Best Salad Recipes For Any Occasion

Whether you're looking for hearty main dish salad recipes or light, nutritious fare, these salads are far from ordinary.

Staff Picks

This Crunchy Salad Topper is Why I’ll Never Eat Croutons Again

Ditch the standard stale bread salad topper, your molars will thank you.
By Sara Tane

20 Make-Ahead Salad Toppers for Quick Lunches and Dinners

For a lot of people, salad is one of those foods that's hard to get enthused about. That's because they're doing it wrong. 

The Thing That Makes Restaurant Salads Taste Better Than Yours

It’s the simplest detail that makes a world of difference.
By David McCann

The 6-Step Formula For the Best Salad You'll Ever Eat

Take your salad from healthy to “holy moly, this is delicious!”
By Susan Hall Mahon

Grilled Salmon with a Farmers’ Market Salad

For a hearty, summer salad that’s bursting with fresh, seasonal finds from your local farmers’ market, this healthy dish is about to be your go-to dinner. Topped with an simple grilled fillet of salmon and tossed in a light, citrus vinaigrette, this salad allows the fresh flavors of the produce to shine through. Substitute or add different produce items based on what’s in season and what you like. If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan can be easily substituted.
By Sara Tane

Cucumber Salad with Spicy Tahini Dressing

This simple veggie side salad incorporates the rich nutty flavor of tahini with toasted sesame oil, fish sauce, and fresh herbs for a flavor-packed dish. Serve it at a summer picnic or cookout, toss it into a bowl of greens for a heartier bite, or top it with a cooling dollop of Greek yogurt for added tang. Make a double (or triple) batch of the spicy tahini dressing and use it to amp up other dishes throughout the week.
By Sara Tane

Easy Tomato Salad with Basil Chimichurri and Ricotta

Rating: 4 stars 1
For a simple and elegant way to serve your summer farmers' market tomatoes, this speedy salad is perfect. Dressed in a basil chimichurri and speckled with creamy dollops of ricotta cheese, this show-stopping side is perfect for effortless entertaining.
By Sara Tane

Asian Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad is everything you want from a grilling season side dish, it's ridiculously simple and incredibly refreshing. It's the perfect accompaniment for anything that's on the spicier side. Try it with our Korean Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken with Shishitos and Scallions for a well-rounded, all-around awesome weeknight dinner. 
By Paige Grandjean

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Rating: 5 stars 5
There's more than one way to enjoy the classic sweet flavor of fresh watermelon besides eating it right off the rind. This watermelon feta salad is a light and refreshing complement to any summer meal, no matter if it's for a cookout, potluck, or regular weeknight dinner. Combine sweet, salty, bright, and peppery flavors in this simple, 1-bowl side dish. Pick up a watermelon while they're in season and make the salad ahead of time so the watermelon can fully soak up the dressing. There's nothing better than a plate of this chilled salad on a hot summer day, so keep it in the fridge until it's ready to serve. It's safe to say this easy salad will become a summertime staple in your house.

Toasted Farro Salad with Watermelon and Peaches

Rating: 5 stars 1
Toasting the farro before boiling it brings out an added layer of rich nuttiness to this hearty grain salad. Complemented by fresh herbs and sweet, juicy peaches and watermelon, this summertime side dish is the ultimate refreshing and nutritious bite you need. Serve it immediately, or let the flavors meld in the refrigerator for a couple hours (or overnight) and enjoy it cold.
By Sara Tane

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Easy Potato Salad Recipes
Looking for the best potato salad recipe you've ever made? You've come to the right place
25 Super Satisfying Grain Salad Recipes
Whether you're looking to step up your side dish game or just make salad feel more fun/filling, these grain salad recipes are here to prove that healthy isn't synonymous with boring.
Roasted Autumn Veggie Salad with Baby Kale

This hearty salad is brimming with the flavors of fall with ingredients such as pumpkin seeds, brussels sprouts, cranberries, and dark, leafy greens.