Who said salad has to be boring? Not us! This comprehensive list features healthy salad recipes for every occasion you can think of.

A collage of 4 salad recipes

Are you the kind of person who gets excited at the thought of salad? Get ready to feed your addiction with the list of our most exciting salads.  

The Anatomy of Every Perfect Salad

Ever wonder what components go into making the perfect salad? Below, find an overview of the basic structure. 

  1. The Base: The base can consist of just about any lettuce from romaine to arugula, but it doesn’t stop there. For crunchy slaw, you can also use broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage. Or, in the summertime the base could be juicy tomatoes or even watermelon!  
  2. The Protein & Veggies: Next, you’ll want to select a complimentary mix of veggies and/or protein. Red onion, carrots, beets, peppers, beans, hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken, steak – you can’t go wrong!  
  3. Toppers: Now for the fun part…toppers! Every salad deserves a chef’s kiss of toasty nuts, cheese, bacon bits, or dried fruit.  
  4. Dressing: Finally, it’s the dressing that pulls everything together. From creamy Greek dressing to simple red wine vinaigrettes, the possibilities are endless (and delicious).  

Different Kinds of Salads

While there are too many salads out there to name, we’ve bucketed our favorites into 5 categories. 

  • Appetizer Salads – Consider these salads the perfect start to any meal. They also make for a great side dish to protein.  
  • Fruity Salads – Fruity salads are for lovers of sweet and salty flavor profiles. 
  • Pasta Salads – Nothing says a backyard BBQ or potluck like a pasta salad. Plus, who doesn’t like eating pasta and getting to call it a salad?!   
  • Filling Dinner Salads – These salads are so filling, they can be eaten as a meal all on their own.  
  • Bonus: Russian & Ukrainian Salads – At Momsdish, we love to bring our family recipes into the mix. This bonus section includes some of our most beloved Slavic salads!

Ever use a salad spinner? It wicks off all the moisture from lettuce and cleans it to prevent your salad from tasting soggy or watered down. Check this one out if you don’t have one.

The BEST Salad Dressings

Find yourself leaning on bottled, store bought dressings? Try your hand at making delicious ones homemade!

  • Beet Salad Dressing (Quick & Easy) – This tangy vinaigrette is perfect for leafy green salads that contain sweet roasted, boiled, and pickled beets (such as recipe #5, #14, and #15). 
  • Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing – Caesar dressing is the perfect balance of tang and umami (savoriness). Use it for everything from salads to wraps! 
  • China Coast Salad Dressing (Teriyaki Restaurant) – If you’ve ever had a teriyaki plate, you’ve likely fallen in love with the dressing that comes on the tiny side salad. That’s China Coast Dressing – a creamy, Asian-style dressing that’s so uniquely tasty! 
  • Light Ranch Dressing Recipe – This ranch dressing is packed full of fresh herbs and great for everything from cobb salads to air fryer chicken tenders. 

Hot Tip: Store salad dressing in Mason Jars so you can easily shake them up and redistribute all the ingredients. Plus they’re airtight and will keep your dressing fresh for longer!

FAQ

How do you properly mix a salad?

This is hard to say, because each salad is so different. For sturdier salads, a toss with a salad fork and spoon does the trick. For more delicate salads (like recipe #12 for Peach Burrata Salad), a drizzle of dressing right on top will suffice.

How should you store salads?

Most salads should be eaten straight away, but others are perfect for make-ahead. As a general rule of thumb, always store the veggies and protein separately from the dressing.

What are some great proteins to add to salads?

Grilled chicken, air fryer salmon, cast-iron ribeye, hard-boiled eggs, and air fryer shrimp are all great options.

Appetizer Salads

1. Arugula Caprese Salad

This simple salad features cherry tomatoes, avocado, and fresh mozzarella cheese nestled on top of a bed of spicy arugula. You’ll love the tangy lemon and black pepper dressing!

Arugula Caprese Salad on a plate

2. Ultimate Garden Salad Recipe

This garden salad recipe is the perfect everyday salad. It’s so universal and can round out just about any meal! 

Ultimate Garden Salad in a bowl

3. Pickled Vegetables (aka Giardiniera)

Giardineira features large chunks of crunchy, pickled broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Use it as a topper for a steak sandwich or serve it alongside grilled meat. 

A bowl of pickled vegetables

4. 15-Minute Creamy Cucumber Salad

There’s no better way to use cucumbers than this decadently creamy and herby salad. Perfect for your next BBQ!

15-Minute Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe Story Poster Image

5. Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

Beets and goat cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly…that’s just a fact! Throw in tangy dried cranberries, and it’s game over. Perfect for a fall dinner party or as a part of your holiday spread. 

Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad in a large bowl

6. Quinoa Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe

This kale quinoa salad is such a vegetarian powerhouse, it could have easily fit into the “Filling Dinner Salads” category. You’ll love the combo of hard-boiled egg, avocado, and nutty quinoa. 

Quinoa Kale and Avocado Salad in a bowl

7. Arugula, Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

This is one of those salads that’s good with every single forkful. Fresh, healthy, and full of texture! 

veggies and cheese in a bowl for the Arugula avocado tomato and cucumber salad

8. Black Bean Corn Salad

This salad is somewhere in between a salsa and a dip and can be used in so many different ways. The perfect trifecta of corn, avocado, and black beans! 

Black Bean Corn Salad on a plate

9. Broccoli Cucumber and Tomato Salad

If you love texture, this salad is for you! You’ll crunch your way all the way to the bottom of the bowl. 

Broccoli Cucumber and Tomato Salad in a bowl mixed with greek yogurt

10. Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad

This is one of our all-time favorite winter salads! The crunchy brussels are elevated to the next level with salty bacon bits, garlic parsley salt, and parmesan cheese. 

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad Story Poster Image

Fruity Salads 

11. Kale Quinoa Salad (15 Minutes)

Pomegranate seeds brighten this kale, quinoa, cucumber, and tomato salad. You’ll love the tangy avocado oil dressing that wraps everything together! 

Quinoa Salad in a bowl

12. Tomato Peach Burrata Salad Recipe

If you haven’t tried burrata yet, you’re in for a treat. A close cousin to mozzarella, it’s crazy decadent and perfectly paired with balsamic vinegar and peach slices.

Tomato peach burrata salad on a plate

13. Bayonne Ham Arugula Salad Recipe

Thin slices of ham are complemented by apple, goat cheese, and red onion. Unique and effortlessly classy! 

Bayonne Ham Arugula Salad Recipe Story Poster Image

14. Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Another beet and goat cheese salad for the books – this time with crunchy apples. What’s better? The roasted beets add so much wonderful texture to the mix! 

roasted beef salad in a bowl

15. Beet Quinoa Salad (Only 5 Ingredients)

This salad is so beautiful, it’s almost hard to eat (…almost). The tangy oranges take it to the next level. 

Beet Quinoa Salad in a bowl

16. Berry Spinach Salad Recipe

This simple salad of fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and feta cheese makes for such a wonderful bite. 

Berry Spinach Salad in a bowl

Pasta Salads

17. Caprese Pasta Salad (Quick & Easy)

This salad features all the elements of a classic caprese (tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella) tossed with tender noodles. Perfect for your next family potluck or work party! 

Caprese pasta salad in a bowl with

18. Italian Pasta Salad (Very Easy)

This pasta salad is a legit flavor explosion! Salami, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers make it hard to put down. 

Italian pasta salad in a bowl

Filling Dinner Salads 

19. Easy Cobb Salad with Tuna

This salad is a fun spin on a traditional chicken cobb. Made with canned tuna, it comes together in minutes and is so satisfying (hello, tasty work lunches!). 

Cobb Salad with Tuna with dressing on the salad

20. Tostada Salad

This salad features avocado and chicken nestled in warm, flour tortilla bowl (it’s not fried, but baked until nice and soft!). The finishing touch? A dollop of tangy sour cream. 

Tostada Salad on a plate with sour cream being poured on top of it

21. 15-Minute Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Roasted sunflower seeds and bacon bits take this salad from a side dish to an entree (unless you want to serve it as a side dish that is). Full of crunchy texture! 

Bowl filled with ingredients for broccoli cauliflower salad.

22. Tortilla Salad Recipe

Consider this salad a deconstructed burrito. It features grilled chicken or beef, avocado, tomatoes, beans, cheese, and salsa. Yum!

Tortilla Salad on a plate

23. Mexican Tuna Salad Recipe

If you want to throw an exciting salad into your rotation, this is it. A perfect symphony of black beans, corn, creamy avocado, red peppers, and tuna tossed in a spicy ranch dressing. 

Mexican Tuna Salad in a bowl

24. Sesame Chicken Salad

This salad features grilled chicken tossed with our famous China Coast dressing. Filling, refreshing, and just right. 

Sesame Chicken Salad on a plate

25. Shrimp Lettuce Salad Recipe

​The simple combination of shrimp and bacon will have you wondering how a salad can be so tasty. Great for a quick and filling light lunch!

Shrimp Lettuce Salad on a large plate, with a jar of ranch dressing next to it and limes

Russian/Ukrainian Salads

26. Shuba (Fur Coat Salad)

This fancy, Slavic salad is a special occasion staple. It features beautiful layers of herring, beets, potatoes, carrots, onion, and hard boiled egg. A must-try! 

shuba salad on a plate

27. Olivier Potato Salad (Салат Оливье)

If you love American-style potato salad, you must try this recipe for olivier. It’s packed with peas, carrots, hard boiled egg, bologna, and pickles all tossed in a creamy, lemony dressing. 

Traditional Olivier Sald

28. Russian Beet Salad (with Garlic)

Calling all garlic lovers! This one is for you. Shredded beets are tossed with 8 garlic cloves (yes, 8!) for the perfect side dish to keep the vampires away. 

Russian beet salad with garlic in a bowl

29. Russian Vinaigrette Salad (Beet Salad)

This salad is bright, beautiful, and full of flavor. It features chunks of beets, carrots, and potatoes tossed in a tangy dressing. 

Vinaigrette Salad in a bowl with a spoon

30. Amazing Purple Cabbage Salad

This refreshing salad is packed with onions, tomatoes, and tangy olives. Serve it alongside a bratwurst and sit back and relax!

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.