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.

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.

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.

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.

Potato Salad

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

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.

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.

Fennel and Orange Salad

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

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.

Shredded Beet and Carrot Salad

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

Green Salad with Hard-Cooked Eggs

Keep your cool this summer by turning off the oven. This delicious green salad topped with cubes of Havarti cheese and slices of hard-cooked eggs is easy to make, and hearty enough to serve as a main course.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

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

Black Beans and Corn

This is a quick and easy protein-packed side dish.