Layered Salads for Every Season

Use seasonal produce for these filling dinner salads tailored for winter, spring, summer and fall. Plus, an evergreen salad to whip up anytime.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Up Your Salad Game    

These salads from Food Network Kitchen prove dinnerworthy with layers of greens, seasonal vegetables, protein and crunch. Get inspired by the season, or make a layered take on the classic wedge that's a crowd-pleaser any time of year. 

Winter Layered Salad with Beets and Brussels Sprouts

Layered is the new chopped! Winter's best vegetables go vertical for this colorful salad. The tender-chewy barley can be swapped out for your favorite whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa. 

Get the Recipe: Winter Layered Salad with Beets and Brussels Sprouts

Winter Salad Ingredients

Walnuts, barley, pink grapefruit, mesclun mixed greens, Brussels sprouts, beets, pomegranate seeds, Dijon vinaigrette

Spring Layered Salad with Asparagus and Buttermilk Dressing

Food Network Kitchen stacked spring's best produce and finished it with a Parmesan-buttermilk dressing (which you can also use on any nonvertical salad). If peas are more your thing, swap them out for the asparagus. You could also add a layer of leftover potato salad, because ... why not?

Get the Recipe: Spring Layered Salad with Asparagus and Buttermilk Dressing

Spring Salad Ingredients

Red onion, radishes, Parmesan-buttermilk dressing, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, freeze-dried snap peas, arugula, almonds, hard-boiled eggs

Summer Layered Salad with Grilled Chicken and Tomato Vinaigrette

Here is the best of summer stacked in a salad. Though a lot of the ingredients are grilled, you can cook them simultaneously and pull them off as they finish. Just make sure to have your tools organized before you hit the flame. The tomato vinaigrette is creamy, sharp and sweet. Make it all summer long as your go-to salad dressing.

Get the Recipe: Summer Layered Salad with Grilled Chicken and Tomato Vinaigrette

Summer Salad Ingredients

Tomatoes, cayenne, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, honey, corn, basil, sourdough bread, romaine, feta, chicken breasts, zucchini

Autumn Layered Salad with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

For this fall-inspired salad, take the season's bounty and pile it high. Two important takeaways: 1. The pecan vinaigrette is so good you'll want to make it all the time and use it everywhere — nonvertical salads included. 2. Massaging hearty greens to tenderize them works on more than just kale, as these collards make clear. Sweet potato chips stand in for croutons and add the perfect amount of crunch.

Get the Recipe: Autumn Layered Salad with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Autumn Salad Ingredients

Deli ham, apples, sweet potato chips, quinoa, butternut squash, pecans, piquante peppers, parsley, collard greens, goat cheese, honey-Dijon dressing

Any Season: Layered Blue Cheese, Bacon and Iceberg Salad 

What's better than a classic wedge? One that's stacked with all the usual suspects, plus some new friends. Carrots add just the right amount of color and root-veggie crunchiness. You can toss the salad with ranch or French dressing if you don't have blue cheese on hand.

Get the Recipe: Layered Blue Cheese, Bacon and Iceberg Salad

Layered Blue Cheese Salad Ingredients

Iceberg lettuce, black olives, red onion, bacon, croutons, carrots, tomatoes, blue cheese dressing

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