16 Healthy Chopped Salad Recipes That Are Anything but Boring
Steak Salad with White Beans and Peppers
Instead of potatoes on the side, dress up tonight’s steak dinner by serving it with a showstopper chopped salad. Navy beans, sweet piquante peppers, and a mix of lettuce and arugula make a tasty salad that’s way more interesting and flavorful than a plain baked potato. The Greek yogurt-ranch dressing keeps the calorie count low (under 500), while still getting a whopping 35 grams of protein from the steak and beans.
Greek Quinoa Chopped Salad with Lemon-Feta Dressing
The next time you’re in need of a quick healthy salad for lunch or dinner, consider going Greek. This yummy recipe has all of our favorite Mediterranean ingredients: feta cheese, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and pita chips for crunch. Quinoa and chickpeas help make this a high-protein vegetarian meal.
Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
This Mexican chopped salad has all of your favorite taco ingredients, plus a few tasty extras. Romaine lettuce, chicken, avocado, and grape tomatoes might be common additions to your taco bar, but this salad recipe also mixes it up with hominy and mango slices. Serve with a spicy homemade jalapeño dressing, plus queso fresco and crispy pumpkin seeds to really make it stand out.
Warm Citrus Shrimp Salad
If you’ve always been a multitasker in the kitchen, this healthy salad recipe full of omega-3 fatty acids is for you. To get started, toss together shrimp, orange zest, pea pods, red pepper, garlic, and crushed red pepper. While the shrimp mixture roasts in the oven, you can prep the lettuce for topping.
Kale and Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts
Got a few leftover veggies hanging around? This recipe is a great way to use them up. Toss your spare red onion, fresh herbs, and spinach into this easy delicious kale salad for a tasty lunch or dinner. To speed this recipe along, you can use frozen falafel or, if you’re feeling ambitious, make your own!
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French Chopped Salad
We can’t promise that making this fresh chopped salad will turn you into a French chef, but it will bring a taste of France to your kitchen. Packed with fresh ingredients like green beans, romaine lettuce, and English cucumbers, this salad just gets better with each bite. Top it off with a French-inspired homemade vinaigrette with Champagne vinegar, honey, and fresh tarragon.
Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing
This healthy chopped salad recipe starts with bulgur and ends with homemade olive dressing and crumbles of feta cheese. In between, mix in fresh veggies like cauliflower, chicories, and chopped celery. To make this salad super enticing, layer the ingredients in a trifle bowl so you can see each veggie.
Mexican Edamame and Couscous Salad
For once, this recipe will have you excited to make salad for dinner (or lunch). This vibrant, healthy Mexican salad recipe takes only 30 minutes to make, but it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients like couscous, black beans, and tons of fresh veggies. Shake together a simple cilantro dressing to drizzle on top, and this Mexican recipe will taste even better than takeout.
Farro, Chickpeas, and Greens
Utilizing plant-based ingredients such as chickpeas and farro bulk up this easy vegetarian salad's nutritional value with 16 grams of protein per serving. You'll also get a healthy dose of fiber. The vinaigrette is made with some lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil for a simple dressing that really helps meld the flavors together.
Chopped Chef's Salad
It's good to have a delicious chef’s salad recipe in your repertoire, so keep this one handy. It’s a simple salad recipe, but fresh ingredients like chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and romaine make it a tasty treat. And thanks to chopped turkey breast (use leftovers if you have them!) and hard-cooked eggs, it 21 grams of protein to keep you going for hours.
Southwest-Style Salad with Pickled Jalapeño Dressing
This Southwest-style chopped salad is loaded with so many delicious ingredients, you just might lose track of the lettuce. Spicy chicken, red cabbage, avocado, corn, and grape tomatoes are just a few. And instead of croutons, keep the Southwest theme going by sprinkling your salad with broken tortilla chips.
Chopped Green Salad
This easy chopped salad recipe is loaded with greens such as spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, and edamame. That’s a ton of veggies, but they sure are tasty, especially with a fresh herb dressing drizzled on top. You'll get a generous helping of vitamins A and K here as well as calcium. We also snuck in a serving of fruit into this salad while sticking to the “green” theme by mixing in green grapes.
Fresh Taco Salad
This zesty taco salad recipe has a hint of heat thanks to fresh jalapeño pepper slices sprinkled throughout. Of course, that’s not the only attraction. It also has fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, and black beans on top of a bed of mixed salad greens. If you want this salad to become an even more filling meal, try adding some cooked chicken breast to it! Drizzle everything with cilantro ranch dressing, then dive in fork-first.
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Chopped Holiday Salad
This fresh chopped salad recipe is certainly special enough to serve during the holidays, but there’s also no reason why you can’t make it all year-round. The ingredients (green peppers, cucumber, red radicchio, and radishes) make it a festive and healthy holiday treat for less than 200 calories per serving. For the best flavors, make this salad ahead of time (up to 24 hours) and let the veggies soak in the dressing in the fridge.
If you’re serving a fresh chopped salad to a crowd, make it a row salad. Arranging each ingredient in a line on a platter makes for a gorgeous salad that everyone will be clamoring to try. For this recipe, we used iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, mushrooms, and other fresh veggies, but you can easily sub in your favorites (or whatever you find at your local farmers market).
Grilled Watermelon Salad
If you haven't had melon in a salad before, you should definitely give it a shot. Grilling slices of watermelon add a nice charred flavor to the fruit in this chopped salad featuring healthy quinoa, romaine, avocado, and freshly-pickled radish. The honey-lime dressing is the perfect sweet and tangy finish to this summer salad.