Green Salad Recipes

Green salad recipes are for any occasion. They can be filled with a variety of protein and topped with any flavor dressing you can imagine!

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A collage of multiple green salad recipes.

Summer Salads

When summer is upon us and the weather heats up, we love to have some cool and refreshing dinners on hand that won’t heat the kitchen.

We have salads at least one time per week! They are filled with healthy fiber, calcium, and vitamins like potassium and vitamin c. With so many tasty options and flavor profiles, you will never run out of delicious options.

Before I share all of my favorite Green Salad Recipes with you, here are some tips for constructing the best salads!

A buffalo chicken green salad in a white bowl with gold forks.

Salad Tips

Serving Suggestions:

  • Side salad: plan for 1.5-2 oz lettuce per person
  • Main Dish: Plan 2.5-3 oz lettuce per person
  • Salad Dressing: 2 tbsp equals one serving

Colorful: The leafy greens make a beautiful backdrop to colorful produce. You can pretty much use any kind of produce that you wish, but some common fruits and vegetables used in green salads include:

  • Veggies: carrots, cucumber, radish, celery, green or red onion, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, watercress.
  • Fruits: strawberry, mango, avocado, Mandarin oranges, pears, apples.

Bite Sized: Aside from a wedge salad you should never have to use a knife to cut your salad. Cut lettuce and other mix-ins into bite size pieces.

Arugula salad - a simple green salad recipe.

Best Salad Ingredients

Greens: Lettuce leaves are the main ingredient for a green salad. Salads are typically made with 1-2 types of lettuce and often feature other greens. Some common types include:

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Romain
  • Green Leaf
  • Red Leaf
  • Bibb (Boston/Butter lettuce)
  • Arugula
  • Frisee/Curly Endive
  • Fresh Spinach

Cheese: Cheese is definitely a must for most of my salads. It can be used to add a lot of flavor or just a hint. It can be crumbled, cubed or shredded. Some popular salad cheeses include feta, goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese. 

Crunch: One of my favorite elements of a salad are the ingredients that add a bit of a crunch. Often the crunch comes from crispy produce like carrots, cucumbers and apples. You can also use croutons, tortilla strips, nuts, and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. 

Protein: Many salads already include protein in the ingredients list. If it doesn’t, or you wish to make substitutions it’s super easy. Some delicious proteins include: 

  • Shrimp
  • Bacon Bits
  • Black, Kidney or White Beans
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Chicken- Buffalo, Grilled, Breaded
  • Chickpeas
  • Steak Strips
  • Tuna
  • Nuts
Waldorf salad in a white bowl with a fork.

Best Dressings

Some salads are best served tossed in the dressing, other salads can be served with a side of dressing. If you wish to toss the salad with the dressing, then wait to do so until right before serving so that none of the ingredients get soggy.

Salads are typically topped with a simple olive oil and red wine vinegar, or a vinaigrette like Strawberry Vinaigrette or Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette or a dressing like Caesar Salad dressing or Ranch Dressing. Here is a link for more homemade Dressing recipes.

Green salad recipes - close up of tortellini salad in a glass dish.

Making ahead of Time

Not only are salads delicious and healthy, they often find their way onto my menu because they can be prepared ahead of time giving me a little extra time to prepare other dishes before my meal.

I’ll prepare and cut the different ingredients 1-2 days before and keep them stored in separate containers in the fridge. Then, I’ll toss the salad together anywhere from 1-4 hours before serving.

However, I don’t add any dressing until right before serving. 


green salad recipes

These fresh and fabulous salad recipes flavorful and perfect for summer! When you don’t want to heat the kitchen, or are craving something cool, whip up any of these tasty bowl-fulls!!

Pizza Salad – Delish Pizza Salad is hearty & refreshing. All of the flavors of pizza on a bed of greens, topped with a homemade herb dressing!

Southwest Salad – Our favorite Southwest Salad recipe filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Salad – Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad is filled with buffalo seasoned chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch. It’s your favorite wings in salad form!

Tuna Salad – 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.

Antipasto Salad – Antipasto Salad Is the perfect summer salad! It’s filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.

Chicken Caesar Salad – Ultimate Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, croutons, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes.

Quick Caprese Salad – Simple and Quick Caprese Salad is easy and delicious with pops of mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados and drizzled with a balsamic glaze!

Cobb Salad – 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.

Strawberry Harvest Salad – Strawberry Harvest Salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.

Steak And Tortellini Salad – Delish Steak and Tortellini Salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!

Chicken Taco Salad – Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – 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!

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad – 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.

Waldorf Salad – Waldorf Salad is filled with texture and flavor. Tossed in a homemade poppyseed dressing, it’s perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.

Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad – Loaded with sweet, tropical flavors, this delicious Luau Salad is BETTER than it’s Cheesecake Factory double!

Asian Citrus Chicken Salad – Bright & Flavorful Asian Citrus Chicken Salad topped with crunchy wontons and a fruity vinaigrette is a family favorite!!

Wedge Salad – This fresh wedge salad is a classic. It’s crisp and refreshing, smothered in creamy dressing and topped with crumbles of cheese and bacon.

Arugula Salad – Fresh Arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!

Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad – 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!

Kale Salad – Sweet Kale Salad is topped with chunks of apple, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and bacon, served with a homemade sweet dijon vinaigrette!

Ramen Noodle Salad – With toasted almonds, sesame seeds, and ramen noodles, this green salad has the perfect crunch to it. Top it all off with a simple homemade dressing, and this Ramen Noodle Salad will win everyone over!

Easy Tortellini Salad – Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits – perfect for summer time!

Southwest Caprese Salad – Southwest Caprese salad substitutes queso fresco and a bright cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette to add some flair. It is fresh, vibrant, and full of flavor!

7 Layer Salad – 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!

Strawberry Spinach Salad – 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!


the complete list

Here are the picture cards for all of the tasty Green Salad Recipes listed above.

You’re sure to find some refreshing and delicious new favorites on this list!

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 4 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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 12 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
Salad Antipasto Salad Recipe
Antipasto Salad Is the perfect summer salad! It's filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Strawberry Harvest Salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa's! It's topped with a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Waldorf Salad is filled with texture and flavor. Tossed in a homemade poppyseed dressing, it's perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 20 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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 6 votes
Check out this recipe
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
4.61 from 33 votes
Check out this recipe
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 4 votes
Check out this recipe
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 7 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe
Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Deliciously customizable 7 Layer Salad is filled with just the right amount of goodness. It's perfect to make ahead!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Salad Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Sweet + savory Ramen Noodle Salad is topped with a simple homemade dressing. It's easy, delicious, and whips up in only 15 minutes!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
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
Check out this recipe

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