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51 Salad Recipes - The Ultimate Salads Collection

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January 8, 2018 / International / By
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December is that time of the year when we all love to indulge in numerous delicious dishes. Then it is time to enjoy all the leftovers, then January comes and most people go from comfort food dishes to lighter dishes. During the past couple of weeks, we switched from comfort food to healthy food and from complex dishes to quick and easy to make dishes. Of course, salads played an important role in this change because they are quite easy to make and it's easy to transform them into quick dinners and delicious work lunches. Whether you are here because you want a quick and easy to make lunch or dinner or because you want to discover some healthy salad recipes, don’t worry, we are sure you will find a few recipes to try at home.

  1. Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins from SkinnyMs.

If you are looking for a hearty salad to pack for work, this Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad is a great choice. Full of fibers, proteins and antioxidants this is not only a filling salad but also a very healthy salad that is easy to make and great for a quick lunch.

  1. Som Tam (Papaya Salad) from Ryan Dickinson, our foodie

Side salads are also a great option for those who want to eat their veggies but need more than a salad to feel full. This Papaya Salad is a simple salad recipe but you can make it your own by adding extra green beans, cabbage or lettuce.

  1. Apple Salad with Bacon, Cranberries and Maple Vinaigrette from House of Yum

This Apple Salad with Bacon, Cranberries and Maple Vinaigrette is technically an autumn salad, however, we really think this salad is perfect for winter too. You don’t need a main dish for this salad and that’s basically what we love about it, besides the fact that it is very easy to make and it tastes amazing, of course. The flavors of apple cranberries, pecans, bacon, and feta go very well together.

  1. Roasted Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Walnut Salad from The Cook’s Pyjamas

To make this Roasted Beetroot Goats Cheese & Walnut Salad a hearty vegetarian meal, enjoy it with a French baguette or another type of crusty bread. Or, if you don’t eat bread, serve it as a side salad to your favorite winter main dish.

  1. Warm Potato Salad (German Style) from Anna, our foodie

There is something comforting about potato salads and that makes them perfect for cold weather. Potato salads are popular in Europe and America and there are endless recipes you can try to satisfy your potato salad cravings. We included a few in this article as well. The first one is a German-style Warm Potato Salad that is perfect for a winter lunch break.

  1. Green Bean Potato Salad from Girl Gone Gourmet

This Green Bean Potato Salad is great for all seasons. During summer, you can serve it as a side salad at a barbecue. It’s great with chicken, steak, or grilled fish. During winter time, this salad is perfect for roasted meats or served as an appetizer before the main course at family dinners. You can also transform it into a main meal if you add bacon and a poached egg or just a poached egg if you prefer a vegetarian option.

  1. Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach from Cookie + Kate

This Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach is not only colorful and delicious, it is also healthy and loaded with superfoods such as quinoa, carrot, spinach, and avocado. Nutritious, healthy, and easy to make – what more can you want from a salad, right?

  1. Kale Apple & Quinoa Salad from Cooking Classy

You probably noticed that quinoa is a key ingredient in many salad recipes we included here and that’s because quinoa is a great source of protein that is super easy to prepare compared to other proteins. The lemon juice and honey dressing of this Kale Apple & Quinoa Salad made us fell in love with all the flavors of the salad.

  1. Avocado Greek Salad with a Greek Salad Dressing from Café Delites

Traditionally, the Greek salad doesn’t contain avocado but we love the flavors of avocado in this Avocado Greek Salad with a Greek Dressing. We generally love when foodies put their own twist on classic recipes because this is how numerous amazing recipes are born.

  1. Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing from Gimme Delicious

Healthy and delicious, this Southwestern Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing contains spicy chicken and a refreshing and simple dressing made with sour cream, lime, and cilantro.

  1. Bacon Potato Salad from Averie Cooks

Another potato salad that is different from the classic one is this Bacon Potato Salad from Averie Cooks. No mayo but loaded with bacon, corn, spinach, and a delicious dressing made with Dijon mustard, vinegar, and olive oil. This potato salad is fresher than the classic salad but super delicious and great for family dinners during winter time or outdoor events during summer time.

  1. Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad from Peas And Crayons

This Blueberry Broccoli Spinach Salad is the perfect salad for those who love savory and sweet together. The salad is also very healthy and super easy to make.

  1. Penne Pasta Salad from Minimalist Baker

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this vegan Penne Pasta Salad is the perfect holiday salad but also a delicious work lunch or weeknight dinner. You will only need nine ingredients to make it and we are sure you will love the delicious and creamy pesto and the roasted tomatoes.

  1. Niҫoise Salad from Yoyo, our foodie

Niҫoise Salad is a delicious and hearty salad from France that is well known and loved all over the world. Potatoes, tuna, eggs, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, olives, capers, and a delicious Dijon mustard and lemon juice dressing make this salad so special and filling.

  1. BLT Cesar Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Everybody knows the BLT sandwich but it is time for you to meet the BLT salad. The bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes mix is perfect for a salad, especially when it is used to create a tasty BLT Cesar Salad. Basically, this salad is a mix of two favorites – the BLT sandwich and the Cesar salad. The BLT Cesar Salad is great for summer gatherings but also as a fulfilling winter main dish.

  1. Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) from A Spicy Perspective

Some people are afraid to try Vietnamese dishes at home because the recipes are too complicated, however, this Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad is very easy to make and absolutely amazing when it comes to all the flavors and textures in the salad.

  1. Shrimp Avocado Salad from Natasha’s Kitchen

Fresh, light and easy to make – these are the best words to describe this Shrimp Avocado Salad. The mix of shrimp, avocado, corn, cucumber, and tomatoes combined with the cilantro dressing makes a perfect lunch salad for those who want to eat healthy without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

  1. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing from Budget Bytes

Roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, sweet red onions, and the most delicious lemon-tahini we ever tried are the main ingredients you’ll need for this salad. In case you are not familiar with tahini, you have to know that this special condiment is made with sesame seeds and it is used in various salad dressings or in hummus and other types of dips. For a vegan or vegetarian meal, we recommend enjoying this salad with focaccia. Meat eaters can enjoy the salad as a side salad for a roasted chicken main dish.

  1. Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing from Cooking Classy

This Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is another case of autumn salad that we tried this January. You can imagine that an autumn salad makes a great side for autumn dishes but we are pretty sure you will enjoy it with winter dishes as well. We know we did!

  1. Thai Beef Salad from Anna, our foodie

We mentioned earlier that Vietnamese cuisine can be a little bit intimidating for cooking at home and the same thing can be said about Thai cuisine. Salads are a different story though so you can bring the Thai food flavors to your kitchen by making this Thai Beef Salad that is perfect for lunch with a side of rice.  

  1. Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad from Crème de la Crumb

We love winter, we really do, but autumn salads have something special that we cannot resist. This is why there are so many autumn salads on this January list. But honestly now, doesn’t this Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad with feta cheese sound like the best healthy treat for a busy day?

  1. Fried Halloumi Lentil Salad from The Almond Eater

When it comes to frying cheese, halloumi is probably the best cheese option. Made with sheep and goat milk, halloumi is not only great for frying but it is also delicious and great in salads like this Fried Halloumi Lentil Salad. The salad makes a great vegetarian meal that tastes delicious.

  1. Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing from The Chunky Chef

This Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a spring salad that can be enjoyed year round if you ask us. The salad is actually a twist on the classic broccoli salad. To make it better almonds, sunflower seeds, and cranberries were added to the mix. Oh, but that is not it! The citrus poppy seed dressing is also a-ma-zing for this new version of broccoli salad.

  1. Candied Pecan, Pear & Pomegranate Salad from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

When you mix pecans, pomegranate, pears, cranberries, and feta together you obtain a delicious and flavorful salad that is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch or a very light dinner

  1. Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad from Julia’s Album

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella is a fresh and light salad that is great for picnics and barbecues during summer time but also amazing for winter events if served as an appetizer salad or a side salad. This salad is basically Caprese salad with avocado because almost everything tastes better with avocado in it!

  1. Simple and Delicious Duck Salad from Anna, our foodie

If you never tried a duck salad before, start with this Simple and Delicious Duck Salad shared on our website by our foodie, Anna. It is very easy to make this salad but it makes an absolutely delicious meal. Not to mention it is also very healthy.

  1. Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables from Vanilla And Bean

This vegetarian lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is a great salad for a family gathering and it tastes amazing both warm and chilled. You can sub in seasonal veggies for the ones that you cannot find at your grocery store this time of the year and you can also make this salad vegan if you want.

  1. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad from RecipeTin Eats

Sweet potatoes and feta are a match made in heaven, especially when the sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection, combined with delicious feta, honey lemon dressing, and pecans. This salad makes a great side salad for winter events but can also be served as a main dish for a light lunch.

  1. Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

If you are looking for a fancy and delicious salad, look no more because this Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad is all you dreamed of. Save the recipe for the strawberry season because the flavors will be absolutely amazing and, until then, buy some strawberries from the grocery store and give this salad a try.  

  1. Thai Crunch Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing from Iowa Girl Eats

This Thai Crunch Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing is another Thai salad that we absolutely love. It is gluten-free, healthy, and full of amazing flavors.

  1. Avocado Black Bean & Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing from Vegan Huggs

Did we mention that avocado makes almost everything better? We think we did and here’s another proof for the statement – Avocado Black Bean & Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing. This colorful salad is loaded with satisfying yet healthy and nutritious ingredients that are filling and great for a healthy diet.

  1. Insalata Caprese Recipe - Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad provided to Eat the Globe by Penny at Danks Street Cheese Affineurs


Does anybody else love to make a quick salad snack or is it just us? When it comes to quick salads that can be served between main meals, Insalata Caprese or Caprese Salad is an amazing choice. This simple Italian salad is made with delicious mozzarella, ripened tomatoes, basil leaves, and some olive oil drizzled on top.

  1. Roasted Pumpkin Couscous Salad from Southern In Law

A couscous salad with raisins and roasted pumpkin? Why not? We are here for all the courageous combinations that result in delicious dishes for us to enjoy and this combination is a winner in our book.

  1. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Cooktoria

If you are in love with Mediterranean flavors, here’s a delicious and healthy salad recipe for you – Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this salad is easy to make and ready in no time.

  1. Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad from Rock Recipes

It might be hard to find juicy and sweet peaches during this time of the year but this Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad is too good not to be included on our list! The vinaigrette is so refreshing and amazing while the peaches are sweet and juicy and a great partner for the crispy bacon.  

  1. Rosemary Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad from How Sweet Eats

Mixing rosemary chicken, bacon, and avocado in a salad is such a great idea for a tasty salad. This salad is such an easy to make lunch or weeknight dinner, especially if you add your favorite veggies and greens to the mix.

  1. Loaded Low Fat Egg Salad from The Harvest Kitchen

When it comes to salads, we love when the description of the salad or, even better, the title contains the word “loaded” and that is because we like our salads to be loaded with amazing ingredients that have great nutritional benefits. You can transform this Loaded Low Fat Egg Salad into a lunch sandwich or you can serve it with crackers for extra crunchiness.

  1. Jamie's Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad, Mango, Herbs, Avo, Feta from Wool Worths

We think this journey in salad-world taught us that feta cheese is incredible in salads. Feta cheese and sweet potatoes? Yes, please! Feta cheese and various fruits and nuts? Of course! Feta cheese in an incredible Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad, Mando, Herbs, Avo? Even better!

  1. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad from Well Plated

Applebee’s, the restaurant chain, offers numerous incredible dishes to all the people that visit the restaurants. One of the customer’s favorite dishes on the menu is the Oriental Chicken Salad. This salad happens to be Erin’s from Well Plated favorite Applebee’s thing to order so she had to recreate the recipe in her kitchen and share the recipe with all of us. If you are a fan of Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad, this recipe is a must for you!

  1. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad from Pinch Of Yum

If all salads will be as delicious, spicy, and amazing as this Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad, all we would eat for the rest of our lives will be salads! By the way, this salad is gluten-free because soba noodles are made out of buckwheat. You can enjoy this salad straight out of the fridge if you want because it will be delicious anyway.

  1. Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter

This Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad is not the healthiest salad on our list but it is definitely one delicious salad that makes a great lunch or dinner. Besides the crispy chicken, this salad is packed with bacon, cheese, tomatoes and boiled eggs. If you add your favorite salad dressing to the mix, you will have the perfect meal in front of you!

  1. Asian Sesame Chicken Salad from Little Spice Jar

This salad has it all – crunchy texture, sweet and savory taste, spiciness and beautiful colors. The chicken, mandarin oranges, and sesame vinaigrette are some of the ingredients that make this salad so incredibly special.

  1. BLT Pasta Salad from Life In The Lofthouse

Another BLT salad? Yes and no. The first BLT salad we shared here was a mix of BLT sandwich and Cesar salad. This BLT Pasta Salad is basically a BLT served with pasta instead of bread. Also, mayonnaise was replaced by ranch dressing to make the salad even better. This salad is perfect for summer picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events but, let’s face it, once you taste you will want to enjoy it year round not just during summer months.

  1. Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

This Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad is bold, delicious, spicy, sweet, and juicy. The grilled pineapple, chicken and avocado go very well together. That’s a combination that we never tried before in a salad but our taste buds were impressed.

  1. Prawn Mango Avocado Salad from Flavour And Savour

How about a gluten-free salad that is ready in approximately 15 minutes and contains amazing mango flavors paired with avocado and delicious shrimp? We say it’s hard to say no to this Prawn Mango Avocado Salad.

  1. Tuscan Pasta Salad from The Recipe Critic

This Tuscan Pasta Salad is a simple salad packed with delicious flavors. Imagine sun-dried tomatoes, olives, peppers spinach, pasta, and spicy dressing. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it, you can make this salad today and enjoy it at work during lunchtime. Make sure you have enough to share with your coworkers because they will love it too!

  1. Easy Greek Pasta Salad from Oh, Sweet Basil

If you love summer and all its wonderful flavors, you will love this Easy Greek Pasta Salad made with fresh veggies and feta cheese. Told you feta cheese is the type of cheese that creates so many amazing salads!

  1. Cauliflower Salad (Warm) from Divalicious Recipes

Roast cauliflower, prepare the dressing and mix everything together with the simple dressing and voila – an amazing warm side salad to serve for dinner during cold winter evenings. 

  1. Middle Eastern Spicy Potato Salad (Batata Harra) from The Mediterranean Dish

The last, but by no means least, potato salad on our list is this Middle Eastern Spicy Potato Salad packed with garlic flavors, herbs, spices, and lime juice. There is no mayo in this potato salad so it is perfect for you if you are vegan. If you are not, you can serve it to your vegan friends. We’re convinced they will love all the wonderful Middle Eastern flavors.

  1. Mexican Chopped Salad from The Café Sucre Farine

From the Middle East, we are moving to Mexico for another healthy, fresh, and amazing salad! This Mexican Chopped Salad is a great appetizer salad to serve at family and friends gatherings!

  1. Berry Feta Salad with Creamy Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing from Carlsbad CRAVINGS

The last salad recipe we are going to talk about today is this Berry Feta Salad with Creamy Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing. We knew feta cheese was amazing in so many combinations but we never tried it with strawberries and we were clearly missing out because the strawberry poppy seed dressing is perfect for the berry feta salad.


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