it is done and ready just like magic).

We eat half of it for one meal then I chop the rest for the salad. It also is a great way to use the dark meat which my kids hate but can't tell the difference in the salad. After I mix the meat, veggies and lettuce I mix in the salad dressing which ever we are in the mood for that night. Then I dish it up in a bowl for everyone.

I just made it all easy to eat in on a fork in one bite. It is delicious and everyone loves it. Not one thing is picked out and set to the side. They eat it all. We love it and have it about once a week. Makes for a quick easy meal. Try using this vegetable chopper for an easy chopping method.

Quick Caprese on the Go

by Cameron (USA)
  • half a roma tomato chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp finely shredded basil leaves
  • half cup cottage cheese or slice of mozzarella
  • 1-2 tbsp pesto or olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Mix the tomato, basil, and cottage cheese together in a leak-proof to-go container, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. I like this snack because I do karate, and it is light, refreshing, and healthy to eat. I take it with me when I am training at the dojo.
caprese salad

Avocado Delight

by Annalena Marie (Winston-Salem, NC, USA)
  • 3 avocados, chopped
  • 1 bag of salad mix
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Chopped almonds
  • Corn chips, broken into pieces

1. Mix all the food together well with your hands.
(Make sure they're clean.)
2. Pour into a medium size bowl
3. Mix again
4. Gently put the salad on plates
5. Make sure it looks like a fancy restaurant would
6. Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Salad

chicken salad Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken cut in strips
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a ziploc bag add oil, limes, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Add in chicken and seal shut. Marinate in fridge several hours. Grill.
To make into a salad add:
  • grilled chicken, cut in pieces
  • black beans
  • corn
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheese

Ranch Pasta Salad

Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe
ranch pasta salad

Salad in a Jar Recipes Video

Using Leftovers to Make Salads

Here are a few salad ideas made with leftovers you can try the next time you've got food in the fridge that no one wants to finish off.
  • Leftover roast beef can be sliced and added to a salad for a hearty lunch.

  • What about pork? Add it to a salad with some sesame seeds and coleslaw for an Asian side dish. 

  • Left over hamburger can be added to a bit of lettuce to make a taco salad. Add tomatoes, cheese, black olives and onion with a little dab of sour cream. Toss in some tortilla chips or use the ingredients to fill a taco salad bowl and you have the perfect taco salad to delight the whole family.

  • What about chicken or turkey leftovers? Remove the meat from the bones. Add some mayonnaise, celery, hard boiled eggs and pickles for a chicken salad.

  • Cooked vegetables can be tossed together with cooked pasta to create a pasta salad. Drizzle with salad dressing if you choose.

  • Leftover fruit can also be made into a yummy fruit salad. Add a few marshmallows, some nuts and a dab of whipped topping and you have the makings of a perfect dessert.

Parmesan Croutons

These go great on top of any of your best salad recipes.
  • 1 loaf day old French bread
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese (the dried version in canister)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut French bread up into cubes. spread out on baking sheet and drizzle oil over, coating evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Dump immediately into large paper bag and sprinkle in the garlic salt and Parmesan cheese.
Shake the bag vigorously until croutons are coated well.
Dump out onto rack and let cool.
Store in tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place, and use as needed sprinkled over salads and casseroles.

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Steak Salad 
Dressing Ingredients: ¼ c. balsamic vinegar ½ c. extra virgin olive oil 1 T. fresh lemon juice 1 t. Dijon mustard 2 t. Italian seasoning Sea …

Basic Vinaigrette 
Here is a basic Vinaigrette recipe 3/4 Cup olive oil 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons honey 1-2 cloves finely minced …

Romaine Lettuce Hearts Salad 
Directions: 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce 1 Tablespoon pecans, toasted 1 small red pepper 1/4 Cup Italian cheese, shredded 1 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette …

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