50 Quick & Easy Salad Recipes for Busy Nights

Your vegetable-loaded dinner will be ready in just minutes with these creative and delicious recipes.

June 8, 2017
Thai Turkey Salad
Mitch Mandel

You can load up on vegetables from your farmer's market and have dinner ready in just minutes when you opt for any of these healthy and simple salad recipes. 

More: 25 Quick & Easy Recipes For Weeknight Pasta Dinners

For your busiest nights, reach for these 50 quick and easy salad recipes (and make your own homemade salad dressings) to get started: 

carrot feta almond salad
Con Poulos
Carrot, Feta & Almond Salad

Just choose your favorite in-season herbs (and those leftover veggies in your fridge) and this salad is ready to eat!

Get the Carrot, Feta & Almond Salad recipe from Scratch

KaleSalad
Mitch Mandel
Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This is the perfect salad. It's high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and even electrolytes, such as potassium. Plus it's low in calories, and it's yummy! 

Get the Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette recipe from What Doctors Eat

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Thai Noodle Salad With Peanut Sauce
Mitch Mandel
Thai Noodle Salad With Peanut Sauce

Since most Thai dishes are made with wheat noodles, it's not often that we get to indulge in the spicy and peanut-flavored dish without also giving in to some gluten. 

Get the Thai Noodle Salad With Peanut Sauce recipe from Wheat Belly Cookbook

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Christopher Testani
Salad With Blood Oranges and Pomegranate Seeds

If there's anything that goes perfectly with pizza, aside from freshly ground parmesan cheese and perhaps some cracked red pepper flakes, it's most definitely salad. A little burst of pomegranate is the perfect compliment to this citrus salad.

Get the Salad With Blood Oranges and Pomegranate Seeds recipe from Truly Madly Pizza

Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing
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Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Kale alone is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with nearly 3 grams of protein and 2.3 grams of fiber per serving. Plus, it's a super-healthy alternative to lettuce. Our tip? Double the batch and use it another day drizzled over roasted vegetables.

Get the Kale Salad with Toasted Chickpeas and Lemon-Tahini Dressing recipe from 5 Pounds

 
 
Can't Beet This Salad
Mitch Mandel
Can't Beet This Salad

Not only does the addition of grapefruit satisfy your daily vitamin C needs with 120 percent in a one-cup serving, but the sweet beets also have nitrate, which helps lower blood pressure. Bonus: The salad stays low-calorie using the juice from the grapefruit and beets as the dressing. 

Get the Can't Beet This Salad recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

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Kale Salad With Zesty Lemon Dressing

A kale salad so good, even the kids will love it! 

Get the Kale Salad With Zesty Lemon Dressing recipe from Scratch

Corn, Black Bean, and Edamame Salad
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Corn, Black Bean, and Edamame Salad

A veggie-loaded recipe that'll last you a couple solid days for lunch.

Get the Corn, Black Bean, and Edamame Salad recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

 
 
Spinach-Avocado Caesar Salad
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Spinach-Avocado Caesar Salad

Caesar salad seems to go with everything, and this version, which uses folate-rich spinach instead of the typical romaine is no exception.

Get the Spinach-Avocado Caesar Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

5-Bean Salad
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5-Bean Salad

Here's a potluck favorite that's quick to put together. Look for Peppadews in the olive bar at your grocery. They're about the size of a cherry pepper, only much sweeter.

Get the 5-Bean Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Sliced Fennel and Beet with Shrimp
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Sliced Fennel and Beet with Shrimp

Raw beets may be new to some folks, but give them a try. Crisp and sweet, these colorful veggies are delicious raw—try slicing or shredding in the food processor, which keeps your hands clean.

Get the Sliced Fennel and Beet with Shrimp recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

 
 
Fingerling Potato Salad
Mitch Mandel
Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Mustard-Anchovy Dressing

The anchovies don't make this creamy dressing taste fishy, but they do add a complex savory flavor that makes this salad addictive. If you've had a traditional, freshly made Caesar dressing, which also contains anchovies, this is the same idea at play.

Get the Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Mustard-Anchovy Dressing recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Tropical Chickpea Salad
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Tropical Chickpea Salad

"This is based on sundal, a comfort food from my childhood in India," says P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD. "It also happens to fight the plaque buildup that can damage blood vessels in the brain."

Get the Tropical Chickpea Salad recipe from What Doctors Eat

Fruit and Walnut Spinach Salad
Mitch Mandel
Fruit and Walnut Spinach Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Fruit, greens, nuts, and vegetables combine to make this sweet and tart salad recipe that'll hit every craving. 

Get the Fruit and Walnut Spinach Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Warm Tomato, Olive, and Arugula Salad
Mitch Mandel
Warm Tomato, Olive, and Arugula Salad

Juicy tomatoes, salty olives, and peppery arugula make for a flavor-packed salad. Pair it with a cup of soup or fresh baguette for a complete meal.

Get the Warm Tomato, Olive, and Arugula Salad recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

steak and peach salad
Mitch Mandel
Steak and Peach Salad

Meaty steak, juicy peaches, and a cocoa and chili infused dressing may seem like an unusual combination, but they provide an irresistible mix of textures and flavors that balance each other perfectly. With 2 grams of fat per ounce, flank is one of the leaner steak options, and it's rich in muscle-building protein and iron.

Get the Steak and Peach Salad recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Couscous and Chickpea Salad
Mitch Mandel
Couscous and Chickpea Salad

The fluffy couscous salad will keep you full long past lunchtime, and the recipe can easily last you for the entire week. 

Get the Couscous and Chickpea Salad recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

 
 
Thai Turkey Salad
Mitch Mandel
Thai Turkey Salad

Healthy turkey is cooked in coconut oil in this simple, but tasty, salad recipe. The addition of spinach, bell peppers, and herbs make it even more summer-ready. 

Get the Thai Turkey Salad recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Gazpacho Chicken Salad
Mitch Mandel
Gazpacho Chicken Salad

Inspired by the chilled Spanish soup, this vegetable-packed salad contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that runners need to recover. Tossing in chicken boosts the protein content, while peaches add a hint of sweetness.

Get the Gazpacho Chicken Salad recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Shrimp and Asparagus Salad with Carrot Dressing
Mitch Mandel
Shrimp and Asparagus Salad with Carrot Dressing

Rich in complex carbs, whole grain bulgur is the perfect addition to any salad the night before a long run. Shrimp is low in fat and calories but provides plenty of protein and selenium, an antioxidant that may help protect against cell-damaging oxidative stress linked to exercise.

Get the Shrimp and Asparagus Salad with Carrot Dressing recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

 
 
Asian Chicken and Walnut Salad
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Asian Chicken and Walnut Salad

"I love a large tossed salad with dark greens, fruit, nuts, and chicken or tuna," syas Wayne Wescott, PhD. "It's a good mix of fiber and protein in a single tasty bowl."

Get the Asian Chicken and Walnut Salad recipe from What Doctors Eat

Nasturtium Salad
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Nasturtium Salad

The yuzu is a member of the citrus family. It looks like a very small and somewhat lumpy grapefruit. It is not eaten as a fruit, but its juice—which is very tart and aromatic—is used the way lemon juice would be. In fact, if you can't find yuzu juice (look in Asian markets), use lemon juice in this recipe.

Get the Nasturtium Salad recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

Spring Lettuces with Strawberries and Feta
Mitch Mandel
Spring Lettuces with Strawberries and Feta

Any type of fresh, young, spring lettuces or greens will work well in this recipe. Frozen edamame is a convenient way to add protein, but if you can find fresh, in-season peas or fava beans they would make a delicious substitute. Any leftover dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use it on salad greens, potato salad, or pasta salad.

Get the Spring Lettuces with Strawberries and Feta recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

 
 
Watermelon Salad with Warm Basil Oil
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Watermelon Salad with Warm Basil Oil

Nothing's more refreshing on a hot summer day than biting into a sweet, juicy slice of ripe watermelon. And nothing goes better with watermelon than basil. Don't believe us? Try this simple recipe straight up, or chopped up to create a cool summertime salsa.

Get the Watermelon Salad with Warm Basil Oil recipe from Guy Gourmet

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Kathryne Taylor
Mexican Roasted Veggie Bowl with Beer Beans

This is a meal you can enjoy in sweatpants on the couch, or serve for a casual get-together with chips and guacamole.

Get the Mexican Roasted Veggie Bowl with Beer Beans recipe from Love Real Food

Avocado, Mango, and Shrimp Salad with Miso Dressing
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Avocado, Mango, and Shrimp Salad with Miso Dressing

Tropical fruits, crisp greens, and spicy shrimp come together in this quick salad dinner recipe. 

Get the Avocado, Mango, and Shrimp Salad with Miso Dressing recipe from What Doctors Eat

 
 
Hearty Chicken Panzanella
Mitch Mandel
Hearty Chicken Panzanella

This hearty lunch salad brings together summer vegetables, a bright Dijon-caper vinaigrette, juicy grilled chicken, and chunks of toasted multigrain bread. Pack it for a picnic!

Get the Hearty Chicken Panzanella recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean: The Diet

Chicken Waldorf Salad
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Chicken Waldorf Salad

The classic protein-packed salad gets a healthy treatment with the addition of an oil, vinegar, and pepper dressing.

Get the Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

Baby Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan
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Baby Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan

Not a fan of the flavor-packed leafy green? Baby arugula has all the flavors of the grown-up version, but is a little less pungent.

Get the Baby Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Spinach, Berry, and Goat Cheese Salad
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Spinach, Berry, and Goat Cheese Salad

"This salad is packed with carotenoids, anthocyanins, and vitamin C, which protect your skin and your entire body," says Adnan Nasir, MD. "The toasted walnuts and goat cheese make it a filling meal."

Get the Spinach, Berry, and Goat Cheese Salad recipe from What Doctors Eat

Spinach-Cranberry Salad
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Spinach-Cranberry Salad

Combine the spinach, onion, and cranberries. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the greens and toss to coat. Top with the goat cheese and walnuts. That's it. 

Get the Spinach-Cranberry Salad recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Middle Eastern Chopped Salad
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Middle Eastern Chopped Salad

Even salad skeptics will be won over by the fresh flavors in this amazing multitextured dish.

Get the Middle Eastern Chopped Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

 
 
Asian Chicken Salad
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Asian Chicken Salad

You just needs some greens, chicken, rice, oranges, and dressing, and top the whole thing with almonds and you're ready to serve. 

Get the Asian Chicken Salad recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

Thai Beef Salad With Mint
Mitch Mandel
Thai Beef Salad With Mint

"This is a superflavorful pile of greens topped by just a few slices of freshly grilled, juicy steak," says Runner's World contributing food writer Mark Bittman. "I could eat this every day."

Get the Thai Beef Salad With Mint recipe from Runner's World Cookbook

Arugula Salad with Zucchini
Mitch Mandel
Arugula Salad with Zucchini Ribbons

No need for regular pasta noodles. These zucchini noodles ("zoodles") will do the trick. 

Get the Arugula Salad with Zucchini Ribbons recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Turkey-Avocado Cobb Salad
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Turkey-Avocado Cobb Salad

Spinach, topped with turkey, bacon, avocados, tomatoes, and cheese, will make for the ideal lunch or dinner salad. For the whole family, we promise. 

Get the Turkey-Avocado Cobb Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

avocado black bean salad
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Avocado With Black Bean Salad

Call them "stuffed avocados," if you will. These avocado boats are filled with fiber-giving black beans to give you a nutritional lift. 

Get the Avocado With Black Bean Salad recipe from Lose Weight the Smart Low‑Carb Way

Pan-Seared Scallop Salad
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Pan-Seared Scallop Salad

This light dinner is elegant and delicious. Peppery pan-seared scallops rest on a bed of vegetables and mixed lettuce. A low-fat lime vinaigrette gives the dish refreshing flavor.

Get the Pan-Seared Scallop Salad recipe from Prevention's Health Guaranteed Cookbook

 
 
Warm Zucchini Salad
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Warm Zucchini Salad

Pull out your vegetable peeler or mandoline for this carb-less zucchini salad that's ideal for summer cookouts. 

Get the Warm Zucchini Salad recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Chopped Chicken Salad
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Chopped Chicken Salad

This isn't your typical mayo-coated chicken salad. Instead, this recipes uses a combination of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and a spice blend to deliver the same flavor but with a fraction of the fat and calories. 

Get the Chopped Chicken Salad recipe from Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Pea, Tuna and Tomato Rotini Salad

Pasta, tuna, and fresh vegetables are all you need for this refreshing dish that can serve as a side salad or a full dish. 

Get the Pea, Tuna and Tomato Rotini Salad recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Massaged Kale Avocado Salad
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Massaged Kale Avocado Salad

Even kale skeptics will appreciate this simple leafy green salad. The harshness of the kale is literally massaged away, so you can enjoy it and all of its benefits.

Get the Massaged Kale Avocado Salad recipe from Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Sirloin Steak Salad with Avocado
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Sirloin Steak Salad with Avocado

The avocado-spinach salad includes a topping of steak, crisp vegetables, and just a touch of lemon juice. 

Get the Sirloin Steak Salad with Avocado recipe from Love Your Lower Body

Apple and Blue Cheese Salad
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Apple and Blue Cheese Salad

Need more fiber with lunch or dinner? Top each with apple slices, blue cheese, and walnuts and sprinkle with ground flaxseeds.

Get the Apple and Blue Cheese Salad recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

 
 
Spinach and Grapefruit Salad with Wheat Berries and Grilled Chicken
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Spinach and Grapefruit Salad with Wheat Berries and Grilled Chicken

The tart grapefruit will mix with the grilled chicken and crunch wheat berries for an iron-filled recipe. 

Get the Spinach and Grapefruit Salad with Wheat Berries and Grilled Chicken recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

Tomato Cucumber Salad
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Tomato Cucumber Salad

Two of your favorite summer vegetables combine in this garden-fresh side salad that can easily sit beside any grilling menu.

Get the Tomato Cucumber Salad recipe from Turn Up Your Fat Burn!

Beet, Apple and Walnut Salad
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Beet, Apple and Walnut Salad

Wearing gloves while peeling and shredding beets will keep the juice from staining your hands. For a more decorative presentation, the walnuts can be sprinkled on top of the finished salad instead of stirred in.

Get the Beet, Apple and Walnut Salad recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook 

 
 
Grilled Caesar Salad
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Grilled Caesar Salad

Goes great with steak and grilled seafood. To make the salad a meal, add grilled chicken breast cut into bite-size chunks.

Get the Grilled Caesar Salad recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

Mexican Chopped Salad
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Mexican Chopped Salad

This recipe serves 4, but if you'd like to have just 1 or 2 servings, you can prepare the full recipe of the dressing and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Then just halve the salad ingredients.

Get the Mexican Chopped Salad recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

Spinach Salad With Pears, Pecans, And Goat Cheese
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Spinach Salad With Pears, Pecans, And Goat Cheese

This is a lovely salad for fall, when ripe, luscious pears are widely available. During other times of the year, strawberries, melon, or apple make suitable stand-ins.

Get the Spinach Salad With Pears, Pecans, And Goat Cheese recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

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