Quick and Healthy Salad Recipes That Make Eating Greens Fun
Grilled Chicken and Cherry Salad
Tons of crunchy vegetables, bursts of fresh cherries, and all the elements of a great chicken salad—we love everything about this healthy salad idea. Make it in summer using the season’s cherry bounty or swap in other fruit (like blueberries) outside cherry season.
Fresh Taco Salad
This healthy, fiesta-ready salad comes together in less than 30 minutes. With a kaleidoscope of fresh ingredients, such as 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.
Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad
Inject unique flavors into your collection of healthy salad recipes by adding this tasty number, filled with dried rice noodles, shrimp, snow pea pods, 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.
Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas
A colorful medley of fiber-filled chickpeas, juicy red tomatoes, shredded carrots, and more crisp veggies served with store-bought pita rounds makes this an easy addition to your healthy salad recipes box. Lemon juice, which is high in vitamin C, brightens the flavor when infused into the cumin-citrus dressing.
Asparagus and Shrimp Salad
Maple Mahi-Mahi Salad
Quick-cooking fish and an oh-so-simple salad dressing (with just a hint of maple, thanks to the syrup) mean this protein-packed salad recipe is a snap to make. While the fish cooks, you can assemble the rest of the salad fixings for a healthy dinner in 30 minutes.
Stone Fruit Salad with Baked Goat Cheese Coins
Ripe, juicy peaches add vitamin A, which helps support a healthy immune system, and 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 to coat it (or any other heart-healthy salads).
Wilted Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
A delightful, warm sauce of reduced pomegranate juice, fresh onions, and seasonings comes together with soft spinach and easy pan-seared chicken tenderloins for an antioxidant-rich salad that pairs wonderfully with crunchy toasted almonds.
Salmon-Topped Salad with Strawberries
It might sound unusual, but strawberry, rosemary, and salmon are a match made in heaven when it comes to healthy salad ideas. This one uses spinach as a base, soy-and-garlic salmon, and a creamy, slightly fruity sauce to tie it all together.
Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad
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 cheese.
Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad
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.
Shrimp and Watercress Salad
Dive into this two-step (just cook asparagus and assemble ingredients) shrimp salad featuring fresh asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and watercress. The peppery, leafy green tastes delicious when balanced in flavor by bottled berry vinaigrette.
Sesame Chicken Salad
In just 20 minutes, you’ll have one of the best healthy salad recipes on the table with this zesty number that also has fewer than 200 calories. Ours features whole baby corn, ruby-red radishes, and savory chicken on a bed of crisp greens. For a bit of zing, toss it in a homemade orange-sesame dressing.