healthy salad recipes
Well hello, 45 healthy salad recipes! Let’s agree that a girl is always in need of a salad!
Need more healthy cooking inspiration? Sit back, relax and enjoy browsing these 45 healthy dinner ideas and healthy Instant Pot recipes.
Why These Salad Recipes?
I’m fully aware that you can find many other salad recipes on the web with a touch of a finger. But mine are the best! Pinky promise!
- Easy recipes – In many of these salads, even dressing is dumped in the same bowl. I do not love extra steps. We never did in Ukraine and look, I turned out just fine. 🙂
- Simple ingredients – We are talking about Walmart basic avocado, greens, tomato, pasta and quinoa ingredients. However, I encourage you to buy local, seasonal and pesticide free whenever possible.
- Meal morthy and nourishing – Most salad ideas are good as a healthy meal or will make you a potluck super star. Full of vitamins and nutrients rather than loaded with saturated fat, sugar and sodium, these salads are perfect for lunch and dinner.
- Tasty – I have compiled a collection of salads I would truly enjoy eating like a strawberry cheesecake. What is the prettiest salad worth if it tastes like kale?!
Chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber and avocado is literally the easiest salad you can throw together in 15 minutes. And just to make sure you heard me – use what you have on hand. Easy! To add protein, serve alongside easy baked chicken breast.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Mediterranean quinoa salad with olives, feta and veggies is a marriage of quinoa and Greek salad. Lasts in the fridge for a few days making it perfect for work lunches. Serve with Greek chicken for a complete dinner.
Italian Pasta Salad
I would say this Italian pasta salad is one of my favorite cold summer salads! Pasta, salami, veggies, olives, cheese in super easy zesty Italian dressing. And it keeps and travels so well. What not to like?!
Healthy Chicken Salad
This healthy chicken salad is not missing mayo or flavour. On the contrary, it is creamy, tasty and contains simple ingredients. And healthy! Spread some on a whole grain or sourdough toast, pour a bowl of best vegetable soup and enjoy heaven in your mouth!
Avocado Corn Salad
Corn avocado salad is one of the most popular salad recipes on iFOODreal. Fresh summer produce with a hint of lime. Perfect for summer although you can use frozen corn. Great accompaniment to a grilled chicken breast or chicken tostadas.
Cauliflower Potato Salad
Cauliflower potato salad is faux potato salad with cauliflower instead of potatoes. Low carb, keto and I promise 100% everyone will barely notice. Equally outstanding with lamb roast or this popular turkey burger recipe.
Quinoa tabbouleh is traditional Middle Eastern salad minus bulgur. Lots of chopped parsley, mint and veggies combined with more widely available quinoa. Perfect cold salad with lemon chicken!
I serve this spinach salad year round for guests. Asian inspired salad dressing, eggs, cukes and tomatoes combined with pre-washed baby spinach makes hosting easy! Highly recommended accompaniment to turkey breast roast.
Broccoli salad without mayo or bacon is not a broccoli salad. And these sacrifices are not necessary. We combine fresh broccoli, cranberries, red onion and sunflower seeds with healthy amount of crumbled baked bacon and creamy dressing.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This cucumber and tomato salad is the one I grew up eating in Ukraine. We add optional toasted sesame oil that mimics authentic unrefined sunflower oil taste. And my mom usually served it with her easy baked chicken thighs.
Healthy Potato Salad
I have really perfected my healthy potato salad. I consider potato salad not a real thing if it doesn’t have a touch of mayo. And it’s all it needs. The rest are pickles, eggs, condiments and yogurt. It is simply delicious!
Greek salad is our universal salad that goes with everything. My version takes 15 minutes to prep and contains no lettuce. It is a copycat version of Canadian Greek fast food chain OPA. Serve with turkey meatballs or ground turkey meatloaf.
Healthy Taco Salad
Healthy taco salad with very well seasoned ground turkey and lighter yogurt dressing. Black beans, tomato, avocado and corn truly make this taco salad healthy.
Healthy Egg Salad
I like my healthy egg salad chunky. What about you? If we disagree on texture, I am sure we can agree that it should be creamy and flavorful. We make egg salad for easy lunches and picnic food in our own backyard.
Healthy Pasta Salad
As soon as summer arrives, I bookmark my healthy pasta salad recipe. Chock full of vegetables, healthy herbed oil dressing and whole grain pasta, kids love to munch on it all day long.
Healthy Tuna Salad
This tuna salad took over Pinterest. It is extremely easy, creamy and doesn’t lack flavor like yogurt based ones or isn’t drowned in cups of mayo.
This is the best lettuce salad with any lettuce. 5 star reviews and that toasted sesame oil is just magical! It is quick to make and light to enjoy with INstant Pot beef stew or Instant Pot chicken and rice. All these recipes are Ukrainian.
Avocado Egg Salad
Avocado egg salad can be tasty. It took me a few years to warm up to it but now I am sold. A perfect ratio of healthy fats and protein dressed with simple seasonings. It is good!
Healthy Cobb Salad
Healthy cobb salad is a perfect fridge clean out salad. Grilled chicken and zucchini from the night before, anything in produce drawers, eggs, blue cheese and seeds are mixed with healthy ranch dressing.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy cucumber salad is light, fresh and affordable year round. This is my grandma’s recipe I grew up with in Ukraine. I am using yogurt in place of sour cream to make salad lighter. It would go so well with ground turkey and broccoli pasta or turkey pasta bake.
White Bean Salad
All you need to make white bean salad is olive oil, vinegar, garlic, herbs, red onion and any fresh crunchy veggies. I even used black eyed peas because they are white beans. 🙂
I make Asian salad when I am tired of other salads as it is quite different. Red or green cabbage with edamame and cilantro, and super easy Asian salad dressing. For a complete Asian fair, serve with honey garlic chicken or honey garlic salmon.
Asparagus salad is a perfect spring salad when asparagus shows up in stores. Mixed with eggs, veggies, toasted nuts and Dijon vinaigrette, it is kind of a cobb salad.
Beet salad with zesty arugula, simple candied pecans, crumbled feta and easy balsamic dressing. Even if you are not a fan of beets, the creaminess of cheese combined with roasted nuts will win you over.
Grilled Chicken Salad
This grilled chicken salad is a copycat of any fancy restaurant’s $25 salad. Grilled chicken breast, baby greens, berries and nuts are “married” with healthy poppyseed dressing.
Lemon Kale Salad with Garlic and Parmesan
This kale salad is a healthy version of Caesar salad. Lots of garlic, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and toasted nuts. It is one of my favorite leafy green salads. Try it with Ukrainian borscht or these ground beef bowls recipe.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Strawberry spinach salad with unique but simple balsamic dressing. This spring salad is the most surprising among the readers – no one expects so much flavor in this simple salad.
Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Superfood quinoa black bean salad for lunches all summer. It is full of protein, tasty and easy! Meal prep it on Sunday, make ahead for a party or simply clean out the fridge.
Thai Chicken Salad
Tired of chicken salad? Try this glorified version with crunchy cabbage and bell pepper, roasted peanuts and cilantro. Thai chicken salad, basically.
Mango Black Bean Salad
Mango black bean salad is perfect spring-summer for potlucks, easy lunches and easy dinners. I make it a lot when ataulfo mangoes hit grocery stores and a box costs $10.
Massaged Kale Salad with Winter Fruit
This massaged kale salad is perfect for fall and winter when seasonal produce is scarce. Pomegranate, orange and toasted almonds coated in delicious orange ginger dressing.
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Mexican corn salad is a healthy version of elotes. Warm grilled corn combined with salty and garlicky feta dressing. Need I say more?! Try with my popular healthy fish tacos.
Avocado salad with 3 ingredients will become your new favorite after guacamole. Green onion replaces cilantro and it is the best!
Mexican Kale Salad
Mexican kale salad is one of the first kale salads I ever created and a reader favorite. Beans, corn and pepper are mixed with tender baby kale in creamy avocado dressing. Even your grandpa who never tried kale will love it!
Shrimp Avocado Salad
Bring to a potluck or enjoy for lunch, this shrimp avocado salad is easy to make either way as it requires no cooking. Perfect summer dish.
Healthy coleslaw with bagged slaw and easy homemade yogurt dressing. No cups of mayo and a perfect creamy accompaniment to shrimp tacos, pulled pork and just a side.
I love peppery arugula! Are you with me? This arugula salad comes together in 10 minutes. I make it for dinner, guests and blogger retreats, and everyone is surprised by the abundance of taste. For a complete Italian inspired dinner, make this Instant Pot lasagna and your mind will be blown.
Broccoli Quinoa Salad
Broccoli quinoa salad is a cold quinoa salad with toasted almonds, herbs, olive oil and lemon. Broccoli is chopped in a food processor to make salad quick.
Mango slaw with addition of juicy mango, vinegar and cilantro eliminates any need for oil or mayo based dressing. So easy and good!
Blueberry Quinoa Salad
Blueberry quinoa salad with avocado, toasted pecans and homemade lime basil dressing. Unexpected combination of ingredients will make you think of this salad for days.
Smoked Salmon Salad
This smoked salmon salad will blow your mind. Think of opening a package with smoked salmon and mixing it with avocado and arugula. 5 minute healthy lunch idea without cooking.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
Southwest quinoa salad is one of few recipes where tri-colour quinoa shows off its hearty texture. Plus lots of corn, bell pepper, black beans, cilantro and spices. YUM! Add cooked and chopped Instant Pot chicken breast that will soak up Southwest flavors.
Canned Salmon Salad
Canned salmon salad is not your regular tuna salad. It is chock full of veggies, avocado and healthy yogurt dressing.
Tomato Pasta Salad
Tomato pasta salad is a marriage of pasta and tomato salads inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Lots of herbs, garlic, olive oil and feta cheese to “seal the deal”.
Healthy Shrimp Salad
Healthy shrimp salad is for shrimp salad lovers. It reminds me of books about Nantucket where everyone seems to be packing lobster rolls for lunch and dinner. Is it even true?!
I hope you enjoy this amazing collection of salad ideas!