50+ BEST Salad Recipes

A delicious and huge collection of the BEST salad recipes on the web. From sweet to savory, there are so many options to choose from!

Sweet or savory, green or pasta, there is a salad for any occasion. Salads are perfect as a side, but many are hearty enough to be the star. In case you are looking for more to try yourself, I’ve rounded up 50+ Homemade Salad Recipes from that I think you’ll enjoy. 🙂

More Collections: Grilled Dinner Ideas, Pasta Salad Recipes, Salad Dressing Recipes

I LOVE salad – like a LOT!! If we got out to eat, I almost always get a salad. And it’s usually not because they’re healthy (because we all know the dressing makes them not so healthy) – I just love the taste. The hubby thinks I’m crazy but I’m not since I know there are plenty of you who love salad too. 😉

BEST SALADS

I love salad all year long, but I especially crave it during the spring and summer. You can bet that I’ll take any excuse to get it now, and since I can’t go out to eat every night I’m trying to find new salad recipes that are easy and delicious. From sweet to savory, we know there are so many kinds of salads, and in my book – they’re all winners. We love trying out new salad recipes and love that they can be so easily modified based on the ingredients and dressing you use.

Salads are great for so many reasons. They can hold their own as a main dish or be a great supporting dish. Choose in season produce and incorporate lots of colors, flavors and textures to your salad

When serving as a side: When serving as a side dish plan to serve  ½-1 cup (4-6 oz) pasta salad per guest. For green/vegetable salads plan to serve 1-2 c (2 ½ -5 oz) per person. Finally, plan to serve 1 cup  (3.5 oz) of fruit salad per person. 

If the salad is the main dish, plan to serve 1 ½ -2  cups of pasta salad or 2-2 ½  c green salad per person. 

Salad Proteins: Adding grilled chicken or beef to a salad is an easy way to make it more filling and turn it into a main side rather than a side. Some other additions include:

  • Shrimp
  • Bacon bits
  • Black, kidney or white beans
  • Boiled eggs
  • Buffalo chicken
  • Chickpeas

Dressings

Favorite Dressing: “dressing” is the perfect word for salad dressing. They really do dress up the salad. Here are some of our favorites. 

Green Salads

Salad Pizza Salad Recipe
Delish Pizza Salad is hearty & refreshing. All of the flavors of pizza on a bed of greens, topped with a homemade herb dressing!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Side Dish Tuna Salad Recipe
Chopped Tuna Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Filled with fresh crisp veggies the color of the rainbow, protein packed tuna, and tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Salad Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad is filled with buffalo seasoned chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch. It's your favorite wings in salad form!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Antipasto Salad Recipe
Antipasto Salad Is the perfect summer salad! It's filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more can can be topped with your favorite dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Quick Caprese Salad Recipe
Simple and Quick Caprese Salad is easy and delicious with pops of mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados and drizzled with a balsamic glaze!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe
Delish Steak and Tortellini Salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Cobb Salad Recipe
This simple cobb salad is so full of tasty ingredients it's a meal all on it's own. It is quick to make and utterly delicious.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
Ultimate Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, croutons, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Strawberry Harvest Salad – tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with apples, strawberries, chicken, candied pecans, cheese and a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Salad Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad Recipe
Loaded with sweet, tropical flavors, this delicious Luau Salad is BETTER than it's Cheesecake Factory double!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Chicken Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Salad Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
Honey Mustard Chicken Salad is one of the heartiest, most delicious salad recipes you'll try! With greens, fruits, nuts, and a tangy dressing, it's a real winner.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
A delicious salad with tomatoes, chicken, craisins, sunflower seeds and a delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. The dressing only requires 4 ingredients and takes minutes to make!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Salad Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe
Bright & Flavorful Asian Citrus Chicken Salad topped with crunchy wontons and a fruity vinaigrette is a family favorite!!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, and more tossed in a flavorful asian dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.59 from 31 votes
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Salad Wedge Salad Recipe
This fresh wedge salad is a classic. It's crisp and refreshing, smothered in creamy dressing and topped with crumbles of cheese and bacon.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Sweet Kale Salad is topped with chunks of apple, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and bacon, served with a homemade sweet dijon vinaigrette!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Fresh Arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Caesar Salad Cups Recipe
Caesar Salad Cups are a quick, simple and tasty side dish or appetizer. They're mini salads in a cup and great for parties and get togethers!
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Southwest Caprese Salad Recipe
Southwest caprese salad substitutes queso fresco and a bright cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette to add some flair. It is fresh, vibrant, and full of flavor!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits – perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn't only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Napa cabbage, slivered almonds, ramen, & sesame seeds in a delicious dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
This Strawberry Spinach Salad is fresh, naturally sweet, colorful and absolutely delicious. Serve it as a quick lunch, a dinner side, or a potluck item!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Pasta Salad

Salad Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is filled with spicy buffalo wings and topped with a tangy blue cheese dressing. It is easy and delish!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It's perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Creamy chicken pasta salad is quick, easy, and SO tasty. It is packed with hearty ingredients for a filling side or main dish!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Main Course, Salad Greek Orzo Salad Recipe
Orzo Salad is a Greek pasta salad loaded with Orzo, veggies, and feta topped with a Greek dressing.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Side Dish Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe
Cashew Chicken Pasta – a cream pasta recipe with chicken, grapes, cashews and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
Greek Pasta Salad – bow tie pasta with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, spinach, chickpeas and Greek Dressing!! Simple and delicious!
Total Time: 5 minutes
Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
Easy & Delicious Asian Pasta Salad topped with a sweet and tangy dressing is packed with veggies and flavor!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad Asian Noodle Salad Recipe
Asian Noodle Salad – coleslaw, linguine, chicken, and fried wonton strips covered in a delicious homemade Asian dressing!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Side Dish Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.71 from 17 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Chinese Pasta Salad – filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Salad Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe
This cold tortellini salad is the ultimate side dish for bbq and potlucks! With tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan tossed in Italian dressing, this Tortellini Spinach Salad is packed with all the best flavors!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.7 from 10 votes
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Salad Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy & Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad is light, delicious and flavorful. This simply dressed salad is a new favorite!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Is Covered In Basil And Filled With Mozzarella Balls, Tomatoes, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduction Sauce! It’s A Light Dish With A Bold Flavor, Making It Perfect For Potlucks, Parties, BBQ’s, And Get Togethers!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Fruit and Veggie Salads

Salad, Side Dish Ambrosia Salad Recipe
This ambrosia salad will take your straight back to your childhood. The best creamy fruit salad with mini marshmallows mixed in!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Pistachio Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! With mini marshmallows and crushed pineapples, this cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Fall Fruit Salad Recipe
Fall fruit salad is full of seasonal fruit and dressed in a bright honey, orange, and poppy seed dressing!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Snicker Apple Salad Recipe
Delicious Apple Snickers Salad that is so good and so easy to make! Layers of apples, snickers, and caramel in a creamy topping made from cool whip, milk, and vanilla pudding mix.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Dessert Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Salad is the perfect combination of creamy, light, and fresh! Fresh berries tossed in a cream cheese pudding mixture—it’s the perfect side, or crepe filling!
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.67 from 12 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Pea Salad Recipe
Pea salad is made with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, cheese, and bright pops of peas. It only requires a handful of ingredients and is easy to make!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Asparagus Salad Recipe
Filled with mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes, seasoned with basil, and covered in a light balsamic vinaigrette, this asparagus salad is bursting with flavor! Best of all, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Asian Ramen Salad Recipe
Fresh & lightly dressed Asian Ramen Salad filled with crunchy bits of almonds and ramen is perfect for your next party or BBQ!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.95 from 40 votes
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Salad Corn Salad Recipe
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It’s so simple and quick that it’s perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 41 votes
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Salad Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe
Full of shredded Brussel sprouts, pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, and a little bit of shaved parmesan, this colorful salad has the perfect amount of crunch!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Salad Broccoli Strawberry Salad Recipe
Strawberry broccoli salad is creamy and refreshing with pops of juicy fruit. It can easily be made ahead and enjoyed later!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
Easy & Delicious Asian Pasta Salad topped with a sweet and tangy dressing is packed with veggies and flavor!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Frito Corn Salad Recipe
Fresh and tasty frito corn salad is bursting with sweet corn and covered in a perfectly spicy creamy sauce. It is perfectly refreshing.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe
Southwest Quinoa Salad is bursting with freshness. It's got a ton of texture going on and a whole lot of flavor!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Flavorful and simple cauliflower salad with a creamy crunch! Filled with veggies, onions, bacon, sunflower seeds and cheese, this salad is sure to be a hit at any BBQ or get together.
5 from 19 votes
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Salad Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
The best crunchy Chinese chicken salad with undeniably delicious flavors that will make you coming back for seconds and thirds! We love this recipe!!
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad – it’s simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Salad Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad – a simple, delicious and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get togethers. So many great flavors!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish Caprese Stuffed Avocados Recipe
Caprese Stuffed Avocados – filled with Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic glaze providing a great side/salad to any meal.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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  1. I love salad in the summer – well pretty much all year long lol! I’m so excited to try these!!

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  3. This has got to be *the* best salad collection of ‘real food’ salads that I have seen. Lots of great fresh ingredients without all that weird new age ‘food’ that people are putting in salads now(sorry, but quinoa?..blech). Thanks for the recipes, great job!

  4. HI Kristyn, I am going to a wedding shower on August 1st and it is a filipina/asian style. I wanted to take your Hawaiian Macaroni salad, however I cannot find the recipe. I am wondering if you wouldn’t mind reposting or forwarding it to me. I love it’s tanginess and simplicity. I served in the past to my son and he loves it. It seems you would be super busy with 6 children, so I understand if you don’t have the time.