30 Healthy Salad Recipes
Our best and most flavorful salad recipes play more than just a supporting role, they are the star of the table.
Drizzled with homemade vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes steal the show in this twist on the traditional BLT sandwich. French baguette slices smothered in goat cheese rounds out this delicious dish.
Tip: Tomato “shoulders” are tender, so to avoid bruising, store tomatoes stem side up.
- Recipe: Deconstructed BLT
You can use any combo of fresh herbs in this salad; we like a mixture of mint, basil, parsley, and chives.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, which star in this light and refreshing salad. You can substitute orzo pasta, faro, or couscous for the quinoa, if you prefer.
- Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
For the freshest shrimp on the market, look for I.Q.F. on the label. It means "individually quick frozen."
- Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad
This zesty, and highly seasoned, Caesar dressing can also be used as a sandwich spread. Try it on toasted French bread with sliced tomatoes.
- Recipe: Lime Caesar Salad
Go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes, and macadamia nuts for the pecans. Add about ½ cup coconut for even more island flavor.
- Recipe: Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
Salmon skin is easier to remove after cooking, so grill (or broil) the fillets first.
Sure, you can just mash up a crab cake on top of your salad, but we like this thoughtful recipe better. It has a lighter texture and flavor because the crab isn’t fried or sautéed first.
- Recipe: Maryland Crab Cake Salad
Salmon is a fatty fish, but it’s the good fat your body needs.
Colorful produce and creamy goat cheese come together to make a satisfying side dish—perfect for a seaside soirée.
Here’s a secret: Toss the warm boiled potatoes in some of the dressing mixture so they soak up the zesty flavor.
- Recipe: Lime Shrimp Salad
Soba noodles are made of buckwheat and wheat and have a nutty-earthy flavor. This version, made from green tea, can be tricky to find in smaller cities; you can substitute any noodles with excellent results.
Add some zest to a healthy salmon salad with a Mexican-inspired chunky tomato salsa dressing.
Fresh parsley, chopped dill, and ground black pepper pack this crab cake full of flavor. Topping a cool radish-and-avocado salad, this dish will be your next go-to.
Feta dressing gives this salad a subtle Greek flavor. For a variation, try substituting your favorite fish.
- Recipe: Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad
Round out this meal with warm, grilled baguette slices.
Save the remaining vinaigrette for up to two days in the refrigerator.
Adding chopped mango and a creamy dressing with ginger and curry gives a chicken dish a little tropical flair.
- Recipe: Chicken-Mango Chopped Salad
This simple recipe works well on whatever vegetables are in season or look especially tasty at the farmer's market.
- Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Salad
Jicama is a sweet root vegetable that looks like a turnip, and tastes somewhere between a water chesnut and an apple. If you can't find it, substitue a crisp, white turnip.
Panzanella is a rustic Italian bread-and-tomato salad.
- Recipe: Panzanella
A fast-growing fish, mahi mahi is considered an ocean-friendly seafood choice. At the market, look for a fish with brightly colored skin and meat with a pinkish hue.
Hoppin' John always combines black-eyed peas and rice. Although eating it on New Year's Day is said to bring good luck, it's a beloved side dish year-round.
- Recipe: Shrimp and Hoppin' John Salad
When cooking pasta, use four to six quarts of water for every pound of pasta. Stir in about ½ to 1 tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta to the boiling water before adding the noodles. Adding oil keeps them from sticking together, but also keeps flavorful sauces from sticking.
- Recipe: Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad
Pairing sweet watermelon with earthy tomatoes and fresh grilled shrimp yields a flavor combination that will surprise and delight your taste buds.
Scallops toughen easily, so take care not to overcook them.
Tangy blue cheese, spicy arugula, scrumptious steak, and portobellos make this salad an undeniable winner.
Refreshing with a healthy dose of spice, this salad makes a great meal for a crowd.
- Recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Salad
This quick and easy salad (ready in less than 25 minutes and in only two steps!) is colorful, tasty, and healthy.
- Recipe: Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad
This classic salad niçoise combines hard-cooked eggs, fingerling potatoes, haricots vert, fresh lettuces, and of course tuna.
- Recipe: Grilled Tuna Salad Niçoise
Light, refreshing, and perfect for any time of year, this tasty salad can be tossed together in 15 minutes flat.