20 Quick Side Salad Recipes for Any Occasion
No matter the season, one of the best dishes to serve alongside a main course is a delicious side salad. Whether you need something crowd-pleasing to complement grilled meat or a light accompaniment to broiled fish for a weeknight dinner, these quick side salad recipes make good use of a variety of seasonal ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to prepare.
We have plenty of recipes featuring bitter greens like radicchio, endive, and frisée, such as the Frisée Salad with Pistachios and Dijon Vinaigrette pictured here, as well as milder blends of mixed greens, spinach, and watercress. In the middle of summer, Garden Salad with Herbs and Sour-Cherry Dressing is a real stunner. Tart sour cherries are at their peak in June; a big bunch of fresh herbs and leafy greens serve as the backdrop for bright red ingredients like berries and radishes.
Of course, salads don't have to have a green base. Take our recipe for Bloody-Mary Tomato Salad, which comes together in 15 minutes—juicy heirloom tomatoes in a variety of stoplight colors are garnished with classic Bloody Mary-inspired flavors like horseradish, celery, and Worcestershire sauce. There couldn’t be a more apt salad to serve with your eggs at brunch.
You can also honor the season with a fresh, bright salad. Celebrate spring, for example, by serving Pea and Asparagus Salad, when these green vegetables are in season. But if you're look for something more universal, consider our Moroccan Barley Salad, which is great all year round. Best of all, any leftovers will be great for lunch the following day.
Your family, friends, and the dinner party crowd will adore these quick and delicious side salad recipes.
Raw-Beet and Celery-Root Salad
Bloody-Mary Tomato Salad
Julienned-Carrot and Kale Salad
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
Moroccan Barley Salad
Cucumber Salad with Herbs, Kumquats, and Sumac Dressing
Crunchy cucumbers and scallions meet tart kumquats in this alluring, tangy salad. Sumac, a lemon-flavored spice, is an unexpected flavor that ties every ingredient together.
Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing
Winter White Salad with Creme-Fraiche Vinaigrette
Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
Not all salads are slaws, but all slaws are fabulous side salads. And who could resist digging into this Asian-inspired slaw with a delicious dressing made with rice vinegar, ginger, and lime juice?
Tomato Salad with Chile Yogurt
Layered heirloom tomatoes over a spicy yogurt spread truly tastes as good as it looks. Perhaps the best part is that it comes together in 10 minutes.
Butter-Lettuce Salad with Avocado-Buttermilk Dressing
When you want a side salad that feels a little bit indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Crumbled bacon makes this salad next-level irresistible.
Escarole Salad with Lemon-and-Anchovy Dressing
Watercress, Radicchio, and Radish Salad
Use that big bag of radishes hanging out in the crisper drawer in this lively salad. Their fresh crunch and bright pink color pops against the peppery watercress and slightly bitter radicchio.
Persimmon and Escarole Salad
Gazpacho Salad with Croutons
Pea and Asparagus Salad
This salad is like spring on a plate! From the blanched, shelled English peas to the toasted almonds and raw asparagus, everything about this dish is a welcome bite.
Warm Spinach Salad with Soy Vinaigrette
An upgrade on the usual spinach salad, soy sauce, sliced cremini and shiitake mushrooms, and carrots come together to give this side an Asian flavor.