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These best green salads are for any occasion. They can be filled with a variety of proteins and topped with any flavor dressing you can imagine!

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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. Salads make the perfect side dish or can be used as the main dish or your meal and usually only take minutes to make.

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 beside the bowl.

Salad Tips

To whip up the best green salad recipes follow these simple 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 tablespoons 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, or watercress.
  • Fruits: strawberry, mango, avocado, Mandarin oranges, pears, apples, green olives, or cherries.

Bite-sized. Aside from a wedge salad, you should never have to use a knife to cut your salad while eating it. Cut lettuce and other mix-ins into bite-size pieces.

Arugula salad - a simple green salad recipe in a white bowl.

Best Salad Ingredients

Greens. Lettuce leaves are the main ingredients for easy green salad recipes. Salads are typically made with 1-2 types of lettuce and often feature other greens.

  • Common types include Iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, green leaf, red leaf, bibb (Boston/Butter lettuce), Arugula, Frisee/Curly Endive, and fresh Spinach.

Cheese. Cheese is definitely a must for most of my salads. It can be used to add a lot of flavors or just a hint. It can be crumbled, cubed, or shredded.

  • Popular salad cheeses include feta, goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, and mozzarella cheese. 

Crunch. One of my favorite elements of a salad is the ingredients that add a bit of a crunch. Often the crunch comes from crispy produce like carrots, cucumbers, and apples.

  • Use croutons (homemade croutons), tortilla strips, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pepitas. 

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, or breaded), chickpeas, steak strips, tuna, salmon, and nuts.
Waldorf salad in a white bowl with a silver serving fork and spoon beside the bowl.

Best Dressings

Some salads taste best when tossed in the dressing, other salads can be served with a light drizzle or dressing on the side. 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 creamy dressing like Caesar Salad dressing or Ranch Dressing. Here is a link for more homemade dressing 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 are 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!

1 Pizza Salad Recipe

Salad Pizza Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Southwest Salad

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

2 Southwest Salad Recipe

Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 18 votes
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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!

3 Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 7 votes
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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.

4 Tuna Salad Recipe

Side Dish Tuna Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 24 votes
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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.

5 Antipasto Salad

Salad Antipasto Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Chicken Caesar Salad

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

6 Chicken Caesar Salad

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
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Quick Caprese Salad

Simple and quick caprese salad is easy and delicious with pops of mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados and drizzled with a balsamic glaze!

7 Quick Caprese Salad Recipe

Salad Quick Caprese Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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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.

8 Cobb Salad Recipe

Salad Cobb Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 12 votes
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Strawberry Harvest Salad

Strawberry harvest salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette dressing.

9 Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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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!

10 Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Chicken Taco Salad

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

11 Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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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!

12 Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.88 from 8 votes
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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.

13 Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Salad Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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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.

14 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
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Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad

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

15 Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad Recipe

Salad Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Asian Citrus Chicken Salad

Bright & flavorful Asian citrus chicken salad topped with crunchy wontons and a fruity vinaigrette is a family favorite!!

16 Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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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.

17 Wedge Salad Recipe

Salad Wedge Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 4 votes
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Arugula Salad

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

18 Arugula Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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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!

19 Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 99 votes
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Kale Salad

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

20 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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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!

21 Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe

Salad Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Easy Tortellini Salad

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

22 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 19 votes
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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!

23 Southwest Caprese Salad Recipe

Salad Southwest Caprese Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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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!

24 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 20 votes
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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!

25 Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Tasty Green Salad Recipes

We hope you enjoy trying some of the tasty green Salad recipes listed above. You’re sure to find some refreshing and delicious new favorites on this list!

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  1. I love having a green salad for lunch, but get tired of the same ones. This list is going to be great to work through for some delicious lunches.