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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 with the Best Dressing
    A taco salad is basically a deconstructed taco served in a bowl. If you want to re-create a Mexican restaurant experience, serve this salad in a crispy Tortilla Taco Salad Shell for a fun twist.
    Taco Salad Recipe served with dressing and lime wedges
    Easy 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
    Apple 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!
    Apple 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. You can serve this in many ways from a side salad to an egg salad sandwich, over greens, or in lettuce cups.

    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 Recipe
    Panzanella Salad with crusty bread, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and the best homemade vinaigrette dressing.
    Panzanella Recipe in white 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 in a bowl with cucumbers, dill, red onions and creamy sour cream dressing
    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. 
    Creamy cucumber radish salad in a white bowl
    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 recipe tastes fancy but is SO EASY to make. A show-stopping and flavorful salad that is impressive for holidays, entertaining, or a simple dinner at home.
    A show-stopping and flavorful beet salad with arugula with balsamic vinaigrette. It’s gluten free, vegetarian and perfect for entertaining.
    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 Creamy 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 a mixing bowl with creamy dressing
    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!

    Avocado Ranch Dressing and Dip
    This avocado ranch has a thick, creamy consistency and irresistible flavor! It’s delicious as a veggie dip or salad dressing.
    Love ranch dressing? You'll flip for this avocado ranch dressing and dip. So creamy with amazing flavor! Perfect as avocado ranch dip or salad dressing! | natashaskitchen.com
    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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    • Myra
      April 30, 2024

      Natasha, I’m a loyal fan. I have made many of your recipes over the last few years…not once was I disappointed. Love your salads and accompanying dressing recipes in particular. You are my go to person for delicious meals.


      • NatashasKitchen.com
        April 30, 2024

        Hi Myra! Thank you so much, I’m glad you’re loving the recipe!


    • Myra Ball
      April 30, 2024

      Natasha, I’m a loyal fan. I have made many of your recipes over the last few years…not once was I disappointed. Love your salads and accompanying dressing recipes in particular. You are my go to person for delicious meals.


      • NatashasKitchen.com
        April 30, 2024

        Thank you so much, Myra! That makes me happpy.


    • Penny
      August 18, 2022

      Hi Natasha,
      You are my go to for recipes. I was looking for a pea salad recipe that has bacon in it. that is one recipe you don’t have. Everything that you make looks and tastes amazing.


      • Natashas Kitchen
        August 18, 2022

        I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Penny!


    • Connie
      July 21, 2022

      Do you have a good chef salad recipe? That is my favorite salad.


      • Natasha's Kitchen
        July 22, 2022

        Hi Connie, I believe I don’t have that yet but feel free to check my salad recipes here.


    • Joan
      July 12, 2022

      Natasha, your recipes are amazing! You have your own board on my Pinterest chock full of your delicious recipes. I just stumbled across these 40+ salads and can’t decide which to make first! Thank you so much!!!


      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 12, 2022

        You’re welcome, Joan! I hope you love these recipes!


    • Jan
      March 19, 2022

      This 40+ salad page would deserve a printed version. Can we have a salad cook book? 🙂


      • Natashas Kitchen
        March 19, 2022

        Thank you so much for that suggestion, Jan!


        • Joan
          July 12, 2022

          This really is a fabulous idea! Have you done this Natasha? I would buy one for myself and all of my friends! Where can I get them? Yum


          • Natashas Kitchen
            July 12, 2022

            Hi Joan! We are currently working on our first cookbook. But this is a great suggestion! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!


    • Ana Duran
      February 18, 2022

      Love your salads. I will make many of them. Thank you very much.


      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 18, 2022

        I hope you enjoy these salads, Ana!


    • Cathy
      January 7, 2022

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


      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 7, 2022

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


    • 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!


      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 3, 2022

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


    • Laura Reese
      January 3, 2022

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


      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 3, 2022

        I hope you try them soon, Laura!


    • Sabah
      January 3, 2022

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


    • Henry
      January 1, 2022

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


      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 1, 2022

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


    • 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.


      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 1, 2022

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


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