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.
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
Easy Lunch Salads
Pasta Salad Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Arugula Salad loaded with strawberries, blueberries, creamy goat cheese and drizzled with the best 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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