23 Garden-Fresh Salad Recipes

For a quick and easy seasonal dinner, toss together one of these salads chock-full of good-for-you veggies, fruits, and lean meats.


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1/23
Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing & Herb Feta

    In this recipe by Jamie Oliver, quick-growing lettuces combine with carrots, radishes, broccoli, and feta for a salad you can scoop up with sourdough crisps.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
2/23
Evolution Carrot Salad

    Toss shaved carrots with clementines, herbs, and seeds to recreate this bright salad from Food Revolution chef, Jamie Oliver.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
3/23
Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

    A colorful mix of lettuce and fresh herbs are tossed with a lemony sour cream dressing, creating the perfect spring salad.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
4/23
Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

    Warm goat cheese adds a wonderfully creamy texture to this fresh salad. If you can't find the crottins, use a log of fresh goat cheese and cut vertically into slices.

    Recipe developed by Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa). Copyright 2004, Barefoot in Paris, Clarkson/Potter Publications, all rights reserved.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Bake   8 mins  450°F 
5/23
Greek Chicken Salad

    Grilled chicken marinated in garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano adds filling protein to this colorful salad. Feta cheese, cucumber, red onion, and olives keep it traditional.

6/23
Grilled Tuna Salad

    This artful tuna salad is good for you too. The recipe calls for olives and an olive oil-based dressing -- both high in heart-healthy fats that fight inflammation and antioxidants that combat cancer.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Broil   8 mins 
7/23
Salsa, Black Bean, and Rice Salad

    Salsa and pepper-spiced cheese add pizzazz to this black bean and veggie salad. The 30-minute supper is healthy, too, with fiber-rich beans that can lower blood sugar. For more nutrients, make it with brown rice.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
8/23
Roast Pork Salad with Ginger-Pineapple Dressing

    Pork tenderloin tops antioxidant-rich spinach and juicy pineapple. The pork is a good source of B vitamins and riboflavin -- nutrients that promote healthy red blood cells -- and it's lower in fat and calories than skinless chicken breast.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Roast   25 mins  425°F 
9/23
Spinach Salad with Ancho Chili Pepper Chops

    Spicy pork and crisp bacon top garden-fresh spinach. Fresh onion sauteed with vinegar and chili pepper makes a simple and flavorful dressing.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
10/23
Spring Waldorf Salad

    In this fresh spin on classic Waldorf salad, apples are tossed with Boston lettuce, endive, and a savory-sweet lemon dressing. Add grilled chicken or fish to make a main course salad that's sure to satisfy.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
11/23
Grilled Steak Bruschetta Salad

    Roasted red sweet peppers, crumbled blue cheese, and beef top crisp greens. A mixture of apricot preserves, horseradish, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard makes the perfect topper.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   35 mins 
12/23
Spring Greens with Roasted Chicken

    For a 20-minute dinner they'll love, toss mixed greens, blue cheese, sliced strawberries, and cashews with store-bought roasted chicken.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 main-dish servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
13/23
Fast Nicoise Salad

    Lemon-pepper tuna, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, red potatoes, and a light garlic vinaigrette toss together in minutes, creating a quick and easy dinner they'll love.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
14/23
Cajun Turkey & Fresh Melon Salad

    For a dinner they'll love -- ready in less than 20 minutes -- toss mixed greens with Cajun-seasoned turkey, juicy cantaloupe, and ripe blueberries.

Makes: 4 servings
Grill   12 mins  to  15 mins 
Start to Finish   18 mins 
15/23
Mango Chicken Salad

    Jazz up your chicken salad by tossing in juicy mango, fresh blueberries, crumbled blue cheese, and crunchy broccoli.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
16/23
BLT Salad with Crostini

    This twist on a classic American favorite -- BLT sandwiches -- makes a simple and delicious dinner that even kids will love.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
17/23
Pulled Chicken-Peanut Salad

    Chicken with a light citrus flavor (from steaming in orange juice) gives this Thai-inspired salad an unexpected twist.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
18/23
Mango & Corn Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

    Make your cookout special with this delicious salad of grilled corn, juicy mango, red onion, and arugula. The homemade vinaigrette adds a lovely kick.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill   12 mins 
19/23
Grilled Chicken Salad

    Seasoned grilled chicken, pine nuts, creamy goat cheese, and juicy grapes top crisp greens. Try it with our quick and easy homemade vinaigrette of oil, vinegar, dill weed, garlic, pepper, and oregano (see recipe).

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Grill   12 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
20/23
Sharp and Sweet Green Salad

    A tart lime-pepper dressing makes this fresh-from-the-garden salad of crisp lettuce, juicy kiwi, crunchy cucumbers, peppery watercress, and baby bok choy a side dish to remember.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
21/23
Mediterranean Beef Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

    Tangy lemon vinaigrette adds a delicious kick to this simple salad of mixed greens, broiled steak, juicy tomatoes, red onion, and creamy feta.

22/23
Couscous Chicken Salad

    Refreshing mango chutney tops lemon-pepper chicken, crunchy cucumbers, and quick-cooking couscous -- ready to serve in just 15 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
23/23
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