Salad gets a bad reputation as being just a big boring bowl of lettuce. We say that’s an unfair characterization because salad can be so much more than just a big boring bowl of lettuce. From juicy and sweet fruit salad to tangy and flavorful chopped Caprese salad, here are some of our favorite easy salad recipes (no boring bowls of lettuce – promise).
Easy Chopped Salad Recipes
Some things are better bite-sized, and that’s how we feel about chopped salads. There are so many different kinds…
of chopped salads, it’s hard to choose a favorite! Here are some standouts.
Chopped Caprese Salad
Packed full of classic Italian and Mediterranean flavors, like tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar, this chopped Caprese salad recipe should be made and eaten often. Simply place fresh diced tomatoes, cubed fresh mozzarella, and chopped fresh basil together in a bowl and mix. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and let simmer until reduced to a syrupy consistency. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to the tomato mixture and top with the balsamic reduction. This delicious chopped Caprese salad would be great as either a side dish or a main dish!
BLT Chopped Salad
All BLT lovers rejoice – this BLT salad is just as delicious and filling as the iconic sandwich itself, and making it is easy! Chop both butter lettuce and baby arugula as small as you’d like and place in a large salad bowl. Add one pint of quartered cherry tomatoes, one cup sweet corn, and chopped avocado. Top with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lime juice and toss mixture to coat. After everything is well-mixed, fold in crumbled bacon and feta cheese. Add this fantastic and easy meal for your arsenal!
Chopped Winter Squash Salad With Butternut Squash
Salads don’t have to be eaten in the summer! This tasty chopped winter salad with butternut squash, kale, and lemon-y honey dressing may change your mind on salads altogether. Combine massaged and chopped kale, carrots, cooked butternut squash, canned beets, feta cheese, and chopped pecans together in a large salad bowl. To make the dressing, whisk together three tablespoons and equal parts apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle salad with dressing and gently toss to coat. To soften the kale leaves even further, refrigerate salad one hour before serving. This winter salad is a deliciously satisfying and nutritious combination of veggies and sure to be a hit at mealtime.
Healthy Salad Recipes
Healthy… salad? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Yes and no. Healthy and salads are not mutually exclusive, so here are some bonafide healthy salad recipes for your perusal.
Easy Chopped Detox Salad
After a particularly indulgent meal, this easy detox salad can help get you back on the right track. To make it, finely chop kale, romaine lettuce, red onion, yellow bell pepper, and grated carrots and radishes. Place ingredients in a large salad bowl and top with slivered almonds. To make the dressing, combine fresh lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and fresh cilantro in a food processor. Pulse until dressing is fully emulsified, and pour over salad and toss to combine. This simple salad only takes fifteen minutes or less to throw together and tastes so fresh and nutritious!
Superfood Detox Salad
Loaded with healthy ingredients like blueberries, broccoli, and fresh greens, this superfood detox green salad is as tasty as it is nutritious. In a large salad bowl, combine a bag of pre-washed kale and spinach salad mix, sliced English cucumber, sliced radishes, chopped broccoli, blueberries, sliced grape tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced almonds, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with green goddess salad dressing and toss to coat. Delicious and nutritious (and entirely vegan)!
Easy Salad Recipes for Kids
It can be tough to ensure your kids are eating their veggies, but not with these kid-tested and approved salad recipes! Try them out for dinner tonight and await their rave reviews.
Kids Favorite Broccoli Apple Salad
Your kids will be fighting for seconds of this easy and tasty broccoli apple salad! To make this kid-friendly salad, dice apples and combine with a bag of broccoli slaw in a large bowl. Toss with light poppyseed salad dressing and top with dried cranberries and sliced almonds. You can add grilled chicken or chicken salad to make it a complete meal, too!
Brainy Breakfast Salad for Kids
This tasty salad is quick and easy to make in the mornings before school. Packed with nutritious and filling ingredients, it will fuel your kids all morning! Begin by peeling and chopping an apple. Place the diced apple in a bowl with a drop of water and microwave for one minute. Stir and microwave for thirty seconds longer. Allow apple to cool while prepping the other ingredients. In a small bowl, mix honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Drain any leftover water from the bowl of apples and add chopped avocado to the bowl. Drizzle the honey sauce over the avocado and apples, and top with raisins and walnuts. Serve with a hard boiled egg as a balanced breakfast.