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40+ Best Salad Recipes

You’ll love these easy and healthy salads. You’ll find everything from classic Caesar Salad, to a quick Chicken Salad for lunch and protein-packed salads for dinner. We’ve also included show-stopping party salads like Cobb Salad that will impress everyone.

Whether you’re looking for chicken, steak, tuna, chickpeas, ground beef, or shrimp, we’ve got you covered. These salads are super satisfying and you’ll hope to have leftovers. Explore our top-rated salad recipes and you will find some new favorites.

four salad recipes collage

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Types of Salad

There are SO MANY different types of salads and I have them grouped as accurately as possible into categories. We even included some amazing homemade dressings at the end so be sure to scroll through. You won’t want to miss them.

  • Dinner Salad Recipes
  • Pasta Salads,
  • Easy Lunch Salads
  • Potato Salads
  • Pasta Salad Recipes
  • Green Salads
  • Summer Salads
  • Winter and Fall Salads

Dinner Salad Recipes

Salads for dinner are wonderful because they feel healthy and light while being protein-packed so they leave you feeling satisfied. These are our best salad ideas for dinner.

Cobb Salad with the Best Cobb Salad Dressing
Easy Chicken Cobb Salad with the Best Homemade Cobb Salad Dressing! This protein-packed salad is a meal in itself loaded with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, chicken, bacon, boiled eggs, creamy avocado and crumbled blue cheese.
Chicken Cobb Salad on a platter with salad dressing in a mason jar
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad has all the best flavors of Fall in one delicious salad. It’s loaded with kale, roasted sweet potatoes, apple, pecans and goat cheese, then topped with the best maple vinaigrette.
Sweet potato salad in serving bowl
Shrimp Cobb Salad Recipe
A Shrimp Cobb Salad recipe that is loaded with juicy cajun shrimp and topped with fresh cilantro dressing, bringing the flavors of summer to each bite.
Salmon Cobb Salad Recipe:
Salmon Cobb Salad is a modern spin on the classic American Cobb salad. It is definitely a feel-good, protein packed salad loaded with crisp lettuce, sweet corn, avocados, ripe cherry tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs.
Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad
This Autumn Chopped Chicken Salad is loaded with crisp pears, tangy craisins, pecans, feta and juicy chicken! It's the perfect Fall Salad and this simple balsamic vinaigrette will win you over.
A bowl of autumn chopped chicken salad with two wooden spoons in the bowl

Easy Lunch Salads

These salads are perfect for whipping up a quick lunch. Tuna Salad and Chicken Salad are on our regular lunch rotation and so good in lettuce cups or sandwiches. Lunch salads like the Taco Salad are also great for meal prepping your workweek.

Easy Taco Salad Recipe
A taco salad is basically a deconstructed taco. It's a low-carb option compared to traditional tacos and taco salads are perfect for make-ahead meal prep.
Fancy Chicken Salad Recipe
We call this Fancy Chicken Salad but it's truly easy. Its a fresher and lighter version of classic creamy chicken salad and it keeps well so it’s perfect for meal prep.
Chicken salad in bowl
Tuna Salad Recipe
Tuna Salad loaded, with flaky canned tuna, creamy avocado, crisp green apples, and crunchy almonds – the combination of flavors and textures makes this completely irresistible!
Tuna Salad served with crackers
Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
This Avocado Tuna Salad has incredible fresh flavor! Tuna Avocado Salad is loaded with protein. The avocado adds a healthy and highly satisfying creaminess.
Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe
This Avocado Chicken Salad recipe is a keeper! Easy, excellent chicken salad recipe with lemon dressing, plenty of avocado, irresistible bites of bacon and corn. Optional: For even more protein, we add 2 hard boiled eggs, halved or quartered. 
This Avocado Chicken Salad recipe is a keeper! Easy, excellent chicken salad with lemon dressing, plenty of avocado, irresistible bites of bacon and corn | natashaskitchen.com
Chickpea Salad Recipe
Chickpea Salad loaded with crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, feta cheese and chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Fresh, healthy and protein packed!
Chickpea Salad with Chickpeas or garbanzo beans, avocado, cucumber, tomato and feta cheese
Egg Salad Recipe with the Best Dressing
The easiest Egg Salad Recipe. Hard-boiled eggs with chives, dill, celery and onion in the creamiest Dijon mayonnaise dressing.
Egg Salad with the best dressing in a serving bowl

Potato Salad Recipes

Being from Ukraine and living in Idaho, our love of potatoes runs deep. We can never pass up a good potato salad at a potluck. It’s so satisfying and filling.

Creamy Potato Salad Recipe
This creamy potato salad has so much flavor! It’s loaded with fresh and crisp cucumber and radishes that make the potato salad lighter and supremely satisfying.
Classic Potato Salad
A classic potato salad flavoured with dill pickles, green onions, fragrant fresh dill and a zesty mayonnaise based dressing. 
Potato Salad in bowl
Chicken Olivye (Chicken Potato Salad)
Olivye (sometimes spelled olivier) is a potato salad that is ridiculously popular in Russia and many Eastern European countries. We’re changing it up and using chicken instead of kielbasa.
Chicken potato salad olivye

Pasta Salad Recipes

Pasta salads are definitely a meal in themselves since they include everyone’s favorite carbs – pasta! Pasta salads make great picnic salads.

Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad is an easy, make-ahead recipe that is perfect for meal prep. Every bite is loaded with rotini, salami, fresh mozzarella, olives, and healthy vegetables, and it all comes together with a homemade creamy Italian Dressing.
Italian pasta salad in serving bowl with Italian dressing
Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad
The secret ingredient in this creamy avocado pasta salad will shock you! This avocado pasta salad is easy, creamy, vibrant, fresh and so satisfying!

Green Salad Recipes

We love serving a simple green salad on the side with dinner or for dinner parties to add more fresh greens to the meal. Our Caesar Salad is internet famous and the funny thing is, my (then 10-year old) son learned how to make it in a kids cooking class at Sur la Table. He taught me how to make it.

Caesar Salad Recipe
Classic Caesar Salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light caesar salad dressing. 
Caesar Salad recipe in a bowl with romaine, croutons, parmesan cheese and caesar dressing
BLT Salad Recipe
The dressing in this BLT salad is exceptional! This BLT salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes and of course croutons. An easy, excellent salad!
A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com
Greek Salad Recipe with Lemon Dressing
This Greek Salad is a must-try! It is one of the healthiest Mediterranean salad recipes, naturally gluten-free and full of fresh, raw veggies. You will love the healthy Greek Salad dressing. So delicious and guilt-free! 
Greek salad ingredients arranged in mixing bowl with greek salad dressing on the side

Summer Salad Recipes

The summer season brings the best cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes and we definitely put them to good use in these summer salad recipes. Our love of tomato salads and cucumber salads is obvious in this list.

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
Our classic cucumber and tomato salad just got better with the addition of avocado, a lemon dressing and fresh cilantro.
Cucumber tomato avocado salad in white serving bowl
Panzanella Salad
Panzanella Salad with crusty bread, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and the best homemade vinaigrette dressing.
Panzanella Salad in mixing bowl
Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with a creamy homemade dressing.
This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com
Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad Recipe
This Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad has simple ingredients that are a winning combination. Refreshing and flavorful!
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
This easy Creamy Cucumber Salad combines crisp cucumbers and sweet red onions with fresh sour cream, lemon, and dill sauce that will have you begging for more.
Creamy Cucumber salad recipe in bowl
Avocado Corn Salad
This Avocado Corn Salad is a bright and feel good summer salad that’s loaded with grilled corn, creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes and the dressing gives it amazing fresh flavor.
Avocado Corn Salad in a Serving bowl with Spoon
Caprese Salad Recipe
Caprese Salad is an easy classic Italian recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil are a winning combination and you will love the excellent homemade Balsamic Glaze.
Caprese salad assembled on white platter drizzled with balsamic glaze
Avocado Cucumber Salad Recipe
An easy, excellent (5-minute) Avocado Cucumber Salad with the easiest lime dressing. This cucumber salad disappeared so fast and we all wished there was more of it.
Tomato Burrata Salad Recipe
Tomato Burrata Salad is one of the easiest Summer salads. The rich burrata cheese is delicious with tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic.
Burrata salad with tomatoes
Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad Recipe
A classic old-world recipe for creamy cucumber radish salad. The ingredients are so simple but it really doesn’t need anything else! One of our favorite radish recipes. 
CLASSIC! Cucumber Radish Salad with a simple sour cream dressing. Did you know radishes are a superfood? One of our all-time favorite radish recipes. | natashaskitchen.com
Arugula Salad with Berries
Arugula Salad loaded with strawberries, blueberries, creamy goat cheese and drizzled with the best balsamic glaze!
Arugula salad dressed with balsamic glaze

Winter and Fall Salad Recipes

Winter salads include the best of winter veggies to make cabbage salads and slaw, beet salads along with brussels sprout, broccoli, and cauliflower salads. We also love using winter fruit like pears, apples, and pomegranates to add that sweet and crisp bite to salads. Winter salads are some of our all-time favorite salads that we love to make and eat.

Beet Salad with Arugula and Balsamic Vinaigrette
This beet salad tastes fancy but is SO EASY to make. This is a show-stopping and flavorful salad that is impressive for entertaining or a wonderful meal in. Make-ahead tip: pre-cook beets up to 3 days in advance, cover and refrigerate them until ready to use.
This beet salad recipe tastes fancy but is SO EASY. A show-stopping and flavorful beet salad with arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. It’s gluten free, vegetarian and perfect for entertaining. With make-ahead option! | natashaskitchen.com
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe (VIDEO)
This creamy broccoli cauliflower salad always gets glowing reviews. Cauliflower salad is crisp, crunchy, chewy and every bite is coated in a delicious honey-lemon dressing.
broccoli cauliflower salad drizzled with creamy dressing
Broccoli Salad Recipe with Creamy Lemon Dressing (VIDEO)
The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe – loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins, and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try potluck favorite!
Broccoli Salad in a bowl
Coleslaw recipe with Homemade Dressing
The easiest homemade coleslaw recipe. Shredded white and red cabbage with carrots in a sweet and tangy creamy homemade dressing. This 10-minute recipe will win you over.
Coleslaw in bowl with dressing on the side
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is full of crunch, color, and flavor. It highlights all the best fall flavors and is definitely holiday worthy.
shaved Brussels sprouts salad
Asian Chopped Salad Recipe
Asian Chopped Salad is a bowl of crunchy, delicious goodness. It’s not only vibrant and healthy, it has a sweet and savory flavor that is irresistible. The easy homemade Asian dressing brings everything together.
Asian Chopped Salad in Mixing Bowl
Red Cabbage Salad with Apple
My Sister Alla’s Red Cabbage Salad with Apple is loaded with the best Autumn Ingredients. She sneaks sauerkraut into her salad, making it like a red cabbage slaw. One of our Favorite Red Cabbage Recipes
My Sister Alla's Red Cabbage Salad with Apple is loaded with the best Autumn Ingredients. She sneaks sauerkraut into her salad, making it like a red cabbage slaw. One of our Favorite Red Cabbage Recipes! | natashaskitchen.com
Cabbage and Pea Salad Recipe
This cabbage and pea salad is vibrant, crisp and fresh. You’ll love the sweet pop of flavor from the peas and the easy zesty dressing.
Winter Fruit Salad Recipe
This winter fruit salad is wonderfully refreshing and loaded with all the best fruits of Autumn and Winter. It is perfect for parties because it stays crisp and pretty even after 4-6 hours in the refrigerator. The “dressing” is sweetened with honey so there is no processed sugar here.

Amazing Homemade Salad Dressings

Many of the salad recipes above have homemade dressings but these are standout dressings that can’t be missed so we’re including them in this list because they are after all perfect for salads!

Italian Dressing
Italian Dressing is so much better homemade because you can add the best quality ingredients without any additives. This zesty Italian Dressing Recipe tastes fantastic and keeps really well in the refrigerator. 
Italian dressing pouring from serving spoon
Jalapeño Ranch Recipe
Jalapeño Ranch is perfect as a dressing, dip or sauce. It has a thick sour cream base, and is lightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice and a hint of spice.
Jalapeno ranch in mason jar with spoon in jar

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Cathy
    January 7, 2022

    Love all these salads. Can wait to make them all. Thanks so much!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2022

      I can’t wait for you to try them! Thank you for stopping by, Cathy!

      Reply

  • Taylor
    January 3, 2022

    This is the jackpot of healthy salad ideas! All of them look SO delicious, but I think I’m going to try the roasted sweet potato salad first. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 3, 2022

      Aren’t they the best! I’m so happy you’re enjoying them, Taylor!

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    January 3, 2022

    I love these salads! I have only made two but can’t wait to try more!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 3, 2022

      I hope you try them soon, Laura!

      Reply

  • Sabah
    January 3, 2022

    Thank you!
    I love your recipes and the way you cook them
    From Pakistan

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  • Henry
    January 1, 2022

    Love the Caprese, Cobb, and Avacodo salad!! I’m gonna add those to my recipe cards thank you very much 😃

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 1, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I hope you try more of our recipes soon!

      Reply

  • Mishelle
    January 1, 2022

    Yum, just yum. Everything I’ve made fron your recipes have just been so good. And it makes people think I’m a better cook than I really am.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 1, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Mishelle!

      Reply

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