Who says that salads have to be boring? These healthy and vibrant salad recipes show just how versatile and exciting salads can be!
Classic Caesar salad
Photo credit: Bon Appetit
Put down that bottle of dressing! This classic salad recipe from BonAppetit.com includes a homemade dressing made with raw eggs (for richness) and briny anchovies (for umami flavour).
The main ingredients of the usual Cobb Salad, roasted chicken and hard boiled eggs are joined by a colourful ensemble of fruits and veggies in this pretty platter.
Meal prep your lunch for a few days by making these mason jar salads; You can customize them as you like and fill them with lots of veggies!
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Dandelion greens are ALL the rage! While many of us still hate them in our lawns, they are readily available in grocery stores. Pair this bitter green with fresh bright flavours and you’ll become a fan too. This Dandelion Green and Citrus Salad from Brian Samuels on AthoughtforFood will certainly make you reconsider what you think you know about dandelions.
Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad
Spruce up your salad with this easy and protein-filled blueberry chicken chopped salad. Dijon vinaigrette adds brightness to the salad, blueberries add a pop of flavour and juiciness. Romaine lettuce is actually FULL of nutrients, so eat up and feel good about your lunch!
BLT Salad with Grilled Lettuce
Photo Credit: Ricardo Cuisine
This is grilled salad from Ricardo Cuisine is perfect for a summer barbeque! Sturdy romaine lettuce is grilled before being tossed with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and crunchy croutons!
Arugula Greek Salad with Quinoa
This arugula Greek salad with quinoa is a new take on a traditional Greek salad. It makes for a great lunch or a light dinner and pairs perfectly with souvlaki or grilled fish.
Create a unique and delicious broccoli salad with your own favourite foods! With the simple base of broccoli and onion, you’ll find that you will make this again and again. It’s perfect to make ahead for a party, or for a busy week. If you have leftovers, it’s also great for a packed lunch the next day.
Brussels Sprouts Salad
The sweet and crunchy nature of this salad makes it a crowd-pleaser that’s great warm or at room temperature. It’s perfect for satiating the craving for veggies and healthy meals during the cooler months. Serve this warm Brussels sprout salad at your next Sunday supper and gather your family for a nutritious and healthy dinner.
This slaw is the perfect colourful and healthy accompaniment to classic kid favourites like grilled cheese, mac and cheese, or other meals that could use a little extra fruit and veg. This crunchy apple slaw will be a hit with the kids – it’s the perfect way to sneak fruit and veggies into lunch time.
Add a pop of colour to your plate with this creamy and crunchy beet slaw from TV regular, Chef D. Lots of flavour, lots of crunch, and your body will thank you for all the natural goodness that beets provide!
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberries
Photo Credit: Ambitious Kitchen
This kale and Brussels sprout salad is very popular right now, and it’s easy to see why! With finely chopped Brussels sprouts, hearty kale, tangy cranberries and crunchy almonds, this salad is the perfect blend of contrasting flavours and textures!
Super Simple Signature Pear Salad
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Elevate your basic spring mix salad with this pear salad recipe from Produce Made Simple contributor USAPears.com. With sweet pears, crunchy toasted hazelnuts and pungent blue cheese, this elegant salad is sure to impress your dinner guests!
Frisée, Poached Egg and Bacon Salad (Salade Lyonnaise)
Photo Credit: Andre Baranowski/Saveur
Bitter frisée, crisp lardons and a runny poached egg make up this rich salad from Lyon, France. The salad recipe from Saveur gets an extra boost of flavour from the bacon fat in the vinaigrette.
Fig, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Salad
Photo Credit: Canadian Living
Figs, honey and blue cheese are a classic flavour combination, and they taste even better when tossed into this chic salad from Canadian Living.
Greek Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing
Photo Credit: Life Tastes Like Food
It’s hard to beat a good Greek Salad, and this one is no exception. Plump briny olives, juicy grape tomatoes, creamy feta cheese… what’s not to love?
Grilled Radicchio with Gorgonzola Dressing
Photo Credit: JamieOliver.com
Leave it to Jamie Oliver to come up with a beautiful salad like this! Grilling the radicchio adds a lovely charred flavour, which is complimented by buttery toasted pine nuts, spicy arugula and strong blue cheese.
Baby Kale and Persimon® Salad
Photo Credit: Persimon
The refreshing sweetness of persimmon provides the perfect balance to the slightly bitter taste of baby kale. This fresh, flavourful baby kale and Persimon salad is full of vital nutrients and makes for a beautiful starter.
Photo Credit: Cooking at Sabrinas
Bitter endive gets smokey, charred flavour in this grilled endive salad. When combined with sweet apricots, baby spinach and hazelnuts, and then topped with apricot mint vinaigrette, it becomes a refreshing salad that will brighten up your day.
Kalette Caesar Salad
Kalettes are a cross between kale and brussel sprouts and have a sweet and nutty flavour! Paired with parmesan cheese, caesar dressing, and bacon, this kalette Caesar salad is phenomenal as a tasty lunch that will make all your coworkers envious.
Massaged Kale Salad with Pine Nuts & Pomegranate
Shiny red pomegranate seeds release a burst of fresh fruit flavour in this massaged kale salad with pine nuts.
Warm Mushroom Salad
Warm, golden crisp pancetta and sautéed mushrooms are meaty and earthy in flavour. They are served over a bed of peppery arugula with an acidic dressing to marry everything together in this warm mushroom salad.
Grilled Steak Salad with Balsamic Sauce
Photo Credit: Kiss My Smoke
Juicy steak sits on top of a bed of sweet baby spinach and peppery radishes in this grilled steak salad recipe. Tangy balsamic dressing ties it all together, adding acidity and flavour.
Wilted Swiss Chard Salad
This wilted Swiss chard salad makes a great lunch or a side dish, and is so easy to customize. You can add some fennel or parsnip, some extra herbs for flavour, swap the raspberry vinegar for lemon juice, or swap out the almonds for walnuts.
Spinach Strawberry Goat Cheese Walnut Salad
Photo Credit: Seasons and Suppers
This classic spinach and strawberry salad has a twist! It includes peppery watercress and sweet maple glazed walnuts for a new spin on this well loved recipe.
Kale Tahini Green Dressing
Photo Credit: The Viet Vegan
This vegan kale tahini salad dressing is bright, lemony, creamy, and fresh! With garlic, tahini, kale and lemon juice, it’s a nutritious and delicious way to dress your favourite salads!
This lemon vinaigrette is perfect to dress a simple green salad or even grilled vegetables. It would also be an excellent addition to a couscous or grain salad. The great thing about this lemon vinaigrette is that you probably have all the ingredients on hand to make it!