40 Best Salad Recipes

These best salad recipes make eating colorful, nutrient-dense foods easy and delicious. The days of boring salads are over!

Best salad recipes

It’s salad time! The days of the boring salad are over. Salads can be some of the best ways to eat colorful, nutrient-dense foods. But it can be hard to find the right salad recipes that are easy and delicious enough to justify the effort. Here are 25 of our very favorite salad recipes that are guaranteed to be full of flavor and favorites for years to come. A note on seasonality: we’ve included salads for a variety of seasons, but most of the salad recipes below will work regardless of the season. We’ve noted when you’ll need to make sure you can get seasonal foods like ripe tomatoes and peaches.

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Chopped salad

Best Chopped Salad Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This chopped salad recipe will amaze everyone around the table! Italian dressing, crunchy veggies and Parmesan combine into something greater than the sum of its parts.


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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ripe green olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Make the Homemade Italian Dressing.
  2. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the shallot. Peel and chop cucumber. Slice tomatoes and olives in half.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the salad, including the dressing, and toss to combine. If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately; bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Salad Recipes

Last updated: June 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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