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29 Sensational Salad Recipes 

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Do you love a great salad recipe as much as I do? Full of flavor and packed with delicious nutrition, a salad can make a great side dish or even be served as an entrée.

These 29 sensational salads are great choices!

Imagine the flavors of a grilled chipotle shrimp salad or Thai taco salad.  Can you almost taste the zip in the southwest salad with cilantro lime dressing? Adding some new salad ideas like a chicken cranberry sunflower salad can bring life into your meal planning.

29 Sensational Salad Recipes


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Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

1. Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

From Bubbly Nature Creations

Salads are the perfect summertime food and one style of salad that ranks as an all-time favorite is the southwest salad. This blogger wanted to create a version that you can whip up easily in the kitchen and so this Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing was born. The salad is so fresh and tasty, loaded with southwest flavors and the added kick of the creamy cilantro lime dressing.

Caesar Salad in Bowl

2. Classic Caesar Salad

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

This simple caesar salad recipe is so easy to make at home, plus it is super satisfying and delicious. For a little something extra you could also add some shredded grilled chicken or crispy bacon.

Watermelon Salad with Homemade Dressing

3. Watermelon Salad with Homemade Dressing

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Perfect for sharing, this Watermelon Salad is almost as good for you as a spring tonic! It’s a quick and easy recipe, which just so happens to be my favorite way to cook. Chopped cubes of seedless watermelon, tender tomatoes, and crisp cucumber are tossed in a beautiful and bright lemon dressing and then sprinkled with crumbled goat cheese. This fresh salad is wonderful for a date night or spring time entertaining.

Creamy BLT Pasta Salad

4. Creamy BLT Pasta Salad

From Domestic Superhero

Creamy BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect dish to bring to any summer potluck or BBQ! All the classic flavors of a BLT are thrown into a delicious pasta salad that everyone is sure to love. Pairing the crispy bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and green onions with the cool creamy dressing and tender pasta really sends this recipe to the next level. It doesn’t take long to make either! Around twenty minutes and you are all set for the party.

Curried Orange Chicken Salad

5. Curried Orange Chicken Salad

From My Mommy Side

Full of bright citrus flavor and a lightened up creamy Greek yogurt dressing, this Curried Orange Chicken Salad makes the perfect healthy lunch for you and your family. If you have some shredded chicken in your fridge already then this recipe takes mere minutes to throw together. In fact, it’s also an easy dish to prepare ahead of time. Just leave the sliced almonds and oranges out until you are ready to serve!

Asparagus Ravioli Pasta Salad

6. Asparagus Ravioli Pasta Salad

From Eazy Peazy Meals

Fresh vegetables, cheesy ravioli, and store-bought pesto make for an amazingly easy and oh so flavorful salad. This Asparagus Ravioli Pasta Salad can be enjoyed hot or cold for a delicious side dish or a main course! And since it uses premade ingredients, it can literally be thrown together in just a few minutes. One of the tricks is using the same water to boil the pasta and cook the vegetables.

Best Ever Broccoli Salad

7. Best Ever Broccoli Salad

From Creations by Kara

Hit up the local farmer’s market for some fresh and crispy broccoli to make this incredible Best Ever Broccoli Salad. A sprinkle of salty bacon and sunflower seeds are the perfect balance to the tangy homemade dressing. It is a delicious lunch or side dish for dinner that provides wonderful flavor and the perfect amount of crunch. Even self-proclaimed broccoli haters will love this tasty salad.

Spinach and Pear Salad with 3 Cheese Chicken Carbonara

8. Spinach and Pear Salad with 3 Cheese Chicken Carbonara

From Mama Loves Food

Getting a healthy dinner on the table and a reasonable hour is simple a struggle some nights. This recipe for Spinach and Pear Salad with Three Cheese Chicken Carbonara is the perfect solution! Pair the quick and easy dish with a healthy homemade salad filled with fresh baby spinach, sweet slices of pear, slivered almonds, and crumbled goat cheese. Top with your favorite dressing or take a few minutes to make a batch of Balsamic Dijon Dressing!

Pimento Cheese Potato Salad

9.  Pimento Cheese Potato Salad

From Life with the Crust Cut Off

So simple to make with flavor that will blow you away, this Pimento Cheese Potato Salad is the perfect dish for summer barbecues and potluck dinners. All you need for the recipe is some peeled boiled potatoes and a traditional pimento cheese recipe! It comes together so quickly and the results are absolutely phenomenal. Every person you serve this salad to will be begging for the recipe after the first bite.

Smoked Caesar Salad with Chicken

10. Smoked Caesar Salad with Chicken

From This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

Sometimes I just love a big salad. Yummy croutons, filling protein, and of course an amazing homemade dressing is the perfect foundation for a tasty lunch. This Smoked Caesar Salad with Chicken is a yummy recipe topped with a grilled chicken breast and smoked Caesar dressing. What really makes this salad however, is the addition of smoked sardines to the dressing. It adds a whole other dimension of flavor to the dish.

Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Salad

11. Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Salad

From My Suburban Kitchen

This grilled chipotle shrimp salad is full of flavor and tastes amazing. Plus, there is hardly any cooking involved which makes it a perfect dish to serve in the warmer months or when your short on time. With a homemade dressing and hints of chili powder and cumin it has the perfect blend of spices and texture. Toss in grilled shrimp, corn and tomatoes and you have a perfect salad.

Summer Grilled Corn Salad

12. Summer Grilled Corn Salad

From My Suburban Kitchen

Summer time screams for a great corn dish! But if were you live is warm year-round, this makes a great side dish or salad anytime of the year. Head outdoors to grill some ears of corn, toss in onion, cilantro, tomatoes and the perfect spices to complete this delicious new family favorite.

Asian Noodle and Kale Salad

13. Asian Noodle and Kale Salad

From Vegan in the Freezer

Asian Noodle Kale Salad is a fast, refreshing, and tasty salad filled with nutritious ingredients and a delicious homemade Ponzu salad dressing. Udon noodles make the perfect base for this pasta salad because they are a little bit thicken and really fun to dive into with chop sticks! You will also find this pasta salad stocked with crisp veggies such as carrots, red bell pepper, green onions, and leafy kale.

Apple Chicken salad with Craisins Clusters

14. Apple Chicken Salad with Craisins Clusters

From Crafting in the Rain

Are you looking to lighten up your menu a little? This tasty salad recipe is a great healthy option for lunch or dinner. It’s sweet and tangy from the homemade maple mustard dressing, drizzled over the salad filled with healthy greens, protein packed chicken, crisp apples, and feta cheese. Crunchy Craisins Fruit Clusters are sprinkled over top for added texture and flavor.

Quick & Easy Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad

15. Quick & Easy Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad

From Happiness is Homemade

This delicious Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad is quick and easy to make using leftover grilled chicken, canned corn, black beans, and salsa tomatoes. It is super easy peasy to make too. Just toss all of the ingredients in a bowl and top with sprinkle of shredded cheese and a few tri-colored tortilla strips for crunch! Use the salsa tomatoes in lieu of dressing or add a creamy avocado cilantro dressing for an extra fantastic dish.

Za’atar Chicken Salad

16. Za’atar Chicken Salad

From Persnickety Plates

Have you ever heard of za-atar? It is a Middle Eastern spice blend with the perfect mic of sumac, thyme, roasted sesame seeds, and more. This Zaatar Chicken Salad features juicy chicken breasts marinated in zaatar and lemon juice, served on top of a delicious lemon and oil green salad. It is a simple and healthy recipe that is full of flavor!

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe Ever

17. The Best Pasta Salad Recipe Ever

From Happiness is Homemade

Calling this the best pasta salad recipe ever is a hefty claim, but after your first bite you will understand why it really is better than the rest. Tender rotini pasta is tossed with pieces of red bell pepper, cucumber, broccoli, chopped olives, and parmesan cheese. Topped with your favorite Italian dressing, this recipe is super versatile and easy to make. It is the perfect dish for potlucks, picnics, and get togethers of all kinds.

Buffalo 2 Potato Salad

18. Buffalo 2 Potato Salad

From Life with the Crust Cut Off

Summer is sneaking up on us so fast and that means the start of grilling season. Whether you need a delicious side dish for your own family dinner or a spectacular side to take share with neighbors, this Buffalo 2 Potato Salad is sure to be your new go-to recipe. This flavor filled potato salad packs a spicy punch with buffalo sauce and uses two different potatoes to make one super interesting salad.

Chicken Cranberry Sunflower Salad

19. Chicken Cranberry Sunflower Salad

From Like Mother Like Daughter

This amazing Chicken Cranberry Sunflower Salad is full of all things good, making it the perfect wat to stick to your healthy eating habits. It uses so many delicious ingredients and has so much flavor when they all come together. A big bowl of spring mix greens gets topped with sweet dried cranberries, salty sunflower seeds, shredded mozzarella cheese, tangy red onion, and chicken all covered in a luscious poppy seed dressing!

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad

20. Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad

From Like Mother Like Daughter

This Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad is full of crunchy lettuce, boiled eggs, crispy bacon, sweet tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and crispy chicken. It’s great as a main dish topped with your favorite salad dressing, or a yummy side at a potluck meal. This blogger used a tasty ranch dressing, but it would also be delicious tossed with a vinaigrette or thousand island! I love all the good and healthy ingredients in this salad.

Thai Taco Salad

21. Thai Taco Salad

From Nums the Word

Born out of a freezer clean out, this Thai Taco Salad is a totally delicious mix of two favorite dinner dishes. Filled with a mix of leafy greens, this salad is perfectly topped with Thai spiced ground pork, red pepper, shredded carrot, cucumber, and crushed tortilla chips. It tastes so good tossed with either an Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing or Creamy Jalapeno Dressing!

Sweet & Creamy Grape Salad

22. Sweet & Creamy Grape Salad

From Butter With a Side of Bread

We love grapes around here and tend to go through them so fast. Use this favorite fruit to bring a different kind of fruit salad to your next family dinner! Rich and Creamy Grape Salad is a tasty dessert salad that is sure to be a huge hit. It’s got a rich, creamy cheesecake-like mixture that goes perfectly with the sweet, crisp grapes. It’s a decadent dessert that is still light enough to qualify as a fruit salad. Don’t leave out the pecan brown sugar sprinkle!

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

23. Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

From Butter With a Side of Bread

This Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese, and tomatoes. The hearty chicken pasta salad recipe topped with Fritos is perfect as a main dish or a side dish for potlucks and parties! It is also a favorite summertime meal because it doesn’t require the oven and it makes a huge batch. Gotta love those no-bake and no-oven dinners, especially when you live somewhere with hot, hot summers.

Blue & Green Salad

24. Blue & Green Salad

From My Mommy Style

This fresh and colorful salad is the perfect side dish or main dish this summer. It will definitely be one of the best salads you have ever tried! It has the perfect combination of tangy and sweet flavors, a little bit of crunch, and delicious fresh ingredients. Nutritious baby spinach is topped with whole fresh blueberries, sliced kiwi fruits, crunchy pistachio nuts, and some crumbled blue cheese!

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

25. Mediterranean Orzo Salad

From Who Needs a Cape?

Grilling season is quickly approaching and I am always on the lookout for delicious side dishes featuring fresh summer flavors. This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is one of them! It is a super versatile salad filled with tender orzo pasta, diced bell pepper, crumbled feta cheese, sliced black olives, and a flavorful red wine vinegar ranch dressing. Switch out or add other ingredients as you please to totally customize it!

Low Carb Sugar Free Jell-o “Fluff” Salad

26. Low Carb/Sugar Free Jell-O “Fluff” Salad

From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Do you want an amazing and oh-so-easy low carb and sugar free dessert? Look no further! This low carb Jello Fluff Salad dessert is exactly what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. The texture is thick and luxurious thanks to the use of heavy whipping cream and cottage cheese. And don’t forget about the chopped pecans and fresh black cherry flavor. Every spoonful of this dessert is like a little bite of heaven.

Southwest Shrimp Salad

27. Southwest Shrimp Salad

From Diary of a Recipe Collector

Perfect for summer grilling, this Southwest Shrimp Salad is filled with fresh summer flavors and amazing ingredients. Grilled shrimp and corn, black beans, diced avocado, and crispy southwest tortilla strips are piled high onto a bed of green leaf lettuce and topped with a mexi-ranch dressing. All of the textures in this salad pair wonderfully together and look fantastic on the plate!

Creamy Pea Salad

28. Creamy Pea Salad

From Love Bakes Good Cakes

This Creamy Pea Salad is a nice change from the typical potato salad or pasta salad found at barbecues and potlucks. It requires very little cooking with just a little bit of chopping and mixing. It could easily be a no-cook recipe if you buy precooked bacon! It is one of my personal favorites and is sure to become one of yours as well.

Cookie Salad

29. Cookie Salad

From Butter With a Side of Bread

This Cookie Salad is one of those dishes that you could easily eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is a fun and delicious treat filled with bright and friendly flavors! Instant vanilla pudding is perfectly mixed with crushed pineapple, canned mandarin oranges, whipped topping, and Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies. Talk about delicious.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.