Quick & Easy Salad Recipes

Salads are one of the more simple dishes to prepare but it can be a task if you're making a big batch for an event or if the recipes requires a long list of ingredients. Covering everything from chicken, potato, fruit salads and more, add these quick and easy salad recipes to your arsenal for side salads and mains perfect for every occasion.

Staff Picks

Hearty Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 3 stars 78
A dash of hot sauce adds piquancy to this comforting winter side dish.

Kale-and-Apple Salad

Sweet and tart with crunch for days, the thinly sliced apples in this healthy salad have what it takes stand up to the bold flavors of fresh kale, celery, Parmesan cheese, and a garlicky lemon-honey vinaigrette.

Classic Egg Salad

Rating: 3.22 stars 315
Other mix-ins include sliced black olives, chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh chives, walnut pieces, chopped dill pickles, and capers.

Sauteed Romaine Lettuce

Rating: 3.14 stars 117
Recipe adapted from "Food From Many Greek Kitchens," by Tessa Kiros. Copyright 2011 by Tessa Kiros. Used with permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Classic Caesar Salad

Rating: 3.29 stars 282
Crisp romaine, pepper-and-butter croutons, and grated Parmesan are tossed with traditional Caesar dressing.

Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing

Finely chopped lemon mixed with grainy mustard, sugar, and olive oil makes a stellar dressing for this radicchio-and-mint salad.

Shredded Beet and Carrot Salad

Beets, which are rich in folic acid and vitamin C, are the primary ingredient of this simple salad.

Potato and Green Bean Salad

Rating: 3.27 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.

Grapefruit and Smoked-Trout "Cobb" Salad

This Grapefruit and Smoked-Trout "Cobb" Salad is equal parts refreshing and satisfying. To cool cooked farro and other grains more quickly, spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to refrigerator until cool.

Chicken, Red Cabbage, and Carrot Salad with Soy-Lime Dressing

Rating: 3.13 stars 70
This vibrant salad made with shredded red cabbage, carrots, and fresh herbs makes for a great lunch. It's easy to put together and versatile too, swap cubed firm tofu for the leftover or rotisserie chicken to make the salad vegetarian. And if you don't like it so spicy, know that most of a jalapeño's spiciness is in the ribs and seeds—omit them for a milder dressing.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 2.88 stars 124
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Crispy Panko Shrimp Salad

In this quick five-ingredient dish, Dijonnaise (a flavorful mixture of mustard and mayo) binds panko crumbs to the shrimp and also adds creaminess to the dressing.

Inspiration and Ideas

Martha's Favorite Vinaigrette
Rating: Unrated 89
This easy vinaigrette is made with a handful of pantry-friendly ingredients and comes together with just a few shakes of a mason jar! The possibilities using this versatile dressing go way beyond the salad bowl; it's also great for drizzling over dishes like rice pilaf, steamed green beans, and even mains like baked chicken or fish.
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing
Rating: Unrated 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.
Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrots

The variety of seeds and the kale make this a distinctive twist on coleslaw.