Salad Recipes

Main-dish salad ideas, lunch salads, side salads, slaws—we have these and so much more. The classics—Caesar, Cobb, Waldorf—are all here, plus lots more creative, healthy salad recipes, with leafy greens or without, so you can enjoy salad every day.

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Our Favorite Cool and Crunchy Salad Greens to Try Right Now

Find your go-to greens on our list and learn which other styles you should try.
By Rebecca Morris

25 Main-Course Summer Salads That Are Packed with Protein

From mixes topped with steak and tofu to those finished with chicken and chickpeas, these salad recipes are filling enough to serve as your main course at lunch or dinner.
By Emily Goldman

Tomato and Strawberry Salad

Meet the easy salad pairing you never knew you needed: Farm-stand strawberries and tomatoes taste like sunshine on a plate when tossed with fresh basil, white balsamic vinegar, and a good olive oil.

Gingery Shrimp Salad with Crispies

Composing a great dinner salad is all about achieving the right balance of textures and flavors. Here, it's the juicy seared shrimp and crunchy tortilla strips that make this healthy entrée seem like a special occasion treat, even though it's quick and easy enough to make on a weeknight. 

Chicken Caesar Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 59
With a little advance preparation, the components for this tasty Chicken Caesar Salad can be stored in the fridge and then assembled and served within minutes.

Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 92
Scallions, parsley, and pine nuts dot this nutritious salad.

Basic Potato Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 156
All you need is four ingredients for this simple potato salad recipe: potatoes, scallions, mayonnaise, and white vinegar. We use Yukon gold potatoes because they are a great all-purpose spud with a creamy bite. While the potatoes are steamed, mix the vinegar with scallions, salt and pepper. Tossing the cooked potatoes in this tangy mixture while they are still hot allows them to absorb the flavors. After they cool, stir in the mayonnaise and more scallions, and you’re ready to serve. Alternatively, you can make this potato salad up to two days ahead.

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

Rating: 3 stars 1074
We've given this creamy cucumber salad recipe a healthy update. But it's still so good, you won't even notice! Reduced-fat sour cream (in place of full-fat) lowers the calorie count without losing taste.

Potato Salad

Rating: 3 stars 247
Chopped scallions are sprinkled on a potato salad made with Yukon golds.

Martha's Favorite Tuna Salad Sandwich

Rating: 3 stars 261
Martha’s favorite tuna salad sandwich is a lunchtime classic. She uses good-quality tuna packed in oil and adds finely diced apple and celery for crunch. Light mayo and lemon juice bring it all together. Make like Martha and serve the tuna salad on thinly sliced, toasted (or not!) sourdough bread.

Simple Coleslaw

Our coleslaw recipe couldn't be easier: It comes together in 15 minutes and requires just five ingredients, including shredded cabbage, carrots, mayo, mustard, and a little white wine vinegar. (We like to use a mix of red and green cabbage for a more colorful result.) You can pair this easy side salad with all kinds of summer favorites, from burgers and grilled chicken to pulled pork sandwiches.

Potato and Green Bean Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 140
Whether eaten warm or out of the fridge, this bright, crunchy potato salad pairs perfectly with grilled meats like pork, steak or chicken.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil
Rating: 3 stars 244

In this summery salad, sweet watermelon is the perfect foil for tangy feta cheese.