26 Mouthwatering Salads Everyone Will Want to Eat

It's true: Even people who think they don't love veggies will find a salad they'll crave in this collection.

March 10, 2022

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Fill Up on Veggies

Whether they’re eaten as a starter, a side or the main course, salads are undeniably satisfying. You can choose to go a healthier route, with grilled meats and good-for-you veggies, or opt for something more reminiscent of a diner favorite (think cheeses, croutons and all the deli meats). Perhaps the one thing we love most about salads is how customizable they truly are — you can always change the greens (think, kale, arugula, spinach and more) and other ingredients or dressing to satisfy your cravings! But when we're in the mood for a classic Caesar salad, we always turn to our best recipe, which is also the most traditional version. That means it's time to bring out the anchovies and eggs — and don't skimp on quality Parmesan cheese. We even included garlicky homemade croutons to balance the tangy dressing.

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Ghanaian Salad

You can find two versions of Ghanaian salad, and both are very simple to make at home. The usual ingredient in the vegetarian style are lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, onions and baked beans. The non-vegetarian salad includes cooked canned corned beef or cook canned sardines. This recipe is for a traditional vegetarian version — with added avocado. Whatever style you prefer, a creamy mayonnaise-based dressing is a must.

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Cape Cod Chopped Salad

Ina’s arugula salad features a half-cup of dried cranberries, a sweet-tart nod to Cape Cod, as well as toasted walnuts, a chopped apple and crumbled blue cheese.

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Warm crispy bacon is the star of this simple spinach salad. We upped the ante with tender mushrooms, fresh red onion and hard-boiled eggs for a hearty salad your whole family can enjoy.

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Grilled Watermelon Salad with Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette

Brushing thick slices of watermelon with Kardea’s honey-and-hot-sauce-infused vinaigrette before grilling will give the sweet fruit more flavor than you ever imagined. Serve it atop arugula, with fresh berries, blue cheese, pecans and more.

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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Baby spinach, toasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese tossed with a basic vinaigrette — this might sound like a simple salad, but fans cannot stop raving about its elegant results.

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Cobb Salad

That classic combo of chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes and avocado over salad greens never gets old, especially when it’s tossed with a rich homemade blue cheese dressing.

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Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

This tangy dressing, enriched with flavorful bacon drippings, is great over any hearty green but is especially tasty with sweet spinach. Add grilled chicken or salmon and call it a meal.

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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.

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Romaine Salad with Breadcrumbs and Simple Dressing

Fans call Molly’s 20-minute salad “simple and super yummy,” and we feel the need to add “smart” to that description: She toasts panko breadcrumbs with butter in a skillet for amazing crunch and flavor! Romaine, a lemony homemade dressing and shaved Parmesan complete the meal.

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Perfect Spinach Salad

Ree likes to top her delicious spinach salad with cooked ingredients, think peppered bacon bits, hard-boiled eggs and caramelized mushrooms.

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Kale Caesar Salad

Turn day-old Italian bread into garlicky, golden-brown croutons. They’ll add irresistible crunch and flavor to this kale salad.

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Cobb-Wedge Salad Kit

The next time you’re trying to choose between a cobb salad and a wedge salad, don’t! Ree has the perfect solution with this recipe, made hearty with ingredients like cubed ham, hard-boiled eggs, diced avocados and edamame.

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Classic Nicoise Salad

This 5-star French salad comes complete with tuna, hard-cooked eggs, olives, and lots and lots of veggies, so you won’t have to worry about being left hungry!

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Caesar Salad

Use a blender to mix the Caesar dressing ingredients to thick, creamy perfection. The minced anchovy fillets are optional, but they help add a deeper, saltier taste.

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Greek Salad

No Greek restaurant in your neighborhood? No worries! Now you can make an incredible Greek salad at home in just 20 minutes, complete with an oregano-spiced dressing.

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Romaine Wedge Salad

Ree’s homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, loaded with Cheddar and bacon, is so good you’ll want it on a whole lot more than just this salad.

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Classic Caesar Salad

Meet the classic Caesar salad recipe you’ve been waiting for — some fans say it’s so good you’ll feel like you’re eating at an upscale restaurant.

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Chef's Salad

While the ingredients fill this salad with delicious flavor, how you arrange them makes it truly one-of-a-kind: Place the cheese, meats, eggs and avocado like the spokes of a wheel on top of each salad for the best presentation.

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Romaine Salad with Bacon Fat Dressing

Molly’s warm bacon fat dressing — filled with flavor from red wine vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard — is the ultimate upgrade for hearts of romaine.

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Spinach, Pear and Chicken Salad

Gruyère, a pear and almonds make this dish feel fancy without breaking the bank.

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Grilled Cobb Wedge

Boasting all of the ingredients you know and love in a cobb salad — iceberg lettuce, crispy bacon and crumbled blue cheese — this version also promises a bold smoky flavor, thanks to the lettuce taking a quick spin on the grill.

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BLT Sandwich Salad

The next time you’re hungry for a BLT, skip the bread slices and reach for the romaine. We have a feeling Sunny’s homemade croutons and brown sugar-sweetened bacon will make you forget all about the sandwich idea.

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Massaged Kale Salad

Kale can be a bit dense and chewy, which is why it’s important to “massage” the kale (it’ll help break down the fibers in the leaves). And all you need for this process is lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Add diced mango, toasted pepitas and a honey-infused dressing for 5-star results.

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Tex-Mex Salad

Make a dressing of sour cream, lime juice, sugar and salt, then toss with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese.

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Crunchy Iceberg Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese

This recipe should come with a warning; once you know how easy it is to make Ina’s creamy four-ingredient blue cheese dressing, you’ll want it on everything!

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