This time of the year I love a good salad. When it is over 90 degrees out I have no desire to eat something hot, instead a good salad sounds amazing! Don’t get me wrong, I love a simple salad but I am also always looking for a creative salad to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Creative toppings, creative dressings, creative goodness!! Check out these delicious, colorful and creative salad recipes that you will love!
45 Creative Salad Recipes
Spinach Salad + Homemade French Dressing by Building Our Story – A lovely bed of spinach topped with eggs, bacon and oranges drizzled with a homemade french style dressing. A perfect salad to share with friends and family.
Apple and Carrot Salad by The Staten Island Family – Kid approved and only 2 WW points salad! A family favorite with minimal work and ingredients.
Mustard-Marinated Kale Salad by Eat Move Make – This mustard-marinated kale salad with caramelized onions and spicy chickpeas is fantastic! Every bite of this delicious, good-for-you salad will make your taste buds sing.
Roasted Carrot and Brown Rice Salad by The Organic Kitchen Blog – This salad has everything! Sweet roasted carrots, nutty brown rice, spicy pepitas all on a bed of greens dressed with white balsamic.
Asian Coconut Grilled Chicken Salad by Recipes From A Pantry – This Coconut Grilled Chicken Salad is the perfect summertime meal. The whole family will love this colorful salad topped with juicy, moist coconut lime chicken and a tangy Asian salad dressing.
Easy Southern Grape Salad by Recipes From A Pantry – This family favorite Southern Grape Salad requires only 10 minutes of prep and a few ingredients to whip up! It is creamy, crunchy and a great side dish that doubles as dessert for Potlucks, BBQ, meal trains and summer evenings.
Easy Brussels Sprouts Salad by Brooklyn Active Mama – A super easy Brussels Sprouts salad that features pecans, bacon and yummy feta cheese. This will be your new favorite Brussels Sprouts recipe!
Green Salad with Oranges, Fennel & Avocado by Celebrations At Home Blog – This green salad with oranges, fennel & avocado is delicious, with an easy cherry vinaigrette. It’s the perfect appetizer salad to add to any dinner menu.
Easy Black Bean and Corn Salad by Eat Plant Based – When I need a quick crowd-pleasing dish that doesn’t require any cooking, my first go-to is this simple Black Bean and Corn Salad recipe.
Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad by Building Our Story – This Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad is a family favorite. My mom and I both love getting this salad when going to Applebee’s so I decided to try to recreate this delicious and filling recipe. This salad is made with Crispy Fried Chicken, Cabbage, Romaine, Sliced Almonds, Carrot, and Crunchy Chow Mein and tossed in a flavorful homemade Oriental Dressing.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad by What A Girl Eats – Mediterranean quinoa salad is a wonderfully healthy side dish or meatless main meal. Tender quinoa is tossed with fresh basil pesto, artichokes, Kalamata olives, and cherry tomatoes.
Classic Apple Waldorf Salad by Momskoop – Our Apple Waldorf Salad is full of apples, walnuts, celery, and grapes. This classic fruit and nut salad is great any time of the year!
Ultimate Cowboy Caviar by A Hundred Affections – If you’re looking for a perfect dish for a summer cookout or any get-together any time of the year, you need to make Cowboy Caviar! It’s perfect as a salad, salsa or side dish plus there are endless ways to eat it! Cowboy Caviar is a Tex-Mex mix of black beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, corn with a lime-cilantro dressing! It is crazy good! And super-easy to make! Healthy, clean, delicious.
Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Spinach Salad by Cook At Home Mom – It’s a big deal when the salad steals the show, and this is one of those times! This Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Spinach Salad is a really delicious, crowd pleasing gluten free appetizer or side dish, tossed with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Ultimate Burger Cobb Salad by Sweetpea Lifestyle – Burger Cobb Salad is the ULTIMATE salad filled with all the low carb things a burger needs. Little tiny cheeseburgers are lined up with all the burger fixings you need to enjoy a delicious burger night with friends!
Lentil Salad by Vegan On Board – This colourful lentil salad is full of fresh, raw veggies and packed with protein.
Israeli Couscous Salad by Beyond The Chicken Coop – This delicious couscous salad is filled with spinach, cherry tomatoes and red onions and is topped with a light orange vinaigrette. This is a perfect dish to serve at a potluck or take on a picnic.
Detox Salad by Lemons For Lulu – The detox salad is loaded with veggies, seeds, and fruit and then drizzled with a tangy tahini dressing. A healthy salad like this will only do your body good! Adding this salad to your diet will having you feeling good from the inside out!
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad by Salads For Lunch – This cilantro lime chickpea salad has buttery chickpeas, summer fresh corn, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and a homemade cilantro lime dressing. It’s the perfect summer salad for a potluck barbecue!
Tortellini Caprese Salad by Our Crafty Mom – This tortellini Caprese pasta salad is hearty enough to serve for lunch and it also makes a great presentation.
Mexican Quinoa Salad by Curry Trail – This Mexican quinoa salad will blow you away with all Mexican flavors to it. It’s loaded with veggies and dressed in the simplest salad dressing – cumin lime dressing.
Citrus Summer Salad by Salt and Baker – Summer means fresh fruit and salads for me, especially when it includes this Citrus Summer Salad! We drizzle a citrus vinaigrette overtop fresh lettuce greens, chopped fruit, and nuts. And let me tell you, the dressing is amazing. It has hints of sweetness from the fresh orange juice with a subtle tanginess to it.
Chickpea Salad with Feta by Sizzling Eats – A light and delicious chickpea salad made with simple, fresh, and inexpensive ingredients. This quick side dish is ready in under 5 minutes!
Broccoli Caesar Salad by Salt and Baker – This dish features a homemade salad dressing tossed with raw broccoli, shredded cabbage, and shaved parmesan.
Italian Sub Pasta Salad by Simple Nourished Living – This easy pasta salad provides all the flavors of an Italian sub with a lot less fat and fewer calories. Great for make ahead lunches or dinners. Perfect for a buffet, barbecue, picnic or potluck.
Big Mac Salad by Building Our Story – This Big Mac Salad recipe combines all the deliciousness of a Big Mac in just 20 minutes and is Keto friendly if you are watching your carbs…made in just minutes.
Roasted Asparagus Salad by OMG Yummy – Couldn’t be easier but the preserved lemon makes it so special and a bit different. Perfect make ahead salad and a way to use up luscious summer.
Cauliflower Potato Salad by Jennifer Banz – The ultimate BBQ side dish is back to your keto table, just in time for summer. Loaded with all the classic flavors you love without all the heavy carbs! Cauliflower Potato Salad is the healthy alternative your whole family will love!
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta by Key To My Lime – This is the best strawberry spinach salad with feta and walnuts! Top it with an easy and delicious homemade poppy seed dressing. It’s definitely the perfect salad for a crowd!
Broccoli Cranberry Salad by Key To My Lime – You won’t believe how easy it is to make this vegetarian broccoli cranberry salad recipe! It’s creamy, crunchy, healthy, and delicious!
Prosciutto Melon Panzanella Salad by Three Olives Branch – A fresh summer salad inspired by the Italian classic! Cantaloupe melon and prosciutto ham are mixed in with mozzarella cheese, arugula, and toasted bread.
Creamy Chicken Salad by Razzle Dazzle Life – This creamy chicken salad can be made perfectly with leftover chicken. Leftover BBQ chicken works exceptionally well because it gives it a delicious smoky flavor.
Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad by The Rising Spoon – A healthy summer salad full of hydrating and cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber & jicama and topped with an addicting coconut lime dressing. Serve this quick side dish with your favorite meal or munch on it when you need a refreshing snack on a hot day.
Michigan Salad by Planted 365 – This tasty salad takes just a few minutes to prepare, including the incredibly simple crumbly vegan cheese. Uses seasonal produce that’s plentiful in summer months!
Lemon Kale Salad by Honest and Truly – This simple kale salad massages the kale to tenderize it. The lemon and parmesean add a ton of flavor, and the hardy kale leaves stand up over time, so you can make and dress this salad ahead of time to serve for guests, unlike most salads where you have to wait to dress them.
Goat Cheese and Dried Cherry Salad by Honest and Truly – This goat cheese and dried cherry salad is a cinch to throw together, but it tastes and looks like it took way more time and effort. Pair it with a homemade red wine vinaigrette for the perfect upscale salad everyone will love. Gluten free and unique, this is a favorite salad that goes well with pretty much any menu.
Mango Lime Quinoa Salad by Bucket List Tummy – This lime and mango quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!
Savory Watermelon Basil Salad by Eat Your Way Clean – Savory watermelon? Prepare to have your mind blown by this herbaciois and refreshing summer side salad. Plus, its super quick to throw together.
Orange Pomegranate Salad by Every Day Delicious – This flavorful salad is bursting with sweet and sour flavors. Oranges and pomegranate are paired with crunchy walnuts, salty feta cheese, and mint lime dressing.
Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Trying to eat lighter doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite foods. It just takes a little imagination. This Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad recipe provides all of those Buffalo Chicken Wing flavors you crave minus extra carbs!
7 Layer Pea Salad by Building Our Story – This traditional Seven Layer Salad is piled high with peas, crumbled bacon, cheese, and more! Perfect for potlucks, holidays and barbecues! Light, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is always a hit for any occasion.
Roasted Asparagus, Pear and Walnut Salad by Snack Rules – This Roasted Pear, Walnut, and Asparagus salad is interesting and easy to make. The pear mixes nicely with the taste of the asparagus and walnuts.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad by Stylish Cravings – Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad – Easy canned chicken salad with the same flavors as a jalapeno popper! Perfect low carb summer side dish or meal prep idea!
Mediterranean Bean Salad by A Cedar Spoon – Mediterranean Bean Salad packs chickpeas, white beans, your favorite Mediterranean vegetables and feta cheese into one healthy salad and is topped with a light lemony dressing. This works perfectly as a side dish to a meal or even as lunch with pita bread and hummus.
Strawberry Avocado Salad by Jersey Girl Cooks – Did you know strawberries go great with mozzarella cheese? This is one tasty and creative salad!
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