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3 Refreshing, Simple Salad Recipes

3 Refreshing, Simple Salad Recipes

The Culinary Content Network figures out how to make salads more interesting

What is for dinner? That's a question every home cook asks each week, and the members of the Culinary Content Network are always here to help. And this week, they're serving up some fantastic salad recipes to help you keep eating healthy.

Try this Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Celery from Rachel Gurk, author of the blog Rachel Cooks. Grapes add a burst of sweetness to every bite while the celery yields a pleasant crunch to keep this salad interesting. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Gurk)

The spiciness of fresh radish is balanced out with the addition of feta and lemon juice in this simple Radish and Feta Salad recipe from Sarah, who dishes out great recipes on Two Blue Lemons. (Photo courtesy of twobluelemons.com)

Although Thai Beef Salad is typically a bit of a chore for a weeknight recipe, Erin, author of Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts, makes it a practical option with a little help from the store. (Photo courtesy of dinnersdishesanddesserts.com)

Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.

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Whether you are looking for a plant-based meal or a protein-packed healthy bowl, we've compiled a list of mouth-watering healthy salad recipes that will complement a wide variety of palates. Jazz up your diet with these colorful, nutrient-packed combinations perfect for detox and speed up that goal of losing 10 pounds—just in time for spring!


Summer Salad Recipes

Salads are so light and refreshing in the summer. It’s the perfect meal when it’s hot outside and you don’t want to eat something heavy.

One of my favorite salads is strawberry spinach salad. Yum!

We have 15 delicious salads perfect for you to try this summer or this spring. There is something for everyone and lots of delicious salads to choose from.



3 Fresh and Delicious Salad Bowl Recipes for Summer

Tomato Basil Farro Salad Bowl with Creamy Basil Dressing

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup rice, champagne or white wine vinegar

1-1 ½ cups fresh basil

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

¼ teaspoon salt

1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, basil, honey, mustard, garlic, and salt in a small blender and puree until smooth. Store in a tightly sealed container inthe refrigerator.

1 cup farro

4 cups arugula

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (or use sun-dried if you prefer)

1 cup chickpeas or cannellini beans

1 cup quartered artichoke hearts

½ cup chopped roasted red pepper

1/3 cup crumbed feta cheese

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

1 cup steamed asparagus, optional

Fresh basil to garnish

1. Prepare the farro per package instructions set aside to cool.

2. Divide the arugula between four bowls. Top with farro, tomatoes, beans, artichokes, red pepper, feta, nuts, and asparagus.

3. Garnish with julienned basil. Serve with Creamy Basil Dressing.

Note: The Creamy Basil Dressing would make a lovely marinade served over grilled proteins like chicken, pork or shrimp. Its flavors also compliment the Zesty Noodle Bowl Salad and QuinoaGarden Salad.

Zesty Noodle Bowl with a Creamy Ginger Lime Dressing

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup rice or white wine vinegar

¼ cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients or shake in a canning jar to combine set aside.

4 ounces rice noodles, thin or pad Thai style*

4 cups sliced Napa cabbage

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

¾ cup sliced pepper

¾ cup cut cucumber

¾ cup grated or matchstick carrots

¾ cup edamame or peas

1 green onion, sliced

3 tablespoons chopped peanuts

1 avocado, sliced, optional

4 lime wedges

1. Prepare rice noodles per package instructions set aside to cool. *For ease, I prefer Thai Kitchen brand brown rice noodles that are pre-packed into two-ounce portions. Uncooked rice noodles are not easy to separate.

2. In a large bowl combine the cabbage, mint, basil and lime juice set aside. Divide the cabbage between four serving bowls and top with cooled rice noodles, pepper, cucumber, carrot, edamame, green onion, peanuts and avocado.

3. Serve with lime wedges and Creamy Ginger Lime Dressing.

Notes: Pickled vegetables would be a bright addition to the salad. Tossing the cabbage with extra lime juice, mint, and ginger gives it a lovely flavor before putting together the salad. If nut allergies are a concern, swap peanut butter for almond butter or tahini. Optional proteins include chicken larb or steamed or grilled shrimp.


25 Easy Recipes With Only 3 Ingredients

Cooking at home is usually healthier and cheaper than going out, but lingering pandemic complications make quick and easy recipes essential. Forget about hunting down a long list of ingredients and embrace the simplicity captured in the TikTok phenomenon of "Uunifetapasta" (the baked feta pasta dish the world went crazy for as 2021 rolled in) we've rounded up our favorite three-ingredient recipes — 25 of them, ranging from breakfast to dessert. As long as you have kitchen staples such as salt, pepper, and olive oil, these tasty recipes will be a breeze.


Quick Salad Recipes You Can Make for Dinner on Busy Weeknights

Whether you like steak in your salad or prefer a vegetarian meal, we've got you covered in the event that you'd like to make salad for dinner. These quick weeknight-ready salad recipes star all kinds of protein, many different types of salad leaves, a variety of other vegetables, and all kinds of tasty add-ins, from fresh herbs to tortilla chips to hard-boiled eggs. Simply put, we have a variety of delicious salad recipes that come together in a flash, which means there's always one you can make for a weeknight dinner.

When it comes to a meaty salad, beef can't be beaten. Our recipes make good use of cheaper cuts of steak, like flank, so you can have steak salad on a weeknight. Chicken is a favorite of families everywhere, and it's plain to see why: It's an easy-going protein that works so well in so many different salad recipes, including a straightforward grilled chicken salad to a many-layered taco salad. But think beyond the basics, too. We adore salmon with salad, as seen in the recipe here, and other types of fish&mdashboth fresh and canned. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options in our entrée salad recipes, including hearty mains that are bulked up with mushrooms, beans, and quinoa.

Romaine, baby spinach, arugula, and butter lettuce are just a few of the many greens available all year round, which means you can have a fresh, satisfying salad for dinner during any season. We do have salad recipes specifically for winter, though. One test-kitchen tip is to use roasted vegetables&mdashthey are a really good addition to salad when the weather is cold and your favorite tomatoes aren't as tasty as they are in the peak of summer.

Some say the dressing makes the salad. We're not entirely sure we agree with that, but we do agree that dressing can take a salad from good to great. And the options are endless creamy buttermilk, warm tomato vinaigrette, tropical dressings with pineapple, and Asian-accented dressings made with fish sauce and lime juice&mdashthey're all here, paired with the right combination of vegetables, leaves, and proteins to make your dinnertime salad routine a snap.


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Summer Salad Recipes That You're Going To Want To Make Over And Over Again

A freshly prepared, delicious salad for lunch hits differently. Especially one that's jam-packed with all kinds of seasonal flavours (Mandarin Orange Salad, Avocado Chicken Salad, Greek Orzo Salad - the list goes on). And since many of us are working from home, or trying to improve our lunch-game, we've decided to pull together a selection of insanely-easy summer salads for you to give a go. For the ultimate summer inspiration, take a look out our best-tasting summer salad recipes now.

This Lebanese (or Syrian, depending who you ask 😉) salad is sure to improve whatever it's paired with. Bright, fresh herbs get friendly with sweet tomatoes and a sharp lemon dressing to create the salad equivalent of a breath of fresh air.

This classic tuna pasta salad is so tasty and keeps really well in the fridge, perfect for batch cooked lunches.

We cannot get enough of this Thai Beef Salad recipe. It's the perfect combination of sweet, sour and salty, and it uses gorgeously cooked rump steak as its main ingredient.

When it comes to summer salads, this one takes the cake. The mandarin oranges give it a burst of freshness while the Parmesan gives it a bite of sharpness and nuttiness. Its homemade poppy seed vinaigrette (super-simple!) is unbelievably addicting and takes this salad to the next level. Keep the extra vinaigrette in the fridge and use it on everything! Add some simple grilled chicken to turn this salad into a meal.


This winter salad with peak season bitter greens, salami, and crispy chickpeas is hearty enough on its own, but not so over-the-top that you can’t also pair it with pasta for dinner.

This salad puts all the best textures on a spoon: crisp, raw broccoli chewy, sticky dates and crunchy toasted pistachios. The ras-el-hanout, a Moroccan spice blend featuring aromatic and warm spices, adds a smoky depth to the bright citrusy dressing, which soaks into the broccoli as it sits. Don’t have ras-el-hanout? Garam masala, baharat, or curry powder will also work. And if you’re a meal prepper, this is a great make-ahead salad—it only gets better with a little time.


Crab Salad Recipe (Plain)

This recipe is great just as-is. When serving plain, you can serve on lettuce leaves or individual glass dishes (Martini glasses are really pretty if you want to be fancy with it). You can easily dress this recipe up or down depending on what you are serving. This crab salad recipe can also be used as a dip on crackers, along with pasta in a pasta salad, or as a delicious sandwich filling.

Crab Salad Dip

I LOVE crab salad as a dip. If you are making it as a dip you will want to chop the crab up into smaller pieces (so it can fit on a cracker). We like serving it with club crackers or Ritz crackers. We also like using the whole-grain “Food Should Taste Good” chips that you can get at Costco.

Crab Pasta Salad

This is much like our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe. You can either make our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and add imitation crab meat OR you can make this recipe and add a cup or two of cooked your favorite shaped pasta. This is a great side dish for potlucks or neighborhood BBQs. It is also a great side-dish for simple weeknight meals to serve along with sandwiches, wraps, or burgers.

Crab Salad Sandwiches

Crab salad sandwiches are a great alternative to tuna sandwiches. I love serving the crab salad on Hawaiian rolls because they are so soft and slightly sweet. These are great for quick lunches, snacks, or even as appetizers.