Nothing hits the spot like a fresh and flavorful salad. These 25 Easy & Healthy Salad Recipes will have you whipping up all sorts of salads on the regular – not just because you want to be healthy, but because you love the way they taste!
Step up Your Salad Game With These Easy Recipes
For some reason, salads are often thought of as boring health food that people only eat for the nutritional benefits. They’re wildly underrated if you ask me! When a salad has all the right fixings in it, it can be just as irresistible as your favorite comfort foods.
Of course the nutritional benefits are nice, but these recipes are also here to help your palate gain a whole new appreciation for salad. While you’re munching away, your taste buds will be happy campers. Once your plate is empty, you’ll feel like a million bucks!
What Are the 5 Types of Salads?
Let’s break down the umbrella term of salad into 5 basic categories.
- Garden/Green Leaf Salad: This is probably the simplest kind of salad out of the 5, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the most lackluster. Centered around leafy greens like spinach, kale, lettuce and arugula, these salads allow the flavor of the dressing to really shine.
- Vegetable Salad: A vegetable salad is similar to a green salad, only its recipe will call for a wider variety of veggies.
- Grain/Legume Salad: Any salad that features ingredients like pasta, quinoa, beans or lentils would fall under this category.
- Main Course Salad: This refers to a salad that contains a protein source like seafood, poultry, beef or tofu, making it substantial enough to enjoy as a main dish.
- Fruit Salad: Composed of a colorful array of fresh fruits, this kind of salad is often served as a breakfast side, a snack or a dessert.
Is It Healthy to Eat Salad Every Day?
Absolutely! Forget about an apple a day, ’cause salads are where it’s at.
They boast extensive health benefits, and with all the different types to choose from, it’s easy to get enough variation to keep you interested. This collection of recipes spans the entire salad spectrum – use it as your one-stop shop for selecting your daily salad!
Tips for Success
Each individual recipe comes with its own tips and tricks, but there are a few key guidelines that apply to pretty much all salads. Here they are:
- Layer on the Flavor: I’ve already tailored all the salads in this roundup to contain loads of crave-worthy flavor. However, this is still an important point to discuss when it comes to salad-making in general. You can’t get an amazing salad by mindlessly throwing together whatever produce you have laying around in the fridge. Give yourself something to daydream about – a reason to dig through the salad to get that last roasted beet or whatever it is.
- Don’t Underestimate the Dressing: A salad without a dressing is like a tortilla chip without a dip. You need a dynamite dressing to make a dynamite salad! While substituting the dressing in a given salad recipe according to your preferences is totally fine, you definitely don’t want to omit it entirely.
- Avoid Iceberg Lettuce: There is no nutritional value in iceberg lettuce, or romaine for that matter. I strongly suggest avoiding the stuff altogether – unless you’re making a wedge salad, in which case I’ll allow it. In all other scenarios, go for the stuff that looks like weeds and enjoy the accompanying flavor and nutrients!
- Be Mindful of Storage: It’s almost always ideal to store your salad and dressing in separate airtight containers in the fridge. If you think you might have leftovers, serve the dressing on the side and add it as you go instead of tossing it with the entire salad at once.
What Goes Well With Salad?
Salad is a classic side dish for a reason – you can pair it with whatever you’d like! Proteins like Grilled Shrimp and Baked Chicken can be served separately or incorporated into the salad itself to bulk things up. If you’re making a main course salad, particularly versatile pairing options include Roasted Potatoes and Avocado Bruschetta.
Is your mouth watering too? Let’s get into the collection of recipes that’ll have you consistently craving salad from here on out.