Salad Recipes

Here is my collection of salad recipes! It includes traditional favorites and some new ideas.

When summer heat dampens your enthusiasm for cooking, you need salad recipes! Whether as a side dish or as a main course, salad is just the thing for hot lazy days.

I used to think that "salad" meant a bowl full of iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges and cucumber chunks. As with so many things about cooking, I was completely wrong!

Salads can be a combination of fruits or vegetables or both, or have cooked legumes (like lentils or beans) as their base.

Using the freshest ingredients will ensure the tastiest salad. I prefer to buy organic produce whenever possible, and to use it quickly - before it has a chance to wilt and droop at the back of the vegetable crisper.

There are an infinite number of salad recipes out there. Here are some of my favorites.

Vegetable Salads

When I think of salad, these are the first things that come to mind. Packed with fresh vegetables, these are the perfect side dish for almost any meal. A large helping makes a great lunch, too.

  • Cabbage Salad is a tasty addition to any meal. This recipe uses some unexpected ingredients to make a cabbage salad that is out of the ordinary.

  • I love eating Caesar Salad, so I was delighted to learn how easy it is to make!

  • Greek Salad is a popular classic - and rightly so. The combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, salty feta cheese and sliced black olives is a winner!

  • This easy Maple Coleslaw recipe makes a salad with a delightful taste and an interesting texture.

Potato Salads

The potato is one of my favorite foods, so of course potato salad is one of my favorite salads! Here are two great potato salad recipes.

  • Here's a recipe for an Easy Potato Salad that is perfect to take on picnics.

  • German Potato Salad isn't really a salad at all in my opinion. It's a hot side dish. I include it on this page to make it easy for you to find it. It has a wonderful sweet and sour flavor that I could enjoy every day!

Salads with Seafood or Meat

These salads are substantial enough to be a meal. They are perfect for hot summer days when you don't feel like eating anything hot, but still need the energy provided by a filling lunch or supper.

  • This simple Pasta Salad with Tuna is a quick and easy meal that you can modify to suit your family's tastes.

  • Shrimp and Mango Salad is one of my very favorite summer recipes. Serve this to special guests - or treat yourself!

  • Taco Salad is a great meal to take camping. Do most of the prep work at home, and enjoy a delicious filling meal at camp.

Grain or Rice Salads

Salads made with grains or rice are a great choice: they are substantial enough to be a meal, they provide lots of energy, and they are economical! They are easy to customize to your own taste, too.

Salad Dressings

If you're going to eat a green salad, you probably want some dressing to put on it. Making your own delicious salad dressing is a healthy and economical choice. I had no idea how easy it is to make salad dressing - especially when you have a collection of good recipes like these ones!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing is an easy oil and vinegar salad dressing that you can easily modify to suit your taste and the spices in your cupboard.

  • Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing has a wonderful flavor. If you are already familiar with balsamic vinegar, you'll know what I mean. If you aren't, go get a bottle and try this out immediately!

  • Orange Vinaigrette s a versatile sauce. It's delicious not only on a green salad, but also on vegetables or pasta!

  • This sweet and creamy Yogurt Dressing is extremely fast to make.

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