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These best salad recipes make eating colorful, fresh foods easy and delicious. The days of boring salad ideas are over!

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 50 of our very best salad recipes, guaranteed to be full of flavor and favorites for years to come. You’ll see salad ideas for a variety of seasons, but most of the salad recipes will work regardless of the season. Ready to get started?

Looking for green salads? Go to our Best Green Salad Recipes, from chopped to wedge to Caesar.

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Salad dressing is always better homemade. In addition to these incredible salad recipes, here are some of our favorite homemade salad dressings:

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Salad recipes

60 Best Salad Recipes

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


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.


  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup ripe green olives, halved
  • ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


  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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. I so agree with you regarding the Greek salad. While in Greece myself I was shocked to find that they do not use lettuce. I too did not like tomatoes. You were so right on about the tomatoes. Their tomatoes were so beautiful & delicious. I concur on all you stated regarding the importance of the feta! I buy sheep & goat mixed feta from Wholefood. Delish!

  2. Lots of great recipes and fun ideas! Thanks!

    One note of criticism — there are lots of other cheeses besides feta. Way too much feta in your salad collection, IMO.

    I’ll be back!