Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Salad Recipes That Make Eating Greens Fun

Wilted Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
Photo: Andy Lyons

Whether tossed with fresh fruit or your favorite vegetables, salads are a blank canvas perfect for adding in healthy ingredients. More than just a starter for a meal or a way to squeeze in your greens, the best salad recipes are ones that taste great, look delicious, and are packed with enough protein to satisfy, too. Each of these healthy recipes meets those criteria and is ready in 45 minutes or less from start to finish.

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Grilled Chicken and Cherry Salad

Grilled Chicken and Cherry Salad
Blaine Moats

Tons of crunchy vegetables, bursts of fresh cherries, and savory grilled chicken—we love everything about this healthy salad. Make it in summer using the season's cherry bounty or swap in other in-season fruit (like blueberries or peaches) to suit your tastebuds.

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Fresh Taco Salad

Fresh Taco Salad
Jason Donnelly

This fiesta-ready salad comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it a great option for weeknight meals. With a kaleidoscope of fresh ingredients—like jicama, corn, and creamy avocado—it's one of those heart-healthy salads you can feel good about eating. Top it off with our garlicky cilantro ranch dressing for the perfect finishing touch.

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Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad
Jacob Fox

Inject unique flavors into your collection of healthy salad recipes by adding this tasty number, filled withrice noodles, shrimp, snow peas, and serrano peppers. It comes together in a snap, too: Simply coat the salad in a store-bought Asian-inspired dressing, grab your chopsticks, and enjoy.

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Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas

Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas
Jason Donnelly

A colorful medley of fiber-filled chickpeas, juicy red tomatoes, shredded carrots, and crisp veggies makes this an easy addition to your recipe box. Lemon juice, which is high in vitamin C, adds a bright pop of flavor when infused into the cumin-citrus dressing.

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Maple Mahi-Mahi Salad

Maple Mahi Mahi Salad
Blaine Moats

A quick-cooking fish and an oh-so-simple salad dressing (with just a hint of maple syrup) mean this protein-packed salad recipe is a breeze to make, even mid-week. While the fish cooks, you can assemble the rest of the salad fixings for a healthy dinner in under 30 minutes.

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Stone Fruit Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Coins

Stone Fruit Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Coins
Jason Donnelly

Ripe, juicy peaches add vitamin A, which helps support a healthy immune system, while rosemary-coated goat cheese provides a creamy fix of calcium. Combine vinegar, oil, mustard, and garlic in a screw-top jar to create the simple dressing perfect for coating this—or any other—heart-healthy salad.

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries

Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries

Served warm and topped with crumbled blue cheese and bacon, this savory salad is hearty and satisfying while also being nutritious. You'll get a boost of iron thanks to the spinach base, plus antioxidents from dried cranberries.

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Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad

Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad
Andy Lyons

Cornmeal-coated tomatoes and golden pork top this nutrient-rich watercress salad, with bottled sweet-and-sour sauce and crumbled blue cheese to give it a tasty tang.

Test Kitchen Tip: Want to change things up? Use bread crumbs in place of cornmeal to coat the tomatoes and replace the blue cheese with shaved Parmesan.

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Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad
Kritsada Panichgul

Rich in iron and high in calcium, spinach makes the perfect base for this heart-healthy tilapia salad. Toss in roma tomatoes and button mushrooms for pops of fresh flavor.

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Shrimp and Watercress Salad

shrimp and watercress salad
Andy Lyons

Dive into this two-step shrimp salad featuring fresh asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and watercress. The peppery, leafy green tastes delicious when balanced with a sweet and tangy bottled berry vinaigrette.

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Breakfast Salad with Avocado and Eggs

Breakfast Salad with Avocado and Eggs
Jason Donnelly

Salad for breakfast? You bet! You'll be ready to dive into this fresh recipes anytime of day. Crisp butter lettuce serves as the base for toppings like poached eggs, crunchy radishes, and even crispy bacon, if you desire.

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Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

Gingered Beef Broccoli Salad Bowl
Kritsada Panichgul

Tender steak and crisp veggies load this healthy, five-ingredient spinach salad with flavor and nutrition. Dress it up with an easy bottled ginger vinaigrette for an extra kick.

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Greek Dressing

Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Greek Dressing
Kritsada Panichgul

Kalamata olives give this healthy baby greens salad a Mediterranean flair. The salad also sports fork-tender chicken, pickled veggies, and a store-bought Greek salad dressing for a simple, all-in-one meal.

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