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

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
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It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

Rating: 3.16 stars
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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 and Green Bean Salad

Rating: 3.27 stars
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Whether eaten warm or out of the fridge, this bright, crunchy potato salad pairs perfectly with grilled meats like pork, steak or chicken.

Classic Egg Salad

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

Classic Caesar Salad

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

Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad

Rating: 3.61 stars
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Nothing compares to the juiciness of summer tomatoes. Go beyond the expected with this showstopping 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 Salad

Rating: 3.16 stars
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Chopped scallions are sprinkled on a potato salad made with Yukon golds.

Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Rating: 3.55 stars
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Scallions, parsley, and pine nuts dot this nutritious salad.

Sauteed Romaine Lettuce

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

Chopped Salad with Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.08 stars
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This deconstructed take on a steakhouse-style wedge salad is lighter than its original inspiration; a vinaigrette replaces the creamy dressing but makes up for any leanness with creamy bursts of crumbled bleu cheese scattered throughout the salad.
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Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3.11 stars
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Quickly pickled sliced cucumbers and red onion make a cooling side salad for lamb burgers or fried fish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrots
The variety of seeds and the kale make this a distinctive twist on coleslaw.
Chicken and Grape Salad
Rating: Unrated
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Supermarket rotisserie chicken comes together with sweet grapes and savory bacon in a fast, fresh lunch or dinner. This dish uses just half of a rotisserie chicken. Shred or slice the leftover meat and use in a sandwich, quesadilla, or pasta dish for another quick meal.

Steamed Corn on the Cob with Orange-Oregano Butter

Serving sweet corn with a flavored butter, like this one with zest and herbs, makes it even more delectable.