Many people still erroneously think that salads are boring and the only thing they can offer is an increased appetite as they are made with low-calorie veggies.
However, these 52 salad recipes can easily prove to anyone saying that not only can salads be appetizing and intriguing to try but also very filling!
From fruit salads and coleslaws to potato salads, vegan salads, and pasta salads, there is not a single person in this world that cannot find the perfect salad for them in this list.
So, if you love salads or have decided to give them a fair chance to prove their worth, keep reading below to find some tasty recipes you can try making this week!
Potatoes are a great match with carrots and when you cook them both and add them both in a bowl together with some green onions, dill, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper, you have an appetizing salad you can enjoy for a light dinner any day of the week.
Yukon potatoes cooked and cut into cubes are then mixed with chopped eggs, sweet pickle relish, and celery stalks in a mayonnaise sauce that includes mayo, mustard, and apple cider vinegar.
Sprinkle some fresh dill or parsley on top when serving and enjoy warm, cold, or at room temperature.
Purple, Yukon gold, and red potatoes become the stars of this salad that includes bacon, and a vinegary dressing, as well as vegetables like red pepper, onions, and celery.
Served with fresh herbs and toasted sesame seeds, it’s best enjoyed while still warm.
You could see this coming; Caesar’s salad is one of those salads that are a staple in many households.
With ingredients we all know and love, like lettuce, chicken, parmesan cheese, and croutons, this salad’s dressing is undoubtedly what makes it so special.
To make it, you will need garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
How much you will add to your salad is up to you, and we won’t judge you if you go over the top!
If you’ve had too many chicken Caesar salads in your life to have yet another one, then you should try it with shrimp.
This recipe is the perfect example of how you can replace chicken with fried shrimp to build a seafood Caesar salad that’s just as great.
The first Russian salad on this list, the Russian vinaigrette is made with cooked beets, potatoes, carrots, pickles, and sauerkraut, which are all thinly sliced or cut into cubes and then mixed with olive oil and white vinegar.
Olivier salad is the Russian potato salad you can find sold in many grocery stores and continental supermarkets.
It is made with ingredients like meat, potatoes, carrots, eggs, pickles, onion, peas, and cucumber, all of which are cooked (when needed) and cut into small cubes.
Mixed all together with mayo and served with dill as well as salt and pepper, to taste, this salad is perfect as a spread on fresh bread or crisp bake.
8. Greek Salad
A trademark of Greece and a salad that is known across the world for its wholesome taste and fresh ingredients, you don’t need to be a great cook to prepare a perfect Greek salad.
With simple ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, red onions, olives, olive oil, salt, and pepper, this salad would be incomplete without a big piece of feta cheese and some oregano.
If you are looking to upgrade your Greek salad to make it a filling meal, add some tortellini pasta to it and more feta cheese.
While you can simply pour some olive oil and vinegar to serve, this recipe suggests adding some garlic and thyme to the rest of the ingredients, which are none other than salt, pepper, and oregano, to make this dressing more flavorful.
10. Chef’s Salad
Chef’s salad is another classic salad served in many restaurants and made in many households. It is made with lettuce, Swiss cheese, ham, turkey, roast beef pieces, eggs, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.
Served with a vinaigrette or ranch dressing and as many croutons as you want, it is yet another salad that can work as a light lunch or dinner meal.
11. Swiss Cobb Salad
There’s not much of a difference between a Chef’s salad and a Swiss cobb salad, and yet the dressing of the latte helps distinguish them.
Made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey mustard, sugar, pepper, and oregano, it is simple yet distinct enough to give this salad its own unique taste.
12. Caprese Salad
Greece’s neighbor, Italy, has its own classic salad, and it’s none other than a Caprese. With tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil, it’s a simple salad that is so easy to make and so delightful when tasting it.
Pomegranates might be regarded as a winter fruit, but they are at their best in late August and September.
So, during that time, go get some fresh pomegranates, and add them to a salad together with pears, Medjool dates, arugula, onion, gorgonzola cheese, and a dressing made with honey, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
A no-cook salad that can be prepared in no more than 15 minutes, this one is made with fresh, raw ingredients like baby spinach, apple, and red onion, that are combined with some feta cheese, bacon, glazed pecans, and dried cranberries.
For the dressing, some vinegar, sugar, mustard, oil, and pepper are enough to add more flavor to an already rich plate.
15. Orzo Pasta Salad
A summer salad made with orzo pasta, this is an easy-to-make recipe that you can make any day of the week and enjoy over the course of a few days.
Orzo pasta, chickpeas, feta cheese, and summer veggies are all mixed and topped with a light vinaigrette dressing that’s both fresh and delicious.
This salad is not made in the way you’d expect when reading the title. To make this ramen noodle salad, you need to break the noodles into smaller pieces and sauté them until golden brown.
Once that is done, you can combine lettuce, broccoli, onions, and sunflower kernels with the noodles and serve them with a refrigerated sweet soy sauce dressing.
An Ambrosia fruit salad can be enjoyed any time of the day, especially for a morning breakfast when it’s too warm outside to even think about eating some warm pancakes.
With pineapple, oranges, grapes, bananas, almonds, shredded coconut, and vanilla yogurt, it is a refreshing option for the hot summer days.
The best part is that this recipe calls for some mini marshmallows added to the salad, so if you have a sweet tooth but want to eat a healthy meal, this is the perfect way to sneak in some treats!
If you are tired of serving your homemade burgers with a classic coleslaw, try this honey-orange broccoli slaw that hides some sliced almonds and raisins inside for a sweeter and crunchier mouthfeel.
Salads don’t always have to be sides to main dishes, and when you prepare sweet salads, they can definitely serve as a healthy dessert.
This creamy salad is made with pineapple, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, marshmallows, whipped topping, maraschino cherries, lemon juice, and chopped nuts and is a very satisfying dessert for those who prefer white and fruity desserts.
A classic coleslaw is made with carrots and cabbage, and occasionally it might have some apple too, but this coleslaw is all about the carrots and apples which makes it tastes sweeter than any other coleslaw.
With pistachios added to the mix, together with some sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, you can enjoy this as a side salad to burgers or sweet chili chicken recipes.
21. Taco Salad
Tacos are amazing, but have you tried making a taco salad? This recipe makes an amazing taco salad with all the classic ingredients of a taco served in a bowl.
So, if you are throwing a party, try making it to please your guests and add some taco shells on the side in case some people want to add the salad as a filling in them.
Za’atar is a spice that originates from the Middle East. Used in several recipes and with a surprisingly high amount of protein, this spice is perfect for a chicken salad like this one.
For the salad, apart from the chicken, you will also need lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, some lemon juice, and olive oil.
Za’atar goes great with chicken but it’s a spice used to make the salad even more savory. So, if you are interested in something sweeter, try this mango chicken salad.
The chicken is cooked with curry powder which might make you think that this is a salad with a heavy taste, but once you add the mango dressing, and several fruit slices to the mix, you get lightness and freshness in a colorful bowl.
24. Kale Salad
If Christmas holidays have you devouring lots of food and you are in need of some detox time, then this detox kale salad can help you add some greens to your meal plan.
With a balsamic vinaigrette and sweet potatoes, this is a sweet, healthy, and tasty salad that won’t make you miss those loaded meat plates you’ve been enjoying for weeks.
Combining kale with bacon doesn’t sound weird at all, but when you add strawberries and mint to the mix, you might get people wondering whether you messed things up.
Don’t worry though, as this recipe includes those ingredients as well as feta cheese, toasted almond, and an olive oil and honey dressing that makes this an umami salad.
With red potatoes, plum tomatoes, red onion, pimento-stuffed olives, minced garlic, basil leaves, oregano, salt, and pepper, this Italian potato salad is served with a good amount of olive oil and tossed well so that every spoonful is oily and has a bit of everything in it!
There’s just something about baked beetroot that makes it taste so unique. This salad is calling for baked beetroots cut into cubes, and mixed with arugula, the heart of palm, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine.
Sprinkled with cheese and coated with a tart and sweet orange dressing, this salad is a healthy winter treat!
Ready in 15 minutes, this salad has cauliflower, broccoli, red grapes, green onions, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, bacon, lettuce, and lots of mayonnaise.
With a bit of sugar and white vinegar, you get a balanced taste and a creamy dressing for your hearty salad.
A chicken pasta salad is best made with chicken breasts that can provide the necessary amount of protein to enjoy this salad as a complete meal.
With cooked fusilli pasta, bacon, tomatoes, feta, and a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper, this is an easy and filling recipe for a summer lunch.
To make this colorful salad, you only need to cook your green beans, chop some walnuts, red onion, and feta cheese and then toss them in a bowl with a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
Ideally, you need to refrigerate the salad for an hour before serving, but you can always enjoy it warm if you are in a hurry.
When it’s finally summer, you can and want to enjoy watermelon with every meal or simply eat nothing but it all day long.
This recipe helps you include it in a refreshing salad and enjoy it with grape tomatoes, red onion, parsley, basil, and lime juice.
If you want a taste of Asia, try this summer salad made with sushi rice, corn, miso, tofu cubes, red peppers, chestnuts, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
The rice is cooked and then the rest of the ingredients are stir-fried before being served with some scallions and grated carrot.
This zucchini Panzanella salad is made with baked zucchini slices, homemade croutons, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, onion, and seasoning made of balsamic vinegar, garlic, Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, and oil.
Served with mozzarella cheese pearls, it is an Italian delicacy you can enjoy as a light lunch meal.
A 5-ingredient bowl you can make in 5 minutes, this salad can be refrigerated until serving.
Made with shredded carrots, raisins, mayo, sugar, and milk, it is an easy and sweet salad perfect as a side for any savory dish.
Fresh veggies, cooked or canned chickpeas, feta cheese, fresh herbs, and a lemon dressing are all you need for a salad that’s as delicious as it is nutritious.
High in protein and fiber, it is the perfect addition to your weekly meal, no matter what your diet goals are, or if you have any at all!
Not everyone is a fan of chickpeas, which is why there’s always the alternative of making a Mediterranean-style salad with white beans.
Equally high in protein and fiber, this salad is just as filling as the previous one and just as delectable.
Now, if legumes are not your type of food, then you can replace them with some quinoa and make a Mediterranean salad with fresh veggies, roasted red peppers, arugula, feta cheese, and quinoa.
And, if you fancy adding some chickpeas just for the sake of following the recipe as much as you can, add a handful to your bowl.
Green beans, kidney beans, and cannellini beans are mixed in a bowl with a dressing made with balsamic vinaigrette, sugar, garlic, and salt.
High in fiber, this bean salad is great for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking for a meatless recipe idea for a light lunch that can be made effortlessly.
If you have some leftover broccoli at home, you can mix it in a bowl with cranberries and red onion, and then pour a yogurt-based dressing on top that includes sugar, vinegar, orange juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
This salad is best served cold, so you’ll need to put it in the fridge for a couple of hours before enjoying it with some cashews on top.
A wholesome mix of vegetables and chicken, this Southwest chicken salad has a creamy avocado dressing that goes perfectly with the tomatoes, cheese, sweet corn, and black beans added to the salad.
Served with some tortilla strips or pita bread on the side, you can consider this a complete meal or serve it on a party buffet for people to try.
During summertime, you might not be that hungry, but you have to eat something during the day to keep you going.
This salad is perfect for that occasion as it’s light, tasty, and weirdly filling.
Thanks to the sour cream added to the cucumber and onion slices, you can enjoy this salad with some bread or croutons and consider yourself covered for snack time.
Poke bowls are a great street food option for people who want to avoid eating greasy pizzas or high-calorie wraps.
This salad is an even better option as it skips the extra carbs and calories from rice and increases the protein with raw sashimi-grade tuna.
And when you add soy sauce and sesame oil dressing, together with the rest of the ingredients that include onion, jalapenos, seaweed, avocado, and mango, you get a sweet and sour Asian-style salad that can easily compete with those in Asian restaurants.
A Paleo-friendly recipe, this apple salad includes chopped walnuts, sunflower kernels, dried cranberries, honey, flaxseed, cinnamon, and less than a teaspoon of lemon juice.
There’s nothing involved in the preparation of this dish other than chopping, cutting, and mixing all the ingredients in your salad bowl, so if easy and simple is what you are after, save this recipe.
Traditionally, the Waldorf salad is made with apples, red grapes, celery, toasted walnuts, and a mayonnaise sauce, all served on a lettuce nest or bed.
However, if you want to make this salad a full meal, then you can try this modern twist that adds some pasta, turkey, and strawberries to the mix.
Another addition is that of yogurt which balances the eggy taste of mayo and gives its own tartness.
With dried thyme as an optional ingredient that will give an extra flavor, you can prepare, refrigerate, and take this salad with you to enjoy it in the office for lunch.
Strawberries, blueberries, and green apples are the three fruits of this salad that are coated with a dressing made with lime juice, honey, and fresh mint.
Sweet, sour, and minty, it is as quick, refreshing, and sweet as it sounds!
Corn, cooked bacon, cilantro, and jalapeños are joined by a mayo dressing that’s infused with chili and garlic and create a Mexican-style salad that’s tangy, refreshing, and best enjoyed cold.
You can always replace mayonnaise with yogurt to reduce the calories in this recipe or sprinkle some feta cheese on top instead.
A round burrata piece, some peach slices, and basil leaves can turn into the best burrata salad when you serve them with some hot honey sauce made with cooked honey and cayenne pepper and sprinkle some candied pecans on top.
To serve, pour some olive oil and garnish your salad with some mint leaves and prepare for an unprecedented palatal explosion!
While you can always buy some pesto sauce from the supermarket, this recipe has everything you will need to make your own at home.
Once your pesto is ready, you can pour it over your pasta mix that includes cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, and other ingredients like feta cheese and olives that you can always skip if you want to keep things simple.
Pasta lovers can’t go without a pasta salad, and this tuna macaroni salad has some elbow macaroni that has the perfect size for a tuna salad.
Every bite has a bit of everything – onion, carrot, egg slices, pickle slices, macaroni, and tuna, and the spicy mayo that keeps them all together balances out the natural saltiness of tuna in a way that makes this salad not too spicy, not to sour, but just perfect.
Coleslaw tastes great, especially when you add them to your burgers and sandwiches or have them on the side, but when you want to make them a complete meal by themselves, you need to add some pasta to them.
This macaroni coleslaw has ring macaroni, cucumber, and whole water chestnuts, while its dressing is made with light whipping cream, sugar, cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Seafood can always bring a taste of Greece to your table, and this salad is made with one of the best fish in the world: salmon.
With Greek yogurt and tahini dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, olives, and feta cheese among other ingredients, it is a salad that will make you feel as if you are sitting at a Greek taverna by the sea!
If you literally have no more than 10 minutes to make a quick and light salad for lunch, this one is the perfect solution.
With 7 ingredients – corn, cherry tomatoes, feta, red onion, basil, olive oil, and lime – the only thing you need to do is toss all of them in a bowl and add salt and pepper, to taste, before eating it.
Do the 28 Simple Easter Salad Recipes include any filling options?
Yes, the 28 simple easter salad recipes cater to different preferences with a variety of filling options. From classic choices like chicken and tuna to vegetarian alternatives with quinoa and roasted vegetables, these recipes offer something for everyone. With their delightful combinations and fresh ingredients, these simple Easter salad recipes are sure to be a hit at your holiday gathering.
The Bottom Line
These 52 salad recipes are worthy of trying and will certainly satisfy even the most skeptical friends or family members.
If you have kids that don’t like eating salad, we bet that most of the ideas and recipes we have shared in this article will make them reconsider their relationship with salad and that they’ll end up loving them.
And if you are one of those people who are not a big fan of salads, well, just make some of these and we are certain you will keep coming back to this article for more!
Frequently Asked Questions
In general, protein is the most filling macronutrient of all, so adding it to your salads will make a big difference in how filling they are.
So, when you have a simple green salad, add some chicken, bacon medallions, or ham to it to make it a high-protein meal or side dish.
However, do keep in mind that potatoes and eggs are extremely satiating, so if you choose to have a potato salad with eggs you can rest assured that it will be very filling as well.