Reboot your lunch routine with these healthy salads that offer all the nutritional benefits of heaps of greens (reds and oranges, too), yet are satisfying and truly delicious. No matter which types of salads you crave, make sure to start with a healthy salad dressing, preferably one that’s homemade (psst, check out our vegan salad dressings). From there, your choices abound: Looking for vegetarian recipes? Want to make an (easy) weeknight dinner for the whole family? Planning on using your salad as a side dish to supplement your favorite seared pork recipes or even store-bought rotisserie chicken? We got you.
So what are the healthiest salads? You can choose a wide variety of veggies — the more colorful the better — to help ensure that you get an array of nutrients, and look for ones that are high in fiber, which will keep you feeling satisfied. Use creamy dressings sparingly, and make judicious use of cheese: pick more flavorful types, like feta or parm, that will pack a punch even with small amounts. Instead of croutons, try a handful of sunflower seeds or pepitas. Herbs are perfect for adding flavor without any fat, just make sure to give 'em a wash and dry (it's easy with a pick from our best salad spinners), especially if they're a little sandy.
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Roasting the squash and onions intensifies their sweetness without adding any extra sugar.
Makes this full-flavored salad even more of a meal by serving over sourdough toast.
Omitting the optional feta cheese means you could go full vegan with this taste-of-summer salad.
Serve the salad on its own for a protein-packed lunch or add seared salmon for a quick dinner.
For those days when you're extra hungry, but still need your greens.
A classic combo gets an update with a fragrant basil dressing.
With olives, hard-boiled egg, potatoes and green beans, this is a great make-ahead lunch you can pack on the go.
This gorgeous side salad uses dried apricots for a sweet and tangy accent.
Grilled nectarines for the win!
This is a crowd-pleasing lunch that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary preferences (meat lovers, you’ll love this too!).
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This elegant dinner salad can be on the table in 30 minutes!
Summer, on a plate! Serves sausages on the side, or not at all.
Beat the winter blues with this tropical salad reminiscent of a resort vacation.
This might be the prettiest side salad we've ever seen thanks to those edible flowers.
Colorful carrots are the star of this easy-to-make dish (with homemade green goddess dressing!).
Stack your salad with the dressing at the bottom and the greens at the top to avoid a sad and soggy desk lunch.
We're topping all of our salads with toasted hazelnuts from now on.
The combo of creamy cheese and avocado really complement the sharpness of the arugula.
Roasted veggies are the best way to bulk up your salad so you stay full longer.
The juicy, grilled plums add the right amount of sweetness to this filling lunch.
Get your crunch on with a nutty green bowl of goodness.
Yes, good salads can actually fill you up — this steak salad is no exception.
We strongly believe every salad should be 20% greens and 80% crunchy things.
Oh, you fancy huh? Pair this French salad with some crusty baguette and take yourself on a picnic.
Because avocado makes everything 100 times more delicious.
Speaking of crunchy things, these roasted chickpeas are an addictive topper. You might never go back to croutons.
Warm salads don't even feel like salads and we love that. Also, those hunks of blue cheese are a nice touch.
This salad gets topped with two juicy salmon patties, so you know it's going to be good.
Consider this your "everything but the kitchen sink" salad.
There's no shortage of flavor here — tangy, sweet, and extra crunchy.
This is pretty much the next best thing to feasting on a plate of wings.
If your coworkers start eyeing your desk, they're probably just jealous of your adorable (and delicious) lunch.
Put that can of tuna (and beans!) hiding in your pantry to work for a protein-packed meal flavored with fresh herbs.
Consider your next two dinners set. Make this BBQ salmon dish one night and the leftovers can go into this recipe the next day.
Some salads just deserve to be upgraded to an entrée. Make a meal out of this warm chicken orzo salad in just 30 minutes.
This kale salad comes fully loaded with sweet, glazed onions, dried cherries, pine nuts and cheese of course.