The Best Salad Recipes

Sometimes you can’t beat a delicious salad recipe. Today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite salad recipes for you. Whether these recipes are used as a full meal or a side dish, there’s something you’re bound to love.

Unique and Delicious Salad Recipes #salad #recipe #lettuce #panzanella #pastasalad #pasta #potatosalad #dessertsalad

Salad comes in many forms. There are the classic leaf salads, pasta salads, potato salads, chicken salads, panzanellas (bread salads), and even dessert salads!

Knowing that I’m always looking for unique and delicious salad recipes, I decided to put this list of my favorites together just in case you need a go-to list yourself.

Whether you need a side for a weeknight dinner or want something special to take to a picnic/event, I’m certain you can find a salad recipe in this list that will work perfectly for any occasion. Enjoy!

Leafy Green Salad Recipes:

big bowl of spinach salad with berries.

Summer Berry Spinach Salad

If you’re looking for an easy and fresh salad that you can assemble in minutes, this Summer Berry Spinach Salad is a winner. It’s topped with fresh berries, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts, and poppyseed dressing. 

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Roasted Carrot Salad

Arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, almond, and roasted carrots come together to create this delicious and fresh Roasted Carrot Salad.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad #BrusselsSprouts #ShavedBrusselsSprouts #salad #apple #pinenuts #recipe #sidedish #easy

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Mixed with Honeycrisp apples, pecorino Romano cheese, pine nuts, and dried currants, this Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad has become one of my favorite side salad recipes. I think you’re going to love it too!

Broccolini Salad in a bowl.

Broccolini Salad

Made with broccolini, fresh greens, sliced onion, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds, this fresh and crisp Broccolini Salad is an easy and tasty side dish that will complement any meal. 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowls.

Butternut Squash Fall Salad

Made with arugula, dried cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and a homemade apple cider vinaigrette, this Butternut Squash Fall Salad is a delicious and seasonal way to start any autumn dinner. Add grilled chicken or steak and you can turn it into a meal. 

Winter Brussels Sprouts Salad on a platter.

Winter Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussels sprouts are tossed with pomegranate seeds, pecans, pears, parmesan cheese, and a light dressing to create this Winter Brussels Sprouts Salad. This is a healthy, easy-to-make side that pairs beautifully with any holiday or winter meal. 

Unique Salads

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad #potatosalad #sidedish #potato #bacon #bluecheese #salad #recipe

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Move over classic potato salad; there’s a new dish in town. This Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad is a fresh and flavorful take on the classic recipe. In fact, I’d take this over the classic recipe any day!

This Snow Pea and Chicken Salad Recipe is a delicious and unique take on classic chicken salad.

Snow Pea and Chicken Salad

Sometimes a good chicken salad recipe can totally hit the spot. Whether you serve this Snow Pea and Chicken Salad for lunch or at a summer gathering, I know you’re going to love its fresh and delicate flavors.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad

If you’re looking for a salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner, you’ll want to try this Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad. Bursting with bold flavor, it is so simple to make.

Avocado Panzanella Salad

This Avocado Panzanella Salad is a celebration of summer! Bursting with summer tomatoes, crusting bread, fresh basil, and creamy avocados this salad is a winning recipe!

Roasted Zucchini Panzanella Salad #vegetable #roasted #zucchini #panzanella #salad #recipe #summer #picnic #breadsalad

Roasted Zucchini Panzanella

If you are looking for a delicious summer salad recipe, look no further than this Roasted Zucchini Panzanella. I mean, what’s not to love about a salad made with toasted bread?

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowl.

Creamed Cucumbers

This cool and creamed cucumber salad is a classic side dish that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or family holiday. It’s a time-honored recipe that has been a favorite in my home for as long as I can remember. You’re going to love it too. 

Pasta Salad Recipes:

Pasta salad might be my favorite kind of salad.  That is why I have an entire blog post dedicated to my best pasta salad recipes. It’s worth checking out as there are some really good ones! You can find those HERE.

This Ramen Noodle Salad is the best and easiest #summer #pasta #salad #recipe! #ramen #noodle

Ramen Noodle Salad

This Ramen Noodle Salad is so simple to make, full of flavor, and always a crowd pleaser. You’re certain to love this easy and delicious pasta salad recipe!

Delicious Pine Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe #pasta #salad #pesto #pinenut #arugula #pastasalad #recipe #sidedish

Pine Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad

This Pine Nut and Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad contains four things I love: pine nuts, arugula, pasta, and feta. I think it’s a delightful combination of flavors that almost everyone will enjoy.

BLT Macaroni Salad

Based on one of my favorite classic sandwich recipes, this BLT Macaroni Salad is loaded with flavor. It’s a tasty and unique twist on classic pasta salad with a traditional flavor combination everyone will love!

Dessert “Salad” Recipes:

And then there’s the dessert salad recipes. Dessert salads are typically sweet and made with items such as jello, whipped topping, fruits, mayo, etc. These are a few of the dessert salads that are staples in my family – we make them over and over again!

Delicious and Easy Waldorf Salad #waldorfsalad #salad #recipe #sidedish #thanksgiving #christmas #holiday

Waldorf Salad

Although delicious anytime of the year, Waldorf Salad has been a holiday side dish in my family for as long as I can remember. Today, I’m sharing my family’s recipe for this “must have” holiday dish.

Orange Pineapple Dream Salad - delicious as a side dish or dessert #salad #dreamsalad #dessertsalad #pineappledream

Orange Pineapple Dream Salad

Whether served as a dessert or side dish, this Orange Pineapple Dream Salad recipe is the perfect compliment to any celebration, holiday, or meal.

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a classic dessert that continues to be a favorite! #strawberry #jello #pretzel #dessert #recipe

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an old-fashioned dessert recipe that still popular for a reason: it’s delicious! The combination of sweet, salty, and fruity is so good!

fork into strawberry jello salad.

Strawberry Jello Salad

Fluffy, fruity, and full of flavor, this Strawberry Jello Salad is a dessert recipe from my childhood that hasn’t gone out of style. Twenty-five years later it’s still just as delicious! It might quickly become your new go-to treat. 


That’s a Wrap on My Best Salad Recipes:

I hope you enjoy this little collection. Be sure to save this post for later as I will be adding favorites to this list whenever I add a new delicious salad recipe to the blog.

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  • Maureen Cracknell Handmade at

    Thank you for sharing these!! You always share the most wonderful baked deserts and unfortunately I can’t eat gluten! LOVE the salads!! 🙂

  • Rachel at

    Im always hunting for salad recipes and now Ive found some awesome recipes all in one place. So convenient for the time starved. THANK YOU.

  • Chris Hanisco at

    This is so weird! I found your blog through another friend’s post – and I was like, “Oh! I know Michael!!” LOL! So happy for you! I also love your taste! I mean, you loved Dippy Chick so of course you have good taste. 😉

  • Sara at

    Wow! That’s a lot of followers. I tried the broccoli, grape pasta salad after seeing it on pinterest. It was very good.

  • Ali Richardson at

    Seriously!!?? You are the guru of Pinterest! Awesome!!! Yummy salads 🙂

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    That black bean salad looks right up our alley at the Woodwards. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chloe at

    Those salads look so good! I just nabbed that grape, broccoli, tomato pasta salad from Pinterest and made it last night (minus the grapes, plus some kalamata olives)! It looks like spring is getting everyone in the mood for some warm-weather eats. 🙂 Thanks for rounding up a bunch of delicious looking salads! I’m excited to try some of these other ones!

  • Anonymous at

    wowie! congratulations on all of the followers! it couldn’t happen to a nicer person! ALL of these salads look divine!!! thanks! sharon

  • slip4 at

    I am a sucker for chicken salad recipes! Now I need to start trying some of them 🙂

  • moonglitter at

    I’ve been looking for some new great salad recipes! Thanks you!!

  • Liz at

    Wow! Fabulous! I will be trying them all, thanks!

  • Susan Lynn, Insomniac in the House at

    Congrats on your followers (I would be one of the many)… and I’m board with Operation 20 lbs! Except I’m trying to do it by the end of April!!! #Imscrewedbutdoingitanyway!

  • Charlene Austin at

    Weren’t you supposed to tell us how you got so many followers?

  • Melissa at

    Lovely choices! They all look delish! I love all your pins as well. You can tell that you really make thoughtful choices when pinning:0)

  • Dee at

    The Black Bean Salad definitely and probably the chicken salad. They all sound AWESOME, but those two went into my future file. Thanks for posting the links.

  • Susan @ at

    OOps! I mean thank you for the salad recipes and I am following you on Pinterest… #750,000 and one! LOL

  • Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants at

    Lovely! I actually made the autumn salad this year for Thanksgiving, it was a hit and will become a tradition and I have made the chicken apricot but used mandarin oranges. But there are many more here I want to give a try, thanks!

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