Well hello, 45 healthy salad recipes! Let’s agree that a girl is always in need of a salad. 🙋♀️🥗
Why These Salad Recipes?
I’m fully aware that you can find many other salad recipes on the web with a touch of a finger. But mine are the best! Pinky promise!
- Easy recipes – In many of these salads, even dressing is dumped in the same bowl. I do not love extra steps. We never did in Ukraine and look, I turned out just fine. 🙂
- Simple ingredients – We are talking about Walmart basic avocado, greens, tomato, pasta and quinoa ingredients. However, I encourage you to buy local, seasonal and pesticide free whenever possible.
- Meal morthy and nourishing – Most salad ideas are good as a meal or will make you a potluck super star. Full of vitamins and nutrients rather than loaded with saturated fat, sugar and sodium, these salads are perfect for lunch and dinner.
- Tasty – I have compiled a collection of salads I would truly enjoy eating. What is the prettiest salad worth if it tastes like kale?!
Chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber and avocado is literally the easiest salad you can throw together in 15 minutes. And just to make sure you heard me – use what you have on hand. Easy!
I would say this Italian pasta salad is one of my favorite cold summer salads! Pasta, salami, veggies, olives, cheese in super easy zesty Italian dressing. And it keeps and travels so well. What not to like?!
This healthy chicken salad is not missing mayo or flavour. On the contrary, it is creamy, tasty and contains simple ingredients. And healthy!
Corn avocado salad is one of the most popular salad recipes on ifoodreal.com. Fresh summer produce with a hint of lime. Perfect for summer although you can use frozen corn.
Cauliflower potato salad is faux potato salad with cauliflower instead of potatoes. Low carb, keto and I promise 100% everyone will barely notice.
Quinoa tabbouleh is traditional Middle Eastern salad minus bulgur. Lots of chopped parsley, mint and veggies combined with more widely available quinoa. Perfect cold salad!
I serve this spinach salad year round for guests. Asian inspired salad dressing, eggs, cukes and tomatoes combined with pre-washed baby spinach makes hosting easy!
Broccoli salad without mayo or bacon is not a broccoli salad. And these sacrifices are not necessary. We combine fresh broccoli, cranberries, red onion and sunflower seeds with healthy amount of crumbled baked bacon and creamy dressing.
This cucumber and tomato salad is the one I grew up eating in Ukraine. We add optional toasted sesame oil that mimics authentic unrefined sunflower oil taste.
I have really perfected my healthy potato salad. I consider potato salad not a real thing if it doesn’t have a touch of mayo. And it’s all it needs. The rest are pickles, eggs, condiments and yogurt. It is simply delicious!
Greek salad is our universal salad that goes with everything. My version takes 15 minutes to prep and contains no lettuce. It is a copycat version of Canadian Greek fast food chain OPA.
Healthy taco salad with very well seasoned ground turkey and lighter yogurt dressing. Black beans, tomato, avocado and corn truly make this taco salad healthy.
I like my healthy egg salad chunky. What about you? If we disagree on texture, I am sure we can agree that it should be creamy and flavorful. We make egg salad for easy lunches and picnic food in our own backyard.
As soon as summer arrives, I bookmark my healthy pasta salad recipe. Chock full of vegetables, healthy herbed oil dressing and whole grain pasta, kids love to munch on it all day long.
This tuna salad took over Pinterest. It is extremely easy, creamy and doesn’t lack flavor like yogurt based ones or isn’t drowned in cups of mayo.
This is the best lettuce salad with any lettuce. Kind of a version of my cucumber tomato salad. 5 star reviews and that toasted sesame oil is just magical!
Avocado egg salad can be tasty. It took me a few years to warm up to it but now I am sold. A perfect ratio of healthy fats and protein dressed with simple seasonings. It is good!
Healthy cobb salad is a perfect fridge clean out salad. Grilled chicken and zucchini from the night before, anything in produce drawers, eggs, blue cheese and seeds are mixed with healthy ranch dressing.
Creamy cucumber salad is light, fresh and affordable year round. This is my grandma’s recipe I grew up with in Ukraine. I am using yogurt in place of sour cream to make salad lighter.
All you need to make white bean salad is olive oil, vinegar, garlic, herbs, red onion and any fresh crunchy veggies. I even used black eyed peas because they are white beans. 🙂
I make Asian salad when I am tired of other salads as it is quite different. Red or green cabbage with edamame and cilantro, and super easy Asian salad dressing.
Asparagus salad is a perfect spring salad when asparagus shows up in stores. Mixed with eggs, veggies, toasted nuts and Dijon vinaigrette, it is kind of a cobb salad.
Beet salad with zesty arugula, simple candied pecans, crumbled feta and easy balsamic dressing. Even if you are not a fan of beets, the creaminess of cheese combined with roasted nuts will win you over.
This kale salad is a healthy version of Caesar salad. Lots of garlic, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and toasted nuts. It is one of my favorite leafy green salads.
Strawberry spinach salad with unique but simple balsamic dressing. This spring salad is the most surprising among the readers – no one expects so much flavor in this simple salad.
Superfood quinoa black bean salad for lunches all summer. It is full of protein, tasty and easy! Meal prep it on Sunday, make ahead for a party or simply clean out the fridge.
Tired of chicken salad? Try this glorified version with crunchy cabbage and bell pepper, roasted peanuts and cilantro. Thai chicken salad, basically.
This massaged kale salad is perfect for fall and winter when seasonal produce is scarce. Pomegranate, orange and toasted almonds coated in delicious orange ginger dressing.
Mexican corn salad is a healthy version of elotes. Warm grilled corn combined with salty and garlicky feta dressing. Need I say more?!
Avocado salad with 3 ingredients will become your new favorite after guacamole. Green onion replaces cilantro and it is the best!
Mexican kale salad is one of the first kale salads I ever created and a reader favorite. Beans, corn and pepper are mixed with tender baby kale in creamy avocado dressing. Even your grandpa who never tried kale will love it!
Bring to a potluck or enjoy for lunch, this shrimp avocado salad is easy to make either way as it requires no cooking. Perfect summer dish.
I love peppery arugula! Are you with me? This arugula salad comes together in 10 minutes. I make it for dinner, guests and blogger retreats, and everyone is surprised by the abundance of taste.
Broccoli quinoa salad is a cold quinoa salad with toasted almonds, herbs, olive oil and lemon. Broccoli is chopped in a food processor to make salad quick.
Mango slaw with addition of juicy mango, vinegar and cilantro eliminates any need for oil or mayo based dressing. So easy and good!
Blueberry quinoa salad with avocado, toasted pecans and homemade lime basil dressing. Unexpected combination of ingredients will make you think of this salad for days.
This smoked salmon salad will blow your mind. Think of opening a package with smoked salmon and mixing it with avocado and arugula. 5 minute healthy lunch idea without cooking.
Southwest quinoa salad is one of few recipes where tri colour quinoa shows off its hearty texture. Plus lots of corn, bell pepper, black beans, cilantro and spices. YUM!
Canned salmon salad is not your regular tuna salad. It is chock full of veggies, avocado and healthy yogurt dressing.
Tomato pasta salad is a marriage of pasta and tomato salads inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Lots of herbs, garlic, olive oil and feta cheese to “seal the deal”.
Healthy shrimp salad is for shrimp salad lovers. It reminds me of books about Nantucket where everyone seems to be packing lobster rolls for lunch and dinner. Is it even true?!
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One of our most popular salad recipes! Corn, tomatoes, cucumber and avocado are simply dressed with a hint of lime.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6–8 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: No Cooking
- Cuisine: North American
- 3 ears of corn (2 cups corn kernels)
- 1 lb mini cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber, sliced
- 1 lb grape/cherry tomatoes, cut in halves or regular size, chopped
- 3 medium-large avocados, cubed
- 3 green onion sprigs, finely chopped
- 1 lime, zest and juice of
- 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- To grill corn, remove it from the husk and grill on medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. Turn every 5 minutes.
- To cook corn in Instant Pot, add 1 cup water, trivet and as many corn as you can fit. Pressure cook on High Pressure for 2 minutes and then release pressure right away.
- If using frozen corn, run it in a colander under warm water for 1 minute and drain.
- Cut off cooked kernels from the cob by slicing them with a chef’s knife. You will end up with strips of cooked corn.
- Add cooked corn, cucumber, tomato, avocado, green onion, lime zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to a large salad bowl.
- Sir salad gently and serve cold with chicken, salmon or shrimp.
Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 1 day.
Make Ahead: Add all ingredients, except avocado, to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Add diced avocado and stir right before serving.
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